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Sign Language Class offered at IUS


IUS does offer American Sign Language Class through the Division of Continuing Studies.  Please contact Continuing Studies Non-Credit program at (812) 941-2206 or visit the Division of Continuing Studies web page for information on class schedules and fees.

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Epilepsy


Epilepsy is a brain disorder involving recurrent seizures. Many things can cause a seizure and each person who has epilepsy is different in the way their seizures are triggered. Congenital defects, brain injuries, brain tumors, and certain types of infections can cause epilepsy. There are several after effects of a seizure that can affect a student in higher education. These include: changes in mental status (such as alertness or awareness), memory loss, and ability to focus or concentrate.

How to help a student who may have a seizure...

There are several things you may want to know if you are aware that a student in your class may have a seizure. In a private location, away from other students, ask if the student feels comfortable giving you the following information:

  • what epilepsy is (a tendency to have recurring seizures)
  • whether or not you have a warning (aura) before your seizures
  • how often you have seizures
  • what happens when you have a seizure
  • what you want others to do (or not do) if you have a seizure (first aid)
  • what brings on your seizures
  • how long it takes you to recover after a seizure
  • side effects, if any, of your medication

Each student knows him or herself the best and should be more than willing to discuss these issues with you. For more information on epilepsy, check out http://www.efa.org/index.php.

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Testing Accommodations


Do you have a student who needs special testing arrangements such as extra time, taking it in a quiet room, alternate format? This may be due to several different types of disabilities including Attention Deficit Disorder (difficulty concentrating or sustaining attention), Learning Disability, Mobility Impairment, Vision Impairment or Hearing Impairment, among others. The choice of how to make these arrangements is up to the faculty member, as long as the student receives a reasonable accommodation. You may arrange for the student to take the test with you. You may also ask the Student Development Center to proxy the test for you. Please be aware that the Student Development Center fills their spaces up quickly.

If you choose to assist the student yourself, make sure that they receive the appropriate accommodation, i.e., double the regular testing time, have a quiet room in which to take the test, etc.

If you choose to use the Student Development Center:

  • Make sure you have all of your test dates set up and written on your syllabus or given to the student as the Student Development Center will reserve the student space for the entire semester.
  • Send the test to Knobview Hall Room 233 so that it arrives before the designated testing period.

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Policies and Procedures


Policies and procedures as they relate to assisting students with disabilities were recently approved by Faculty Senate. Be sure to read them here.

If you have any questions about items in this newsletter, or any other issues, please call the Office of Disability Services at (812) 941-2243. You can also email at webssdis@ius.edu.

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