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Helpful Hints for Communicating with People with Disabilities:
*from The United Cerebral Palsy Association, Inc.
- Speak directly to the person rather than through a companion or sign language interpreter who might be present.
- If you offer assistance, wait until the offer is accepted. Then listen or ask for instructions.
- Treat adults as adults. Address people with disabilities by their first names only when expending that same familiarity to all others. Never patronize people in wheelchairs by patting them on the head or shoulders.
- Relax. Don't be embarrassed if you happen to use common expressions as "see you later" or "did you hear about this?" that seem to relate to a person's disability.
First time Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing System V12.6 users:
We recommend that you prepare your technology prior to the session. The webinar platform requires the most current versions of software. Depending on your organizational policies you may need the assistance of your IT Staff if firewalls prevent you from downloading files. If you plan to log into the on-line webinar system to view the presentation, access captioning and/or submit questions it is important that you follow the instructions for checking your computer system to ensure that it is configured correctly and you have the necessary software to access the webinar platform. Visit Blackboard Collaborate Installation and follow the instructions to check your system's configuration. We recommend you do this well in advance of the session to allow for any necessary troubleshooting.
Screen Reader Users: Individuals who are using Screen Reader Software should review the instructions and information available on-line at:Accessibility Guide for Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing.
Real-Time Captioning: Was provided via the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing System.