yellow pages news jobs events calendar movie times RSS News Feeds
Rocklin and Roseville Today Local Events
   |   Current Temp: 67.0 F (19.4 C)
 

College President Offers Disability Advice


Share It.




You could say Dr. Richard Davenport, president of Minnesota State University, has a great deal of personal experience with and an open mind toward people with disabilities, especially communication disorders, such as stuttering, and also voice challenges caused by cleft lip or palate, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, deafness, brain injury or stroke.

"When I was in my primary grades, I had a speech problem," said Davenport in a telephone interview. "I couldn't pronounce my r's and l's, but eventually grew out of it. My high school English teacher's husband, who was a speech pathologist, urged me to consider the field."

"The more I learned, the more I gained an interest in stuttering. There was no known cause. That had me hooked."

Over time, Davenport produced research leading to a theory stuttering came from a neurological defect, rather than being learned. He earned a master's degree in speech and hearing science at Colorado State. Today, he oversees 15,000 students, including 600 registering as having a disability. The university has a number of undergraduate- and graduate-degree disability-related majors, including rehabilitation counseling, communication disorders, special education, and social work.

Three years ago, several students visited his office, including one using a power wheelchair who mentioned having trouble getting to the library in winter due to snow. In response, Davenport led an effort to create an accessible, underground tunnel from the student union to the library. Construction on the tunnel finished recently. Davenport said the number of all MSU students visiting the library has increased dramatically-not just students with disabilities. Everyone has benefited.

Also, this month, Minnesota State changed the name of its Office of Disability Services to "Accessibility Resources" to better reflect its mission. The newly named Accessibility Resources office just happens to be located at one end of the new library tunnel.

In terms of advice, Davenport said, "To university presidents, (disability issues) should be second nature. First off, we have a responsibility to serve all students. If you have barriers preventing students from coming to your institution, you are depriving them of choice."

In saying colleges should be physically accessible, Davenport also pointed out the importance of institutional accessibility, in terms of policies, procedures, technology, attitudes, and administrators and professors responding to feedback. He said one of his roles as university president has been to set the expectation all students would be treated with respect and fairness.






more news Print This Article


LittleGiantFudge.com and Palmer Bus Service make this column possible.

Daniel J. Vance is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor from Vernon Center, Minn. His weekly newspaper column Disabilities has been published in more than 260 newspapers.

Daniel J. Vance may be reached at www.danieljvance.com



Placer County News Headlines

Roseville Financial Advisor Sentenced for Ripping Off ClientsMichelle Lee Kern, 36, who worked as a licensed financial advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. in Roseville has been sentenced to 46 months in prison.

Roseville, Rocklin among California's Best Cities for Home OwnershipIn a recent Nerd Wallet report, Rocklin, Folsom, and Roseville, rank 11th through 13th (respectively) among California's Best Cities for Homeownership.

Hidden Falls Regional Park Receives GrantPlacer County's "gem of the foothills," Hidden Falls Regional Park, is the recipient of a grant that will fund innovative projects protecting long-term ecological values and economic viability

Roseville Developer Begins Senior Community in Elk GroveUSA Properties Fund will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Arbor Creek Senior Apartments at 10:30 a.m., Aug. 4, at the project site located at Elk Grove-Florin and Calvine roads

Rep. Tom McClintock Announces August Town Hall MeetingsRoseville, CA -- U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-04) has announced a series of town hall meetings in August.

Lincoln Man Serving Aboard the Navy's USS SomersetPetty Officer 1st Class Brian West, an aviation boatswain's mate from Lincoln, Calif. and 2003 graduate of Lincoln High School, is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Somerset

California Would Create More Jobs Without Prop 30In his recent piece for The Sacramento Bee, "State's job growth defies predictions after tax increases," David Cay Johnston argues that California's recent job creation numbers prove

Sacramento County Opposes Bay Delta Conservation PlanThis week the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors formally submitted comments challenging the findings of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) state environmental

Roseville to Host Senior Softball Western National ChampionshipsRoseville will play host this August to the Senior Softball Western National Championships

Roseville Crime Report Digest Update (7.29.14)Roseville, CA - The Roseville Police Department weekly crime report digest update for July 29, 2014.

Different Standards From Mortgage LendersJulie Jalone of MagnumOne Realty in Roseville, reports on a recent Fannie Mae survey which indicates there may be a growing difference in credit standards between small and large lenders. Which do you think has the tighter credit standards? Check out Julie's article and find out.

PCWA Comments on Bay Delta Conservation PlanDrought Watch: PCWA expresses concern about future water supply reliability for Placer County and claims EIR fails to consider key issues.




more news

Featured Yellow Pages Categories

Auto

Business

Health and Fitness

Home Improvement and Services