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December 10, 2018

New disabilities services coordinator ‘Chips’ in to help students

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Topic: Campus News

Armed with more than a decade of experience in disability and accessibility support services, a contagious smile and a fierce desire to help students, Harvey “Chip” Evans has hit the ground running.

UM-Flint Disability and Accessibility Support Services

Disability and Accessibility Support Services is open for inquiries 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, year-round. Services are free of charge. To confidentially discuss concerns relating to a potential or recognized disability, contact accessibility@umflint.edu or call 810-762-3498.

As the new disability services coordinator at the University of Michigan-Flint, Evans oversees services that ensure equal opportunity to students with disabilities and helps to promote a welcoming campus environment for any student requiring accommodations.

“Every student, every situation is unique,” Evans said of his role on campus. “My priority is to empower our students to self-advocate — to provide them the tools, knowledge and accommodations to help them succeed and thrive as learners at UM-Flint.”

Empowering students is nothing new to Evans, whose career in higher education began at Baker College in 2005.

“Most folks in disability services seem to migrate from counseling,” he said. “I took a different track — from technology and learning support services, to teaching, to here.”

Photo of Chip EvansChip Evans is the new disability services coordinator for UM-Flint. (Photo courtesy of UM-Flint)

In addition to serving as disability services coordinator at Baker College for several years, Evans also served on the board of the Michigan Association on Higher Education and Disability (MI-AHEAD), including two years as president.

“My time with MI-AHEAD has given me access to a great network of professionals committed to this work,” Evans said. “I’ve learned so much from this group, and it’s these best practices and strategies that will continue to serve as the model we use here at UM-Flint.”

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The Disability and Accessibility Support Services office at UM-Flint helps support students with “invisible” disabilities — learning disabilities such as dyslexia or dysgraphia — as well as those with mobility impairments, blindness or deafness, and mental or chronic health conditions.

“There are a lot of students who may qualify and benefit from the services offered here at UM-Flint,” said Evans. “It’s one of my long-term goals to do what I can to break down the stigma surrounding disability support, so that any student can feel comfortable coming forward for help.”

That help can come in a variety of forms, from campus transportation to a test-taking center. It’s technology, though, that has Evans most excited.

“The technology that we utilize now, such as our Read & Write literacy software, is so helpful to students,” Evans said. “We’re constantly looking to bring in new technologies that will help our students — not just students with learning disabilities, but all students.”