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By Victoria Chapa in posted: Jul, 7th 2020

AHEAD [VIRTUAL]

We are proud to be the Gold sponsors for The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) annual Equity & Excellence conference, held virtually this July 7th – 26th. Join us for our free session during the event on July 13th at 2-2:30pm EST: “Supporting Remote Accessibility with Accommodate”.


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services posted: Jun, 29th 2020

Overcoming COVID-19 Challenges: Q&A with Marymount Manhattan College

Symplicity asked Lindsay Green, Assistant Director of Disability Services and Academic Access at Marymount Manhattan College, about the impact of COVID-19 on disability services and their use of Symplicity Accommodate during this time. Marymount Manhattan first implemented Accommodate in 2018 and said it was a “game changer.” Ever since COVID-19 closed their campus in March, […]


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services posted: May, 13th 2020

Supporting Student Accessibility in the UK

In just two months, COVID-19 has caused colleges and universities worldwide to shift their student services from in-person to online worldwide. While this shift comes with its fair share of challenges for both faculty and staff, students with disabilities are the most vulnerable during this transition. According to the House of Commons Library, “the number […]


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services 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 Nicholas Standage in Best Practices posted: Apr, 23rd 2020

Higher Ed Communication During COVID-19

A Consultant’s Perspective: Higher Ed Communication During COVID-19 COVID-19 has introduced large amounts of uncertainty and anxiety for higher education institutions, their students and employers around the world.  How universities communicate about COVID-19 should create clarity, resilience and promote a positive change for their students and staff. Research indicates that during times of distress when […]


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services 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 Nicholas Standage in Best Practices, CSM, Student Engagement posted: Mar, 10th 2020

Student Engagement is the Answer

A Consultant’s Perspective: Student Engagement is the Answer Student engagement is widely viewed as one of the keys to addressing problems such as low achievement, employability, alienation and high dropout rates. Engaged students are more likely to perform well on standardized tests and are less likely to drop out of school. Research indicates that student […]


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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 Best Practices, Disability Services, Tips and Tricks posted: Sep, 6th 2018

5 Steps for Introducing an Institution-wide Accessibility Approach

Traditionally higher education institutions have been handling accommodation requests through manual processes and homegrown databases. As more students with disabilities enroll in college, staff in accessibility services are tasked with processing more accommodations without the tools to effectively respond to requests. Furthermore, gaining the executive buy-in needed to allocate budget into streamlining accessibility requests is […]


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