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Office of Accessible Education extends its message to Abu Dhabi

March 27, 2017 by Cindy O'Dell
Abu Dhabi classroom

Female students in Abu Dhabi listen to the presentation on making education accessible that featured both other students and Loren O’Connor and Alex Price from Brandman.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Loren O’Connor and Alex Price, coordinator for the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services at Brandman University, recently talked about Brandman’s approach to making education accessible to students with learning and physical disabilities with faculty members and students at the United Arab Emirates University in Abu Dhabi.

O’Connor was the keynote speaker for “Bringing Dreams to Reality: Innovative Advocacy and Accessibility as a Collaborative Model in Higher Education” and Price led a pair of panel discussions and workshops.

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Assistant Vice Chancellor Loren O’Connor, Dr. Hasan Al Naboodah, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for United Arab Emirates University, and Alex Price, coordinator for Brandman’s Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services.

O’Connor reviewed the need to emphasize ability over disability for people with psychological issues, chronic health conditions, traumatic brain injury, autism, loss of vision and/or hearing loss. Among the topics they discussed were the need for training and workshops for faculty, a step-by-step approach to developing an Office of Accessible Education, how to teach students to advocate for themselves and some of the assistive technology and other support services that help make education more available.

Price presented a workshop on Brandman’s study into the effectiveness of training students with acquired brain injuries on mobile assistive applications that support time management, stress release and organization techniques.

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