Accessibility Week events plus the Accessibility Tip for Wed., April 27

This week we are celebrating Online Accessibility Action Week at Shoreline. The Faculty Learning Community on Accessible Online Course Content – has put together daily tips for you!

Today’s tip is: Creating Accessible Word Documents
According to the Office of Special Services here at SCC, one of the greatest needs for students with disabilities is that instructional documents be free from accessibility barriers. This would include syllabi as well as other course materials. Happily, Microsoft Word has the ability to quickly check documents for issues that people with disabilities might experience. Portland Community College has pulled together a nice resource that includes checking for accessibility issues in both MS Word and PowerPoint files.

If you want to learn more, join us for our Accessibility Training Sessions on campus this week! Today is our in depth look at 5 steps to creating accessible syllabi and other documents. See details about that event, and the other events this week, below:

5 Steps to Accessible Syllabi
Wednesday, April 27, 1:30-3:00pm Room 4214
Quickly learn the 5 steps that make documents accessible!  We’ll be at computers so please bring a syllabus or other document that you’d like to improve.

Thursday, April 28, 1:30-3:00pm Room 4214
What does UDOIT mean?! It is finally easy for anyone to check their Canvas classroom for accessibility. UDOIT is a great new tool that is inside Canvas – a few clicks and it has checked your full course for Accessibility.  It also provides information on how to fix the issues!  Our FLC has also put together a handy checklist if you want to check your course that way.  FLC Members will be present to show you how to use the tools and to help you quickly make improvements.

“Digital Accessibility in Higher Ed: Risk Assessment, Responsibility and Benefits” with Dr. Janet Sedgley, University of Montana
Friday, April 29 11:30-12:30pm, PUB
It feels like a new buzz phrase – digital accessibility.  Those steeped in it, throw the term around daily.  Most others don’t find the term very accessible (aka approachable).  More individuals are starting to understand a little about how to create accessible Word documents and that web images require alt tags.  We have added more steps to our work processes. Why?

Let’s take a step back and get a general view of what’s happening with higher education and digital accessibility.  Is it truly an issue that needs our attention, how involved are each of us and what is higher education’s return on investment as far as digital accessibility.

This presentation is part of the T&L Conference but you are welcome to attend this session even if not registered for the full conference.  Please RSVP here so we have enough seats set up for you.

If you cannot attend an on campus training, please reach out to eLearning Services and we can set up individual sessions as needed.

Mark Your Calendar: Veterans Day Activities, Tues., Nov. 10

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Veterans Day is Wed., Nov. 11. As campus is closed in remembrance on that day, we will be conducting Veterans Day activities on Tues., Nov. 10. The entire campus community is invited to participate in the following Veterans Day events on Tues., Nov. 10 to honor our United States Military Veterans:

Veterans Day Flag Ceremony: 12:30-1 p.m., Flag Pole outside the Admin (1000) Bldg
Please join us as we gather at the Flag Pole to show our appreciation of United States Military Veterans. Associate Dean of Office of Special Services, Kathy Cook, will say a few words to honor the occasion. Student and Army Veteran, Daniel Siller, and Shoreline student Antoine Germain will perform The Star Spangled Banner.

Student Veteran Panel: 1-2 p.m. in PUB Quiet Dining Room (9208)
Student Veterans discuss their international experiences and how their international service has impacted their choices of major and career and helped them develop cultural competency.

“Restrepo” Film Showing: 2:30 p.m. in Room 1402

Please join us for a showing of the film “Restrepo,” which explores the year that Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington spent in Afghanistan on assignment for Vanity Fair, embedded with the Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army in the Korangal Valley. The 2nd Patoon is depicted defending the outpost (OP) named after a platoon medic who was killed earlier in the campaign, PFC Juan Sebastian Restrepo, a Colombian-born naturalized citizen.

The film will be followed by a discussion panel.

Place a leaf on the Veterans Honor Tree: Through the month of November
Honor a veteran by writing their name or a message on a leaf and placing it on our Honor Tree or place a picture of a veteran on our Honor Tree (please do not submit original photos).

If you would like to participate or submit names/messages/pictures to be displayed, please do one of the following:

Stop by the Veterans Resource Center (FOSS 5225) to fill out a leaf (or leaves) or place a picture on our Honor Tree.

Stop by the Office of Special Services (FOSS 5226) to fill out a leaf (or leaves) or place a picture on our Honor Tree.

Submit names, messages and photos by email to Veterans Program Coordinator, Missy Anderson:  (no original photos please)

 *We will be accepting submissions through Saturday November 15th

The Honor Tree will be located outside the Veterans Resource Center (FOSS 5225) through 11/15 and the PUB through the end of November.

We hope you will all join us in marking this important day and we thank you for your continued support of our student veterans.

Disability Awareness Month Tip for Mon., Oct. 12: Understanding Dyspraxia

In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Office of Special Services (OSS) is working to raise awareness of disabilities by offering daily facts and tips about people with disabilities and living with disability. Please take a minute to read and broaden your understanding.

Oct. 11-17 is Dyspraxia Awareness Week

What is dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia isn’t a sign of muscle weakness or of low intelligence. It’s a brain-based condition that makes it hard to plan and coordinate physical movement. Children with dyspraxia tend to struggle with balance and posture. They may appear clumsy or “out of sync” with their environment.[1]

Dyspraxia goes by many names: developmental coordination disorder, motor learning difficulty, motor planning difficulty and apraxia of speech. It can affect the development of gross motor skills like walking or jumping. It can also affect fine motor skills. These include things like the hand movements needed to write clearly and the mouth and tongue movements needed to pronounce words correctly.

Dyspraxia can affect social skills too. Children with dyspraxia may behave immaturely even though they typically have average or above-average intelligence.

Kids don’t outgrow dyspraxia. But occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and other tools and strategies can help. Kids can learn to work around areas of weakness and build on their strengths.

Different Kinds of Dyspraxia
Dyspraxia can affect different kinds of movement. Professionals you speak to might break it down into these categories:

  • Ideomotor dyspraxia: Makes it hard to complete single-step motor tasks such as combing hair and waving goodbye.
  • Ideational dyspraxia: Makes it more difficult to perform a sequence of movements, like brushing teeth or making a bed.
  • Oromotor dyspraxia, also called verbal apraxia or apraxia of speech: Makes it difficult to coordinate muscle movements needed to pronounce words. Kids with dyspraxia may have speech that is slurred and difficult to understand because they’re unable to enunciate.
  • Constructional dyspraxia: Makes it harder to understand spatial relationships. Kids with this type of dyspraxia may have difficulty copying geometric drawings or using building blocks.[2]

The above information was taken from and can be found on

Shoreline’s Disability Awareness Society Honors International Cerebral Palsy Day Wed., Oct. 7

October 7, 2015 is World Cerebral Palsy Day. In honor of this day, the students in Shoreline’s Disability Awareness Society will be hosting a table in the PUB from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to help educate the campus community on cerebral palsy…a disability that affects 17 million people world-wide.

Although cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability in childhood, it is widely misunderstood. Through World CP Day, we have the opportunity to raise awareness of CP in our communities and assist others to look beyond the disability.

Public awareness is an issue because CP is a complex, lifelong disability. It primarily affects movement, but people with CP may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments. It can be mild, such as a weakness in one hand, to severe cases in which people have little control over movements or speech and may need 24-hour assistance.

People living with CP can experience a range of responses from others in their communities. On one end of the spectrum, they can face deep-seated but misguided sympathy, or even pity. Though intentions are good, they infantilize the person with CP. They can be smothered with (too much) love, and spoken to in a simple, childlike way. Others can subconsciously over-protect a person with CP, and thus prevent them from having essential life experiences.

On the other end of the spectrum, CP is viewed through deep-seated cultural beliefs. It may be seen as validation of superstitions about the mother, or wrath upon a family. Some even believe that CP is contagious or that a child with CP brings shame to a family. Mothers may be abandoned with their child, or a person with CP may live their life in an institution.

And in the middle are thousands of fine people who still find it difficult to make eye contact or know how to communicate with someone who has CP. It is not that they feel any ill will, it is just best—maybe even polite—to not engage.

There is nothing to be gained in blaming people for their ignorance about CP. Instead, we will work to put an end to it. We have the ability and the moral obligation to ensure everyone knows the real truth, and acts accordingly.

The above information and more can be found on the World CP Day’s site. For an graphic with even more information about cerebral palsy, click here.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

This month gives us an opportunity to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for this year — which marks 70 years since the first observance — is “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.”

Shoreline Community College — through a collaboration between the Office of Special Services, the Disability Awareness Society and the Associated Students of Shoreline — will be celebrating Disability Employment Awareness month and will be providing disability related tips and information each day to help raise awareness and encourage people to see beyond a person’s disability and see the person, not just their disability.

As part of our effort to raise awareness, we’re holding a weekly contest. Every Monday in October (starting Mon., Oct. 5), we’ll distribute a quote written in braille and American Sign Language. Contestants have until the following Friday afternoon to submit an entry form with that quote translated into written English. Anyone submitting an entry form will be entered into a drawing to win a $10 gift card to the bookstore. Drawings for the prize will be held Fridays at 3 p.m.

New quotes, entry forms and cheat sheets! (copies of the braille alphabet and the American Sign Language alphabet) are provided and will be available for pick up at the Bookstore, Office of Special Services (OSS) in FOSS 5226 and at the Community Integration and Employment Program office in room 2910.

Stay tuned for more information!!!!!

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