Coordinator-Disability Support Services
COORDINATOR-DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES
WILBUR WRIGHT COLLEGE
City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) makes every effort to integrate students with disabilities into all courses and programs, in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the goal of helping students with disabilities succeed in their academic pursuits.
The Disability Access Center (DAC) coordinates and provides a variety of supportive services to students with documented disabilities. These supportive services include classroom accommodations, note takers, exam proctors, transcribers, sign language interpreters, and access to a wide range adaptive technology and equipment.
Wilbur Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, seeks a qualified Coordinator-Disability Support Services to assist the Director in administering the day to day operations of the DAC. This position is responsible for coordinating and ensuring the provision of supportive services to enrolled students with documented disabilities to ensure equal access to all of CCC’s programs and services.
- Reviews disability documentation and service eligibility records on file with returning students with disabilities (on a semester basis or as requested) to ensure accommodations and support services continue to be appropriate to the specific disability. Makes appropriate adjustments to individual accommodation and service plans as needed.
- Assists in implementing individual accommodation plans for students. Responds to and resolves students’ concern regarding services including support (note taker, interpreter), accommodations in the classroom, use of adaptive technology, and related issues.
- Prepares and disseminates communications to faculty informing them of accommodations needed for students with disabilities enrolled in their classes. Consults with faculty to respond to questions and resolve in-class accommodation issues.
- Schedules staff (note takers, sign language interpreters, readers/scribes) and prioritizes the assignment of staff to students to ensure the efficient allocation of available resources. Advises Director of insufficient staff to meet students’ support service needs and recommends alternatives and solutions.
- Provides training and assistance to DAC staff and students with disabilities on the use of assistive technology and equipment located in DAC (i.e. braille equipment, talking pens, video magnifiers, screen reading aids, recording devices).
- Monitors and oversees the conversion of textbooks, handouts, tests and other materials by DAC staff into electronic formats, Braille and large print materials with the use of various software programs.
- Maintains inventory of assistive technology equipment and arranges for servicing of equipment as needed. Researches and recommends the purchase of new assistive technology equipment to meet identified student needs.
- Provides direct services to students arriving at the DAC in need of support services. Proctors exams and assists the Director in monitoring staff proctoring exams to students to maintain the integrity of test administration process. Ensures appropriate assistive methods are used by staff in administering tests to students.
- Participates in workshops to provide information on DAC functions, issues affecting students with disabilities in higher education, available resources for students with disabilities, and related topics. Participates in college recruitment events to provide information on services available to students with disabilities through the DAC.
- Works collaboratively with Director in monitoring the progress of students through the semester and assessing the quality of services being provided by DAC. Conducts student satisfaction surveys, informal student meetings and meets with students’ instructors and college advisors.
- Assists in implementing procedures to address issues of quality, improve support to students with disabilities and increase the effectiveness of DAC’s programs and services.
- Maintains awareness of best practices for students with disabilities in higher education.
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Education, Rehabilitation, Counseling, Psychology, or a related field required.
- Master’s Degree preferred.
- Two years of professional work experience working with students with disabilities in a post-secondary institution.
- Demonstrated experience in interpreting and applying Section 504 and the ADA in a higher education setting.
- Demonstrated experience working with individuals with disabilities.
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends, as needed.
- Ability and willingness to travel between Wilbur Wright College and Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center, as needed.
Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within six (6) months of hire.
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