The Committee for Disabled Student Accessibility (CDSA) receives .50 cents per semester, per student as part of the CSU student fee allocation. These funds are used to accomplish the goals of:
Physical construction, assistive technology, other types of equipment, and awareness are included in the types of projects undertaken by CDSA.
The more expensive items (e.g., accessible bus) came about due to the roll-over ability of the account. Minimal expenditures one year created enough roll-over savings to consider the purchase of the vehicle. Other administrative expenses are minimal for the committee such as copying and supplies. Some administrative costs are shared with RDS.
Retrofitting an environment is a never ending endeavor. Despite ever-present construction, there may still be inaccessible locations. The rapid advancement of the electronic environment often creates in advertent barriers to some users. CDSA is a vehicle to address some of these barriers. Student input as to how to address the inaccessibility of the campus, whether it be physical access, electronic access, programatic access, or attitudinal access, is vital in order to make this a better place for all students.
Voting Members: Voting members are solicited through a nomination process and selected by a committee determined by the Director of Resources for Disabled Students (RDS) each year. Active members will be selected based on their expressed/demonstrated interest in issues affecting those with disabilities. Only voting members can determine how funds are expended.
Recruitment of members from the disabled student population is a high priority. All self-identified students with disabilities (through RDS) are emailed at least once each semester to solicit interest.
Associate Members: Membership is also open to all CSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and interested individuals outside the CSU setting (i.e. Fort Collins community). Such members are not allowed to vote at officer elections or hold office but are welcome to attend weekly meetings and provide input and assistance in CDSA projects. Such members are welcome to attend meetings and provide input and assistance with CDSA projects.
Member Responsibilities: All members are required to commit to active participation within the group in accordance with committee goals. Voting Members are required to attend all scheduled meetings, but in the event of legitimate meeting conflicts such as a class or outside interest, voting members may contribute to committee issues through e-mail as an "e-member." Associate Members may attend any scheduled meeting although they may need to take responsibility to keep themselves informed and updated on issues addressed by CDSA.
Member Privileges: Voting Members have the right to introduce, review, and discuss accessibility projects that relate to the purpose of the CDSA and its operation at CSU. Associate members are limited to providing their input on projects.
CDSA currently uses email as a means of discussing proposals as scheduled meetings have been difficult to coordinate. For more information about participating or other information about CDSA, contact Rose Kreston, advisor.
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