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Creating a Balance: Professionalism, Communication, and Students with Disabilities

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Professionalism in communication between university personnel and students is critical when addressing disability related needs and implementing accommodations. Students often struggle with how (and how much) to discuss their disabilities with faculty and supervisors. This can be especially difficult for students with disabilities that might impact their communication (e.g., Autism, Asperger’s, non-verbal learning disorder, psychological disability). As well, faculty and administrators may unwittingly complicate matters by slipping into their role as a provider, further blurring the lines of communication.

This webinar, recorded on October 7, 2015 addresses the importance of establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries and provides numerous examples of positive and appropriate communication for various types of conversations (e.g., disclosure, requests, scheduling an accommodation). This guidance helps aid DS providers, faculty, and administrators who work with students with disabilities to understand the principles of professional communication.

Speakers:

Neera R. Jain, MS, CRC
University of California, San Francisco; Auckland Disability Law

Lisa Meeks, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Maxine A. Papadakis, MD
The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Materials: 

PowerPoint 
PowerPoint Plain Text 
Communication Guide 
Webinar Transcript 

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