Getting Connected is about finding engagement points related to accessibility here at PCC where you can have a conversation, or try something new in a hands-on environment, participate in a webinar to get up to speed on a topic you're curious about, or access archives.
For students who are interested in attending one of our information sessions to get the accommodation process started, please see our page with session description and scheduling options.
While there are a range of events and training opportunities featured on our website. We are highlighting the offerings below:
Disability Cultural Competency: Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice
This session will provide context for understanding disability not as a medical problem but as a socially constructed phenomenon. It is recommended for staff and faculty as well as student groups. Here is a link to the Cultural Competency Presentation File
AT 101: Demystifying Access Technologies
This session will introduce software and hardware that can reduce barriers to learning and working. Examples for notetaking, magnification, text to speech and speech recognition will be provided along with resources to learn more. Here is a link to the AT 101 Presentation File
Accessibility 101: Programs and Events
This session will cover accessibility basics for programs and events. Come to learn about making your office, program, or event more accessible for all. This session will be an introduction to concepts related to physical and digital environment accessibility, as well as, covering important information for publications and marketing materials. Faculty, Staff, and Student Groups are encouraged to attend. Accessibility 101 Presentation File, Accessibility 101 Presentation Outline, Checklist for Offices, and Checklist for Furniture
What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do
This session will discuss the process students go through to obtain accommodations, what accommodations are and are not, and provide valuable information on common points of confusion. We'll offer time for Q&A. Here is a link to the handout for what to do when you don't know what to do.
Access and Inclusion: A Shared Responsibility
Learn about legal mandates related to accommodating students with documented disabilities and get introduced to the concept of Universal Design to reduce barriers proactively. In addition, the PCC accommodation management system will be described with a focus on electronic notification letters and accommodated test contracts. Here is a ink to the presentation for Access and Inclusion and related handouts on What Faculty Need to Know and Disability Statistics to Shift Practice.
Understanding Students on the Spectrum
This session will provide information on positive communication strategies. It begins with an overview of what autism is, using videos to share first-person perspectives, and providing examples of characteristics and challenges, then moves into areas of practical concern including conduct and de-escalation with time for Q and A at the end. Here is a link to the Autism presentation file.
Understanding Service Animals
This session provides guidance regarding the PCC Policy on Service Animals. Definitions, examples, and etiquette will be discussed along with key concepts related to rights and responsibilities. Here is a link to the Service Animal presentation file.
Can't make it to a scheduled event?
There are also opportunities to access webinar archives, conference session recordings, and other materials. See our page in Spaces for materials from the Association on Higher Education and Disability.