Welcome to RCPD's WOW!
We are so excited you joined us at the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) and Michigan State University. On this page, you'll find numerous resources that will help you be a successful Spartan. Open each accordion menu item below to meet members of Team RCPD, watch videos, visit campus and community resources webpages, and download guides. There is much to learn, including how to access accommodations, support services, and opportunities.
Note: As of November 2020, students schedule academic advising appointments through the new Student Information System (not the Student Success Dashboard). RCPD appointments are still made through Microsoft Bookings. Find your specialist's Bookings link on our Team RCPD page
Learn general information about the RCPD office and our valued sponsor for this event, MSUFCU.
Sponsored by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU)
RCPD's Welcome Orientation Workshop Resource page is sponsored by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union! We are so grateful for their support and collaboration. Learn more about how you can open an account at MSUFCU as well as other great resources and offers on their student accounts page.
Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) General Office Information
Liz Fuller will tell you all about RCPD in this video! Learn about our location and parking information, office location within Bessey Hall, hours (Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm), checking in for appointments, and Team RCPD. Explore RCPD's website to learn about our office, including commonly asked questions, recent news stories, resources for implementing accommodations, RCPD programming, and RCPD history. You can also log into MyProfile from the homepage. If questions or concerns arise, you can call the RCPD front desk 517-884-RCPD (7273) and we will be happy to help!
Please schedule virtual appointments with your RCPD specialist through their Microsoft Bookings links, found on the Team RCPD page. Specialists are available by phone and email and can meet via video chat on Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Watch our Coronavirus/COVID-19 Disability Resources page for continuous updates.
How to Schedule Appointments with Your RCPD Specialist
RCPD Signature Programs
Building Opportunities for Networking and Discovery (BOND)
BOND offers structured opportunities for social and communication development for those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Learn more about the BOND Program.
Bosco MSU-MRS Careers Collaborative
This partnership enhances career readiness by connecting academics with practical experience, deliberative vocational rehabilitation approaches and employer partnership for internships and careers. Learn more about the Careers Collaborative.
Promoting Education & Emotional Resilience (PEER)
PEER seeks to empower students to learn about their mental health, develop positive coping skills, and successfully maneuver barriers they face in the academic environment. Learn more about the PEER Program.
Stern Tutoring and Alternative Techniques for Education (STATE)
STATE provides disability-specific instructional, tutorial, and peer mentoring components as well as strategies for academic success. Learn more about the STATE Program.
First Year Programming
RCPD runs two opportunities for first year students to start strong and feel supported during their first year at MSU: UGS 110 Freshman Seminar and the Freshman Peer Wellness Mentor Program. Learn more about RCPD's First Year Programming.
UTILIZING YOUR VISA
The Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations (VISA) document is the primary method of documentation that enables students to communicate their accommodations to faculty. Below you can learn more about some common accommodations and how they can be implemented.
Implementing Testing Accommodations
Get refreshed on testing accommodations with RCPD Ability Access Specialist, Grace Tong! Grace shares general resources, tips, and reminders for implementing your testing accommodations. Remember to check RCPD's Alternative Testing page for additional reminders. If you or your instructors have questions about testing accommodations, your RCPD specialist can answer them!
You can find information on implementing other types of accommodations elsewhere on our website, or reach out to your RCPD Specialist.
Alternative Formats (Accessing Electronic Textbooks)
Proactive Communication with Faculty and the RCPD
When you get to MSU, communicating your needs with faculty and your RCPD specialist is hugely important! Darryl Steele, RCPD Ability Access Specialist, will tell you all about communication in this video. Make sure to send your VISA to each of your instructors, meet with them during office hours, and have a discussion about how your accommodations will be implemented in each course. As successes or concerns arise, connect with your RCPD specialist!
During fall semester 2021, your instructors will be holding virtual and/or in person office hours. You must meet with them to discuss your VISA and your plan for implementing accommodations! Reviewing the syllabus and VISA with your instructors to create a plan for accommodation at the beginning of the semester helps ensure accommodations are smoothly implemented for your classes.
Online Learning Tips
RCPD is here to support you while we are learning virtually! If you want to work on time management and organization in your online classes or have questions about implementing accommodations, be sure to schedule with your RCPD specialist through their Bookings link on the Team RCPD page.
Here are some additional tips:
- Ensure you have a dedicated workspace in your residence.
- Create a schedule for each day/week. Enter important dates from your syllabi, your lecture days/times, time to work on homework and projects, etc.
- For self-paced/asynchronous classes, be sure to dedicate a specific weekly time to watch lectures (as if they were scheduled!).
- Make sure your accommodations are still implemented! Some accommodations may be irrelevant right now, but there are others that can and should be implemented online. Meet with your professor and/or TA for each class to request your accommodations and make a plan for implementing them.
- Stay in communication with your professors and TAs, RCPD specialist, and academic advisor. Instructors will be holding virtual office hours - be sure to pop in and introduce yourself! You can schedule with your RCPD specialist and academic advisor virtually as well.
Finally, connect with MSU virtual resources!
- Online Engagement Center: your one-stop shop for academic resources, health and wellness, and more!
- Online Learning Resources
- Mental Health
- MSU Keep Learning
- Together We Will, Student and Parent Information
- MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
- Student Success Dashboard: for scheduling with your academic advisor and other campus entities
- Circles of Success Mentoring Program: for first-year and transfer students
- Financial Aid FAQ
- Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) Academic Success Skills Workshops
RESOURCES ACROSS CAMPUS
As a student at MSU, you can benefit from the vast amount of campus resources and involvement opportunities. RCPD is here to help you get connected! If you can't find what you're looking for on this page, you can always reach out to your RCPD Ability Access Specialist.
John Pedraza, RCPD Ability Access Specialist, discusses Education Abroad in this video! Each year, hundreds of RCPD students participate in a program through the MSU Office for Education Abroad. Every site around the world can be made accessible, but you must coordinate with your RCPD specialist to arrange accommodations for your Education Abroad experience. Watch John's video and visit our Education Abroad page to learn more. If you decide to go abroad, you might also want to apply to RCPD's Education Abroad Scholarship!
CATA is a great way to move around campus and the greater Lansing/East Lansing area. However, due to the pandemic and other factors, some things are different this fall. Thanks to CATA's ongoing partnership with Michigan State University, all campus routes are FREE to ride! Learn more on their MSU Student Information page.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
In this video, Ginger Martz, Ability Access Specialist will tell you about MSU and RCPD scholarship opportunities and tips for applying! You can find all scholarships listed in the MSU Scholarship system. To see RCPD's scholarship opportunities, you can visit our Scholarships & Awards page.
Download Ginger's presentation on Scholarship Opportunities to access links and resources!
Council of Students with Disabilities (CSD) and Staying Connected
In this video, Virginia Rutan, RCPD Ability Access Specialist and advisor for the Council of Students with Disabilities (CSD), shares ways to build community and get connected on campus. Learn about MSU's Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) through the MSU Department of Student Life, CSD, and recreational opportunities. Attend MSU’s Sparticipation event to learn even more about getting involved!
Download Virginia's resource guide for even more info!
Join Heidi Schroeder to learn about MSU Libraries! Heidi is the RCPD liasion and Accessibility Coordinator at the MSU Libraries. Heidi and the Libraries are excited to help you throughout your MSU journey. MSU Libraries can assist you through their "Ask a Librarian" service, finding books/articles on specific topics or for certain classes, accessibility services and information, and finding/creating accessible books and articles. They have numerous resources for students with disabilities!
Join Jennifer Montague, RCPD Ability Access Specialist, in learning about safety on MSU's campus. In this video, Jennifer speaks about many safety resources including: MSU Police, the MSU alert system, residence hall security, late-night travel (CATA Night Owl, StateWalk by Alpha Phi Omega at the MSU Libraries and the MSU Union, ASMSU SafeRide), MSU Center for Survivors, MSU Community Mental Health, MSU SafePlace (domestic violence shelter), and MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS).
Download Jennifer's presentation to access links and resources!
Assistive technology is a broad term that is used to describe innovative tools that can dramatically improve the lives of people with disabilities. Assistive technology is any device that can be used to enhance learning, living, or recreation for a person with a disability.
Assistive Listening Devices
Leslie Johnson, RCPD's former Assistive Director for Assistive Technology, introduces a few of the most commonly used Assistive Technologies. Download her presentation to learn about Assistive Technology and how it can support your academic success as an MSU student. Visit RCPD's Assistive Technology page for more information.
In this video, RCPD CART Provider Shelly Martinez, explains CART services for students who are in need of live captioning for their courses. RCPD's CART providers - Shelly and Susie - work remotely to caption live course lectures. You must meet with your RCPD Ability Access Specialist and provide documentation to see if you qualify for this service.
Shelly Martinez, Marti742@msu.edu
Susie Hoffmann, email@example.com