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BYU University Accessibility Center plans open house Dec. 3

The University Accessibility Center at Brigham Young University welcomes students, faculty and staff to an open house Wednesday, Dec. 3, in its new office, 2170 Wilkinson Student Center, behind the Cougareat food court.

Students are invited to attend between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to learn about services that can help students with disabilities achieve academic success. Students without disability concerns can also learn about participation in volunteer programs available at the UAC. Homemade root beer floats will be served.

A special invitation is extended to all full-time employees (faculty, administration, and staff) to attend from 2 to 4 p.m. to learn how they can best help students with disabilities. Hot dogs from J-Dawgs will be served.

“I fear that many students here at BYU think that since they don’t have a physical disability, they don’t qualify for help,” said Michael Brooks, University Accessibility Center director. “We’re here to help students with learning disabilities, emotional disorders and chronic pain, among other conditions, not just those with hearing, vision or mobility problems.”

Student volunteers are urgently needed in many volunteer roles, including note takers and test scribes. Note takers take detailed notes in classes already on their schedules, simply sharing their notes. Test scribes write down test answers as they’re dictated by a student with a disability.

The University Accessibility Center serves BYU students who have physical, learning, emotional or chronic health disabilities by providing equal access to educational opportunities and eliminating barriers that could limit participation in academic pursuits.

For more information, contact Michael Brooks, University Accessibility Center director, at (801) 422-6020 or michael_brooks@byu.edu, or visit the UAC online at uac.byu.edu.

Writer: Brady Toone

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