Thursday, July 22, 2010

Disability services for nursing students

What type of disability services does your nursing school provide? here's what Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing provides:
Upon admission and prior to enrollment, students with a disability should provide a comprehensive evaluation of a specific disability from an appropriate qualified diagnostician that identifies the type of disability, describes the current level of functioning in an academic setting, and lists recommended accommodations. Dean Angell coordinates reasonable accommodation.

Johns Hopkins University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic in any student program, activity administered by the University, admission or employment.

A person with a disability is defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as an individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. For persons with disabilities it is important to provide to the University a comprehensive evaluation of a specific disability from an appropriate qualified diagnostician that identifies the type of disability, describes the current level of functioning in an academic or employment setting and lists recommended accommodations. It is important to submit this documentation to the appropriate coordinator or Human Resources contact person in a timely manner. Occasionally, it may be necessary to request additional information from an individual’s diagnostician to verify the information or accommodations.

Peggy Hayeslip, Director, ADA Compliance & Disability Services in the Office of Institutional Equity serves as the central point of contact for information on physical and programmatic access, specific accommodations, resolution of complaints and problems, faculty and staff concerns, and identification of available services. In addition, the office can provide training, consultation, and information regarding disability issues.

The school in which the student is enrolled assumes the coordination of reasonable accommodations. It is important to make an appointment with the appropriate person at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester to ensure that accommodations are provided in a timely manner. The Offices of Human Resources and/or University Departments assume the coordination of services and accommodations for employees.
You can learn more here.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Supporting disabled students in practice: a tripartite approach

Here's another great article about disabled students titled, "Supporting disabled students in practice: a tripartite approach." Here's the abstract:
Universities are required to make reasonable adjustments for disabled students. For providers of professional courses, in this case pre-registration nursing, this requirement is perceived to pose significant challenges. In part this is due to the nature of the course, where practice learning is a central component and therefore clinical hands-on experience of the care of patients/clients is an absolute requirement. Concerns around the ability of disabled students' to meet the programme requirements have been expressed. This article describes the co-development of a six-phase tripartite model that provides a supportive framework for disabled student nurses in the practice environment. A brief overview of the literature will be given and a single case study will be used to demonstrate the model in action. The development of broad partnership working between the Practice Learning Team, The Disability Service and the Student Placement Facilitator, taking a student centric approach, is outlined. Finally, the process by which a critical knowledge base, on which decisions around reasonable adjustment can be made is discussed. Copyright 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Griffiths L, Worth P, Scullard Z, Gilbert D. Supporting disabled students in practice: a tripartite approach. Nurse Educ Pract. 2010 May;10(3):132-7. Epub 2009 Jun 6.
PMID: 19502110