Archive: On The Green
Issue: July 11, 2008 - Vol. 37 No. 36

OSWD events draw ever-increasing crowds

Pictured are (from left): front rowóJanet Byrne, OSWD senior low vision specialist; Dr. Patricia Tesar, OSWD director; Sara Deaton, OSWD student note taking coordinator; Edgar Palmer, CAPSS associate dean; back rowóArthur Roehrig, OSWD counselor; Dr. Barbara White, social work professor; Kathleen Nadeau, director of the Chesapeake AD/HD Center, and Dr. William Kachman, Mental Health Center associate director.

At the close of the academic year, the staff of the Office of Students with Disabilities (OSWD) reported a record number of attendees at disability training and professional development opportunities.

“Large numbers of on campus professionals and students consistently attended OSWD’s Disability Lecture Forums and related disability support service programs,” noted Dr. Patricia Tesar, OSWD director. She counted 122 faculty, staff, students, and administrators in attendance at OSWD’s final Disability Lecture Forum of the semester, “Helping Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Succeed in College.” The speaker was Dr. Kathleen G. Nadeau, director of the Chesapeake AD/HD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) Center, co-founder of the AD/HD life management software Skoach, and author of A College Survival Guide for Students with AD/HD and LD.

Nadeau addressed the assessment and documentation of AD/HD in college students, AD/HD’s impact on learning, co-morbid disorders—disorders that occur at the same time as another disorder but are not related to it—commonly associated with students who have AD/HD, classroom accommodations for college students with the disorders, and faculty tips and methods for working with these students. She also offered a demonstration of the Skoach software.

Reshaping training opportunities to meet constituents’ needs is paramount at OSWD. Tesar believes that increased attendance is attributable, in part, to OSWD’s efforts to assess the training needs of its on campus constituents. With the increased numbers of students with disabilities now attending Gallaudet, members of the campus community have continually expressed their desire to learn more about supporting students with disabilities in both curricular and extracurricular activities and programs. There has been keen interest in learning more about students with multiple hidden disabilities such as learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, psychological disabilities, and chronic disabilities.

OSWD staff believes that it is only through collective efforts among all constituents that Gallaudet will successfully accommodate the support service needs of students with disabilities. This fall, OSWD will continue to provide as many training and professional development opportunities as possible.

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