The Strategies section of this notebook covers general issues related to access to work-based learning programs for students with disabilities -- legal and attitudinal issues, accommodation strategies, and information from the student's and the employer's perspectives.
The Access to Computing for People with Disabilities section covers three essential areas regarding full access to computing resources by people with disabilities -- computer facility access, adaptive technology, and access to electronic resources.
The Presentations section includes three presentations -- for students with disabilities, career development staff, and employers. Each presentation can be modified to fit the needs of a specific audience.
General References and a Glossary relevant to disabilities, work-based learning and employment can be found in the Resources section of this notebook. Additional references can be found at DO-IT's World Wide Web site at www.washington.edu/doit.
Reproducible handout and overhead transparency templates and videotape presentations are included in the Tools section for self study as well as for use in presentations. They are described below.
Overhead Transparency Templates
A large number of black and white templates that can be used as references or copied onto transparencies for use during presentations are included. You can pick and choose from the templates to customize your presentation for your specific audience.
Five videotape presentations are included on the enclosed videotape.
- A thirteen-minute videotape, It's Your Career, discusses reasons why students with disabilities should participate in campus work-based learning opportunities. The videotape describes internships and other work experience programs as well as outlines ways students can become involved.
- A seven-minute videotape, Finding Gold: Hiring the Best and the Brightest, describes how employers can benefit from including students with disabilities in their internship and cooperative education programs.
- An eleven-minute videotape, Equal Access: Computer Labs, shows how computer labs can be designed in such a way to be accessible to people with disabilities.
- A fourteen-minute videotape presentation, Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology, introduces individuals with disabilities who demonstrate adaptive technology and computer applications for people with mobility impairments, low vision, blindness, hearing and/or speech impairments, health impairments, and learning disabilities.
- An eleven-minute videotape, World Wide Access, introduces viewers to people with disabilities who describe the roadblocks they encounter on the World Wide Web. The videotape provides an overview of principles of accessible Web design. Following these principals ensures that people with a broad range of abilities and disabilities are able to obtain information from Web pages.
Black and white templates of the following handouts can be copied and distributed to staff and faculty in your institution, students with disabilities, and employers participating in your programs. They can also be used for delivering presentations at conferences and regional consortia meetings. The handout templates can be found in the back pocket of this notebook.
- It's Your Career: Work-Based Learning Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
- Finding Gold: Hiring the Best and the Brightest
- Equal Access: Computer Labs
- Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology
- Meet the Speakers in the Videotape -- Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology
- World Wide Access: Accessible Web Design
- Meet the Speakers in the Videotape -- World Wide Access: Accessible Web Design
Materials in electronic form are available at www.washington.edu/doit. Here you will find many of the materials included in this packet, as well as additional information and links to other resources. With a live Internet connection, you can use the site during a presentation. Or, you may prefer to download files for an offline presentation utilizing one of many offline browser capture programs (e.g., Browser Buddy, WebWhacker). If you choose this presentation method, be sure to have the traditional overhead transparencies ready as a backup in case of Internet connection or computer failure.
Permission is granted to reproduce printed materials and videotape presentations for non-commercial, educational purposes as long as proper credit is given to the source.