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UI teleconference explores legal issues of accommodating students with disabilities

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A national interactive satellite teleconference at the University of Iowa will explore the issues involved in accommodating students who have disabilities. "Legal Insights: Accommodations" will be Thursday, Feb. 26 in the Minnesota Room (347) of the Iowa Memorial Union from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., followed by a discussion session.

The program, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UI offices of Affirmative Action, Student Disability Services, Council on Disability Awareness, Student Services and Faculty and Staff Disability Services.

Among the issues to be addressed are what kinds of accommodations students with learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder need to gain admission into higher education institutions; what steps these students can take when they need accommodations in a post-secondary educational setting; what their responsibilities are, and what the responsibilities of institutions and faculty are.

The discussion is designed for a wide range of people in the university community, school administrators, and people who work with and act as advocates for adolescents and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder. Participants will be able to speak directly with the panel and the viewing audience via interactive telephone communications.

Teleconference panel members include legal experts Jeanne Kincaid and Jo Anne Simon. Kinkead specializes in disability law and teaches special education law at the University of New Hampshire's Graduate School of Education. Simon, a founding member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability, is an expert on the Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to higher education.

The Feb. 26 teleconference is part of series presented by the Distance Learning Link at The University of Georgia Learning Disabilities Center that focuses on educational issues for higher education institutions. The next teleconference will be in October 1998.