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Loyola further addresses the needs of students with disabilities

Loyola press release - February 10, 1999

On Tuesday, March 23 Loyola will sponsor a disabilities symposium titled "Symposium on Disability Law" in conjunction with Disabilities Awareness Week at Loyola, March 22-26, 1999. Loyola’s Disability services organized the symposium to help educators understand both the legal and practical aspects of accommodating students with disabilities. The symposium will include special interest sessions with experts on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disabilities and outstanding students with disabilities. There will be an exhibit of technology an information on community and campus resources for persons with disabilities.

The keynote speaker will be Jeanne Kincaid, the nation’s foremost expert on disability law in educational settings. She will address the application of disability law to educational settings, including testing accommodations and pre-admission policies at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Kincaid, an attorney, has worked with several businesses to revise their policies to reflect current disability law and civil rights legislation. She has lectured throughout the country on disability law and education and serves as a due process special education hearing officer and certified mediator for the state of New Hampshire. She also has served as an advisor to the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), a national organization consisting of higher education staff who coordinates services for students with disabilities. Kincaid holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Oregon and is an adjunct professor of law at the University of New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce Law Center

The event is cosponsored by Loyola’s Office of Academic Enrichment and Disability Services, the University Programming Board, and the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater New Orleans. The symposium will be held in the St. Charles Room from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Loyola faculty, staff, and students are expected to attend, along with educators, administrators, and counselors from the New Orleans area.

For more information about the symposium, contact Sarah Smith, director of the Office of Academic Enrichment and Disability Services, or Marc Guidry, academic enrichment writing consultant and coordinator of publicity for the symposium, at ext. 2990.