Understanding and Evaluating College Disability Support Offices
Recorded on January 10, 2012 (60 minutes)

The issues surrounding disability access in higher education are becoming increasingly complex. As educational consultants work to assist students with learning disabilities-- from student-to-college match-- understanding the specific nuisances and variances in the types of college support available is essential to a successful placement.  This webinar is designed as an overview of the fundamental types of disability supports services (DSS) available, and how to assist students and their families in evaluating the supports that are available to meet a student's individual need.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how college disability support services vary from campus to campus;
  • Understand how to analyze if a college's DSS office's philosophy and service provision model is a good match for a student's needs;
  • Know what questions one should ask when visiting the college DSS office;
  • Understand the top three (3) truths the DSS office will rarely tell you but you must know for a student's successful college experience

Dr. Kendra Johnson, IECA

Dr. Kendra Johnson is co-founder of Transition 2 College, an educational consulting firm that specializes in helping high school students with disabilities transition to college.  In additional to her consulting practice, Kendra is currently the director of test accommodations for the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) where she oversees testing accommodations for applicants with all manners of disabilities seeking equal access to the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Prior to her position with GMAC, she was the ADA/504 compliance officer and director of a college disability support services office at the University of Michigan (Flint Campus) and at the University of Toledo. With her strong passion for reaching out to college students with disabilities, in 2005 she co-authored the book 100 Things Every College Student with a Disability Ought to Know and founded the consulting company, Transition Game Educational Consultants, LLC, now Transition2College.com.  She is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences on the successful transition to college for students with disabilities and an invited speaker at high school college fairs for students with disabilities planning to attend -or thinking of attending college.

As an independent educational consultant and trainer, she empowers students to remember that "there are no limitations except those that are self-imposed!"

Kendra has also worked as an adjunct university instructor teaching special education courses for future teachers in training, while serving as a full-time college administrator. Kendra is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and a member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

Kendra holds a B.A. in American Public Affairs-Social Relations from Michigan State University, a M.A in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University, and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Wayne State University. 

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