By Ryan Schoensee
Special Projects Writer, Office of University Communications
(Nov. 21, 2012) -- UTSA Student Disability Services (SDS) provides assistance to nearly 800 students who have disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
In addition to supporting students with disabilities who navigate UTSA's campuses, SDS provides its registered students with a variety of accommodations depending on the needs of the student. These services include, but are not limited to, disability counseling, assistive technology, alternative media, reasonable accommodations and the sharing of disability related information.
Marti Hathorn is a former UTSA student with a visual disability who earned an information systems degree from UTSA. While a student, Hathorn requested a notetaker from Student Disability Services for one of her programming courses. Later in the course, she acquired a computer and began taking her own notes. Before long, she had students in the class approaching her for help with their notes. The alumna now is employed as an assistive technology supervisor at the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, where she helps students learn about technology to enhance their learning and overcome barriers in their environment.
SDS partners with several organizations across campus to assist UTSA students with registered disabilities. These beneficial partnerships range from the University Career Center, which helps locate internships for students with disabilities, to Counseling Services, which helps all UTSA students including students with disabilities who need to communicate and advocate their disability needs within their classrooms and workplaces. SDS also partners with the Tomás Rivera Center for Student Success to provide students with disabilities with the academic support and tutoring they need to be successful.
"Playing a role in helping students with disabilities is exciting because I get to see students succeed and accomplish goals," said Bridget Dupree, SDS disability specialist. "Once we had an information table set up and a student with a visual impairment stopped by our table and was able to distinguish and recognize one of the employees at Student Disability Services just by the sound of her voice, and it made me aware of many ways students with disabilities are able to draw upon their strengths."
"A huge focus for us is campus awareness and being accessible to our students," said Dianne Hengst, SDS director. "We want to create a comfortable environment, and we aim to be a strong resource for UTSA students on both campuses."
SDS is on the Main Campus in Multidisciplinary Studies Building Room 3.01.16 and on the Downtown Campus in Buena Vista Street Building Room 1.302.
To learn more about SDS services or to register a disability, visit the UTSA Student Disability Services website.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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