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Iowa City IA 52242
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UI teleconference explores legal issues of accommodating students
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A national interactive satellite teleconference at
the University of Iowa will explore the issues involved in accommodating
students who have disabilities. "Legal Insights: Accommodations"
will be Thursday, Feb. 26 in the Minnesota Room (347) of the Iowa Memorial
Union from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., followed by a discussion session.
The program, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UI offices
of Affirmative Action, Student Disability Services, Council on Disability
Awareness, Student Services and Faculty and Staff Disability Services.
Among the issues to be addressed are what kinds of accommodations students
with learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder need to gain admission
into higher education institutions; what steps these students can take
when they need accommodations in a post-secondary educational setting;
what their responsibilities are, and what the responsibilities of institutions
and faculty are.
The discussion is designed for a wide range of people in the university
community, school administrators, and people who work with and act as advocates
for adolescents and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit
disorder. Participants will be able to speak directly with the panel and
the viewing audience via interactive telephone communications.
Teleconference panel members include legal experts Jeanne Kincaid and
Jo Anne Simon. Kinkead specializes in disability law and teaches special
education law at the University of New Hampshire's Graduate School of Education.
Simon, a founding member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability,
is an expert on the Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to higher
The Feb. 26 teleconference is part of series presented by the Distance
Learning Link at The University of Georgia Learning Disabilities Center
that focuses on educational issues for higher education institutions. The
next teleconference will be in October 1998.