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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services, Symplicity Client Showcase posted: May, 6th 2020

Overcoming COVID-19 Challenges: Q&A with Syracuse University

Symplicity asked Paula Possenti-Perez, Director of the Office of Disability Services at Syracuse University, about the impact of COVID-19 on disability services and about the use of Symplicity Accommodate during this time. Syracuse University first implemented Accommodate in the fall of 2018 and were maximizing their use of the platform long before the pandemic closed […]


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services, Symplicity Client Showcase posted: Apr, 24th 2020

Boston University Continues to Deliver Accessibility

Boston University (BU) was one of many colleges and universities worldwide that decided to shift to an online teaching and learning environment to combat the spread of COVID-19 on campus last month. The decision was difficult but necessary for both staff and students. Robert A. Brown, University president, said in an interview with BU Today […]


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services, Symplicity Client Showcase posted: Apr, 10th 2020

Supporting Remote Accessibility

The entire world has changed in the last couple of weeks because of COVID-19 and higher education institutions were one of the many bystanders. Institutions worldwide made the sudden transition from in-person to completely remote instruction in a matter of days to finish out the spring semester. As sudden as it was, there are some […]


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By Alana Ripy in Best Practices, Career Services, Disability Services, Student Conduct posted: Mar, 19th 2020

Provide the Most Personalized Student Experience

COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus, has disrupted higher education institutions worldwide. According to CNBC, as of last week, more than 200 colleges and universities in the United States have closed in an effort to stop the spread of the disease. As your institution starts preparing contingency plans, Symplicity is here to help. For institutions in […]


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services, Webinars posted: Jan, 16th 2020

Webinar Recap: Supporting Student Disability Services

It’s the start of a new year and improvements to accessibility student services remains a hot topic for UK universities in 2020. In the 2017/18 academic year, it was reported that 94,000 students enrolled at a university in the UK and declared having a disability—a 40% increase since the academic year 2013/14, according to the […]


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services posted: Nov, 13th 2019

Building Accessibility Culture on College Campuses

Supporting students with disabilities is more than just providing them with the accommodations they need to succeed. Higher education institutions have to build a culture of accessibility on campus that extends outside of the disability services office. A lack of accessibility greatly affects retention, as reported by the American Institutes for Research which found that […]


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services, Student Conduct posted: Nov, 7th 2019

The Impact of Diversity and Inclusion

Recently colleges and universities across the country have made adjustments to be more inclusive in response to a growing diverse student population. According to the Postsecondary National Policy Institute, 10 percent of a sample of more than 33,000 undergraduate students identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, asexual, pansexual, or questioning. Additionally, a 2015-16 report found […]


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By Alana Ripy in Best Practices, Disability Services posted: Oct, 3rd 2019

Increasing Retention of Students with Disabilities

Many students that enroll in either a four or two-year higher education institution do so with the intention of graduating within a certain number of years. Unfortunately, not all students that enroll in higher education make it to graduation. There are many challenges that face the average college student today and those challenges are doubled […]


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services, Events posted: Sep, 6th 2019

Conference Recap: Accommodate Symposium 19

This summer, we held our second Accommodate Symposium in Boston, MA. The event took place on July 10th at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel the day before the annual AHEAD Conference. The event was packed with roundtable discussions, best practice sharing, and learning opportunities. Attendees included a mix of experienced and new Accommodate users, as […]


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services, Events posted: Jul, 18th 2019

Tackling the Issues with Disability Services in Higher Education

Providing the best experience and tools for success for disabled individuals is no longer optional for all higher education institutions. This is due to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) which “enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities” that include “discrimination on the basis of disability as prohibited by […]


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