Editor’s note: This is the second day in a series on disability at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Today’s stories examine the services available to students at the University and the College.Saint Mary’s created the Disabilities Resource Office (DRO) in 2004 to provide students with access to accommodations granted under the Americans with Disabilities Act, director Iris Giamo said. Prior to the creation of the office, associate dean Susan Vanek worked with students to ensure they received the accommodations they needed.Giamo said there are three prongs of disability that the office serves including “learning, chronic medical and psychiatric disabilities.”Eric Richelsen | The Observer Students with disease vary from serious asthma, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and immunological diseases, she said. Learning disabilities include dyslexia, dyscalculia, executive function and attention disorders. Psychiatric disabilities include anxiety disorders, bipolar, Asperger’s and others.Students must register with the DRO to receive accommodations, which are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, Giamo said.Students eligible for educational accommodations might receive extended time and reduced-distraction room, note-takers and print materials in alternate formats — electronic and audio.Giamo said the DRO provides students access for what they need under the law and any grade they earn is a result of hard work.“We consider the established history, self-report and third party documentation and evaluations,” she said. “Saint Mary’s is a small campus, and it spreads responsibility for compliance with disability protections to each member in our community.”Giamo said her office teaches students to be independent and learn to advocate for themselves.“The office empowers students,” she said. “Disabled students may need extra time to show mastery of a subject, and it’s essential that they have access to curriculum.”Giamo said Saint Mary’s has attracted several students with physical disabilities over the years, but this fall the College will welcome the first student in a wheelchair in at least 12 years.The DRO works closely with Residence Life and Facilities staff to provide the physical access needed and updates in adherence to legal architectural guidelines are made when necessary, Giamo said.Giamo said ADA has increased the number of students that can attend college.“Eight percent of the student population at Saint Mary’s identifies as having a disability,” she said. “Only 75 percent of that eight percent use their accommodation.”According to Giamo, the reason only 75 percent of students may use their accommodations is because many students learn to compensate or may not need it for a certain classes.Many practitioners in the field think the number is close to 10 percent nationally, Giamo said.Equal access for people with disabilities is part of civil rights and for this reason professors are required to include information about the DRO on their syllabi, Giamo said.“This has definitely raised the profile of the office and allowed students to address what they might need,” she said. “We have an exceptional faculty here and not only for students with disabilities”Giamo said it is crucial for students to share their concerns about accessibility and accommodations with the College and the DRO.“It is only when people write or talk about it that we can deal with these issues.”Other resources for students with disabilities include Office for Student Success to assist students with their academic careers.Giamo said the Office promotes academic skills and healthy study habits for students with and without disabilities. There are also volunteer tutors in each department as well as tutors in the Writing Center to help students succeed.She said there is a heightened awareness especially with the emerging field of disability studies and theory.“There’s a saying in the field that ‘anyone at any time can become disabled,’” Giamo said.Tags: ADA, Disabilities Resource Office, disability, DRO, saint mary’s
iXblue has launched new SeapiX-C solid-state 3D multibeam sonar which offers real-time georeferenced static bathymetry capabilities to marine works operators for instant monitoring and decision-making.Offering a new static 3D imagery solution able to display the seabed in real-time during jack-up barges deployment, SeapiX-C enables operators to directly see where they are positioning the legs of the platforms. All real-time bathymetric results, platform information and other critical information are furthermore displayed within a single user-friendly interface to facilitate operations.SeapiX-C also offers solutions that increase operational efficiency for dredging works by enabling real-time monitoring of construction or maintenance operations. With this new georeferenced static bathymetry capability, operators can observe and monitor their work directly into their existing dredging software, preventing ineffective or out of specifications dredging and reducing dredging-time, iXblue explains.“Increasing efficiency and reducing vessel-time is a key focus for all companies working in the offshore industry. Because we strive to always bring new innovative solutions to support operators in their daily operations, we developed a unique static bathymetry solution dedicated to marine works,” explains Frédéric Mosca, Head of iXblue’s Sonar division. “Providing highly accurate and robust static bathymetry, SeapiX-C is a valuable solid-state seabed-mapping solution that brings about more efficient and flexible operations, as well as increased safety to marine works, and which is perfectly suited for challenging jack-up barges deployments and dredging operations.”
St. Leon, In. — The East Central FFA Chapter in St. Leon has won a $3,000 grant as part of the “Yearlong Living to Serve Grant” program. The nationwide program directs money to FFA chapters that have a community focus on safety, environmental responsibility, hunger, health, nutrition and community engagement.FFA members from East Central will examine ways to address invasive species with EC Re-Leaf campaign, remove Ash trees infected with the emerald ash borer and replace them with other native species and educate the public on the importance of planting and maintaining native plants.The “Yearlong Living to Serve” program has sent almost $338,000 to chapters in 35 states and Puerto Rico. Corporate sponsors of the program are Tractor Supply Company and CSX Railroad.There’s more information online at ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.
Reports reaching the Daily Observer have it that the Supreme Court will on Monday, April 21, hear a plea by state lawyers who allege that Judge Mozart A. Chesson, of the Tax Court, “erroneously dismissed” its US$14,912.91 tax evasion case brought against Krystal Oceanview Hotel.Besides seeking a probe into their allegation of “erroneous dismissal” against Judge Chesson, who argued his decision was based on “legal procedural errors,” the lawyers have also sought the quashing of his (Judge Chesson) decision to recommend the matter to the Board of Tax Appeal (BOTA).But, now, the Justice-in-Chambers, Phillip Banks will step in—in response to a plea— and listen to the state lawyers’ plea.Our source hinted to our reporter, that the Justice-in-Chambers pointed out that his hearing the plea is based on the state lawyers’ insistence on the matter being determined sooner.Earlier, according to our source, Judge Chesson’s predecessor Judge Eva Mappy Morgan on January 24, 2012 had ruled the case to trial, after she refused state lawyers’ request to augment its records, reducing the amount in question from US$14, 912.63 to US$8,073,061.73.Judge Morgan had not stayed to decide the matter and was replaced with Judge Mozart Chesson in 2013.Details of the case said, in 2011, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) complained to the Court, alleging that Krystal Oceanview Ocean had failed to properly file and pay 7% goods and service tax, and 2%presumptive and withholding taxes to the Government of Liberia, (GOL) in the amount of US$14,912.91 for the fiscal years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.Interestingly, the state lawyers on November 16, 2011, filed another motion before the court, contending that the amount of US$14,912.63, spelt out in its initial complaint, be changed to US$8,073,061.23.However, lawyers representing the Hotel in response filed a motion to dismiss, requesting that the plaintiff’s amended complaint be dismissed on grounds that the plaintiff be denied the benefit of an amendment, suggesting that it would be in violation of Chapter 9, Section 9.10 Paragraph (a ) (b) and (c).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)