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Executive Summary Needs Assessment Project: Exploring Barriers and Opportunities for College Students with Psychiatric Disabilities Disability Services, University of Minnesota A. Project Overview The Needs Assessment Project: Exploring Barriers and Opportunities for College Students with Psychiatric Disabilities was sponsored by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education/U.S. Department of Education in October 2001 for a period of 18 months. The purpose of the project was to gather comprehensive data on the needs of college students with psychiatric disabilities, to identify the real and perceived barriers facing these students on college campuses, and to identify strategies for removing these barriers. The highlights of the project’s accomplishments are: Conducted 39 focus groups at 13 colleges and universities across the country. Gathered data from 282 stakeholders : college students with psychiatric disabilities, faculty, administrators, disability service providers, and campus and community mental health providers. Convened three advisory committee meetings. The committee was comprised of 11 local and national stakeholders and experts in the field of psychiatric disabilities. Completed Research Subjects Protection Programs applications and renewals for seven colleges and universities. Disseminated project findings through, the University of Minnesota’s Disability Services Web site, articles and conference presentations. Developed a campus assessment tool. B. Purpose The impact of untreated psychiatric disabilities on college campuses is staggering. Disability services staff, faculty, and student affairs professionals spend hours of staff time working with students in an attempt to address multiple, complex problems. These problems are often addressed in isolation with little or no communication between academic departments and service offices. This limited coordination may lead students to experience academic failure, 1
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social isolation, loss of insurance benefits, withdrawal, and even expulsion. As a result, the University of Minnesota’s Disability Services implemented this Needs Assessment Project. C. Backgrounds and Origins The University of Minnesota has a long-standing commitment to and expertise in disability services. Students with disabilities benefit from the extensive support provided by the University of Minnesota’s Disability Services. Each of the eight student services staff specializes in a particular disability area, and more than 800 students per year are served. The department also provides document conversion (e.g. Braille, tape) sign language interpreters, alternative test proctoring, as well as accommodations for university employees with disabilities.
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