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Report
Disabilities Advisory
Committee (DAC)
Illinois Board of Higher Education
Board Meeting
December 4, 2007
Antecedents to the DAC
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Underrepresented Groups report to Governor &
General Assembly
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Annual report with plans/strategies for increasing
participation and advancement of minorities, women and
students with disabilities
Pivotal leadership of Mr. James Kaplan, former IBHE
chair
Gateway to Success: Rethinking Access and Diversity
for a New Century
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A seminal study submitted in August 2001
Creation of the DAC
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Committee organized in February 2004
Charged to advise IBHE on policy matters –
serving students with disabilities effectively
Membership - disability providers and experts
from universities and community colleges and
a rep of students and ISBE. IBHE liaison
assigned.
Working on recruiting rep of independent inst.
IBHE Grant Support - History
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Funds allocated total approximately $1.0 million
since FY 2003
Examples of projects funded:
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Conference on Accommodative Teaching and Assistive
Technology
Transition support programs
Training for meeting needs of multicultural, visually
impaired students
Promotion of web accessibility (ongoing)
Systematic data collection/metrics on students with
disabilities (ongoing)
Disabilities Advisory Committee
Current Goals & Outcomes
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Promoting better data collection and reporting on
students with disabilities
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Collaborated in the modification of the Shared Enrollment
and Graduation data base to track students with disabilities
Working on development of disability metrics data
collection systems/surveys
Funding for Disability Service operations, especially
high cost & time intensive services
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Collaborated with the ICCB on the Student Success grant
Disabilities Advisory Committee
Current Goals & Outcomes
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Promoting increased web accessibility
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Collaborated in training, information dissemination and
advocacy throughout state
Recommending new reporting standards for
Underrepresented Groups report (see handout)
Capacity building for Disability Service providers
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Collaborated with Interagency Coordinating Council and
disabilityworks
Collaborated with IBHE and ICCB on issues related to
serving students with cognitive and developmental
disabilities
Future Plans
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Web Accessibility (HECA grant project)
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Recommending adoption by IBHE of the proposed web
accessibility reporting requirements created by an Illinois
consortium of colleges
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http://www.cita.uiuc.edu/collaborate/illinois/docs/ibhe-webreports.html (see handout also)
IBHE – HECA Disability Metrics project anticipates
recommending new data collection as part of
Underrepresented Groups report: annual admin report &
registered students report; provide tools/manual for other
tracking of entering students, alumni
Implementation of the state’s new IT Accessibility Act
Current members of the DAC
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Tom Thompson, Chair
Harper College
Brad Hedrick, UIUC
Sue Ouellette, NIU
Kathleen Plesko, SIUC
Michael Whitney, SIUC
Debra Watkins, Chicago
City Colleges
Student representative to be
appointed
Ocheng Jany, IBHE
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Karen Hunter-Anderson,
ICCB
Victoria Amey-Flippin,
NEIU
Beth Hanselman, ISBE
Harriett Shaikes, College of
Lake County
Peg Kennedy, Olney Central
College

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