Towson University is accepting applications for a Disability Specialist to support the mission of Disability Support Services (DSS) in ensuring equal access under Section 504 and ADAAA laws by: (1) determining and facilitating accommodations to students with disabilities (2) providing direct services to assist students with transition, self-advocacy, study, time management and organizational skills and (3) providing education to the campus community on disability-related topics, as well as providing technical assistance/consultation to faculty and staff regarding DSS and students with disabilities.
Provides leadership and support to the DSS Director in ensuring that Towson University provides equal educational opportunities to students with disabilities. Assists in developing programmatic plans and initiatives regarding students with disabilities and advises regarding policies, procedures and practices. Assists in evaluating the effectiveness of programs and services. Conducts in-depth interviews with students and evaluates psycho-educational, neuropsychological, psychological, medical and other related documentation to determine student eligibility for disability support services and accommodations. Develops, monitors and adjusts individual accommodations as appropriate. As part of a team, ensures provision of auxiliary services for students, including alternate formats, interpreters/transcriptionists, captioning, assistive technology and adaptive equipment. Provides academic and supportive counseling, problem-solving, advocacy, mediation and referral services to students with disabilities. Assists students with transition to college, as well as understanding their academic strengths and weaknesses, and developing study, time management and organizational skills. Works with students on understanding their disability and how to advocate for themselves. Conducts both individual and small group instruction. Consults with faculty and staff to facilitate the delivery of accommodations and services to students with disabilities. Conducts educational programs and presentations to educate the campus community on disability-related topics. Assists in the coordination and implementation of various programs and activities, such as disability awareness programming, DSS new student and transfer student orientations, the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society and Federal Workforce Recruitment Program. Represents DSS at University programs and serves on various University committees. Participates in case reviews of students with learning, psychological, sensory, medical and physical disabilities, and consults with other DSS specialists regarding accommodations and services to students with these disabilities as appropriate. Keeps abreast of best practices and important developments in the field of postsecondary education for students with disabilities and enhances professional knowledge and skills by participating in professional association meetings and seminars.
Bachelor's degree in special education, rehabilitation counseling, psychology, counseling, social work or related field, and at least two years of related professional experience. Must have ability to evaluate psycho-educational, psychological, educational and medical evaluations and apply information to determine appropriate accommodations and services; ability to engage students with disabilities and work effectively in a college setting; strong communication skills; demonstrated ability to work as part of a team; knowledge of disabilities, as well as Section 504, ADAAA and FERPA laws. A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, click here. This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days. Cover letter and resume are requested, but not required.
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