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The Office of Disability Services works with faculty, staff, students, and employees to ensure equal access and opportunity at Cambridge College.

Any decision regarding accommodations is a collaborative undertaking. The Office of Disability Services coordinates support for students with disabilities and assists in:

  • Academic accommodation
  • Referrals
  • Adapted classroom activities
  • Alternative text
  • Coordination of outside providers
  • Classroom accommodations (physical environment)
  • Questions about/support for students with Service Animals
  • Other special needs.

Note: It is the responsibility of the student to self-disclose disability and to request assistance by filling out a Student Application for Accommodations.

Many accommodations take time to arrange and should be requested in advance. Students are encouraged to make requests for accommodations prior to the beginning of the semester. 

For general information, please see our Student Information Handout here.

To apply to be a Peer Note Taker (paid position) please create an account and fill out an application.

 

Steps to Receiving Services

To apply for the accommodations under the Federal law commonly known as the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, students need to follow these steps:

  • Fill out the Student Request for Services form at https://sierra.accessiblelearning.com/CambridgeCollege/ApplicationStudent.aspx
  • Submit clinical documentation (either via the form above, email, fax, or US mail) to the Office of Disability Support. This could be from a primary care doctor, a therapist, VA, or other medical professional that indicates your diagnosis, the functional limitations, as well as recommended accommodations for you as a student at Cambridge College. It has to be on an official letterhead and signed by a medical professional.
  • Meet with a representative from the Office of Disability Support to discuss the accommodation needs. This should be done in person whenever possible. For students in remote locations, intake could be done via zoom or phone call.
  • Students are provided with an accommodation letter, which they submit to their professor and have a follow-up discussion regarding the implementation of the accommodations.

If you have any questions, please contact Vera Dimoplon at vera.dimoplon@cambridgecollege.edu

Employment Opportunities with the Office of Disability Support

The Office of Disability Support hires student workers each semester. These student workers help to support students with disabilities at Cambridge College. 

 

Please note that this is not a posting for an open position. When positions are open, emails will go out to the students in a particular class where a note taker is needed, or to the student body if another position is available. 

 

Job Description- Peer Note Taker

Students can join the peer note taker "pool" by creating a profile on Office of Disability Support Online Services. This allows potential note takers to be matched with students as needs come up. 

Summary:

Peer Note Takers are hired to provide a copy of their notes to the Office of Disability Support to assist with the implementation of Academic Accommodations for students with disabilities. Peer Note Takers report to the Office of Disability Support Services.

Services May Include:

  • Assist with note-taking; succinctly record the main points of what is presented in a classroom, highlighting important key topics or themes that are emphasized by the instructor
  • Writing down important announcements, due dates and other information as presented by the course instructor

Note Takers are NOT required to provide:

  • Notes for readings outside of class
  • Materials handed out during class

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge and understanding of Cambridge College Offices, policies and procedures. Possess excellent oral & written communication skills.

Peer Note Takers are expected to submit a copy of their notes (either typed, or copied and scanned) to the Office of Disability Support within 24-48 hours of the class meeting time. This ensures that the student(s) receiving the notes receive them in a timely fashion.

The position pays at Massachusetts minimum hourly rate and hours will not exceed 20 hours per week.

Interested students should submit a copy of recent class notes to Vera Dimoplon, at vera.dimoplon@cambridgecollege.edu

 

Job Description- Access Assistant

 

Summary:

Access Assistants help to remove barriers for students with disabilities. Access Assistants are available to address physical barriers for students with mobility and visual disabilities within the classroom. They may assist students with classroom access, note-taking, library assistance, and other classroom activities. Access Assistants report to the Manager of Disability Support and Student Health Records.

 

Services May Include:

  • Assist with note-taking; succinctly record the main points of what is presented in a classroom, highlighting important key topics or themes that are emphasized by the instructor
  • Describing overhead screens and videos, reading textbooks and other course materials
  • Reading/scribing exams and written assignments
  • Assist with library research, multi-media presentations and other related classroom activities
  • Work one on one, in person, with assigned students to assist with classroom work (physical academic tasks; manipulating equipment and materials as needed; active use of textbook, etc.)
  • Provide audio description of visually presented materials in class.

 

Access Assistants are NOT required to provide:

  • Notes for readings outside of class
  • Materials handed out during class
  • Personal care services
  • Tutoring, advising, helping to study, counseling or advocacy services.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge and understanding of Cambridge College Offices, policies and procedures. Possess excellent oral & written communication skills. Experience working with individuals with mobility and visual disabilities preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications. Ability to work a flexible schedule to include evening and weekend assignments. Ability to work well in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment with students, faculty and staff.

 

The position pays at Massachusetts minimum hourly rate and hours will not exceed 20 hours per week.

 

Interested candidates should contact Vera Dimoplon at vera.dimoplon@cambridgecollege.edu when this position is open for recruitment.

 

Hiring Forms:

Fall 2020-2021 Accommodation Letter(s)
High priority

Dear Students,

If you are registered with the Office of Disability Support and are planning to take summer classes, please consider requesting your accommodation letters early. This will allow the ODS time to secure the help you need in order to be successful in your classes on the first day of summer term.

To request your accommodation letter(s), please email me at vera.dimoplon@cambridgecollege.edu and put "Request for Accommodation Letter" in the Subject line. 

Best regards,

Vera Dimoplon, M.A., M.A.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, DSO

Virtual Office Hours
High priority

Dear Students,

My virtual Office Hours are every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

02:00 PM to 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

https://cambridgecollege.zoom.us/j/665520154

Meeting ID: 665 520 154

If you need to speak with me, please click on the link below during the hours listed above. I enabled the waiting room option so, if another student is ahead of you in line, you will need to wait for me to admit you into the chat. Simply click on the link and wait for me to invite you into the chat.

I am also available to have 1:1 meetings via Zoom or phone. In addition, you can always reach out to me via email.

Kind regards,

Vera Dimoplon, MA, MA

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, DSO