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Director, Athletics and Fitness

Local Address: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Rd.
Palatine, Illinois 60067
United States

Company Description: Harper College is offering a computer class, FrontPage 2000 (Web Development), for Deaf & Hard of Hearing students, taught by a Deaf instructor, Scott DeLoach.
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Harper College WHP Division Staff
www.harpercollege.com, 21 Mar 2003 [cached]
Doug Spiwak
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Doug SpiwakDoug is Head Athletic Trainer, responsible for the emergency care, prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.He is also adjunct faculty and has been an invited lecturer on several sports medicine topics.A graduate of University of Illinois, he worked with the Fighting Illini as a Student Trainer.After accepting a graduate teaching assistantship at NIU, he became the first Athletic Trainer at DeKalb High School.Upon completion of his Master in Education, Doug became Athletic Trainer for Maryland Commandos Arena Football Team.He transferred to the Pittsburgh Gladiators in the post season and participated in the 1989 Arena Bowl.Doug is an Illinois Licensed Athletic Trainer.
NACDA OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE - National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators
www.nacda.com, 15 Nov 2013 [cached]
Doug Spiwak (2014)
Director of Athletics 847-925-6969
Collaborate to ensure access to athletic activities for students with disabilities
www.campuslegaladvisor.com, 15 Aug 2013 [cached]
Douglas Spiwak, director of athletics and fitness for Harper College, leads efforts there to integrate students with disabilities in athletic activities. And he did that even before the ED issued its "Dear Colleague Letter" reminding institutions of the need to do so.
"It comes down to having a good attitude and being willing to work with your access and disability services department," he said.
Collaboration with DS office is key
Spiwak and his coaches are used to working with the institution's disability services specialists to figure out how to make participation possible when students with disabilities express an interest in playing sports.
"That way, you're not making any decisions alone," Spiwak said. "That's important because the disability services people are the content experts."
Accommodations may be as simple as making sign language interpreters available during practices and games. Sometimes, if a student has played the sport in the past, he may be able to provide ideas for accommodations that have worked before.
The key is not to focus on students' disabilities, but rather their athletic abilities, Spiwak said. If students can demonstrate the skills needed to participate in a sport, they can play, even if they need reasonable accommodations to demonstrate that skill.
Some teams don't hold tryouts, and participants are chosen by invitation. But if a student with a disability approaches a coach about getting on one of those teams, the coach may ask the student about his skill level and where he played before to see if the student belongs on the team.
For teams that hold tryouts, Spiwak encourages coaches to document students' abilities. For example, the soccer coach keeps sheets on every person trying out for the team. Students' demonstrated skill levels, standardized scores for running tests, and more subjective observations about their abilities are noted on those sheets. Coaches meet with individual athletes after tryouts to explain why they did or didn't make it onto the team, using those sheets for reference.
Plus, Spiwak requires coaches who hold tryouts to post information about them well in advance.
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In those cases, Spiwak believes the key to being inclusive is finding out what the student really wants. If it's just a team experience, you may be able to steer him to an intercollegiate wheelchair basketball team or some other intramural sport where being in a wheelchair doesn't substantially alter the game.
And if the student expresses an interest in starting a wheelchair basketball team on campus, don't dismiss the idea. Find out if you have adequate facilities, whether there's enough interest to create a team, and whether the idea is sustainable.
"I don't think we can just say, 'No, we don't offer it.' Show students you're making the effort," Spiwak said.
For more information, you may contact Douglas Spiwak atdspiwak@harpercollege.edu.
Sports departments across the country have been abuzz with concerns since the Department of Education issued a "Dear Colleague Letter" stating that under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, colleges and universities must provide opportunities to students with disabilities to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities.
Although some may view the ED's mandate as unreasonable, other colleges have been providing those opportunities for years.
The key is collaboration, organization, and a willingness to give students with disabilities a chance in sports and extracurricular programs, said Douglas Spiwak, Harper College's director of athletics and fitness.
The key is collaboration, organization, ...
www.campuslegaladvisor.com, 18 Sept 2013 [cached]
The key is collaboration, organization, and a willingness to give students with disabilities a chance in sports and extracurricular programs, said Douglas Spiwak, Harper College's director of athletics and fitness.
"We are committed to working closely ...
www.njcaa.org, 17 Jan 2012 [cached]
"We are committed to working closely with our football players who are affected by this decision," said Doug Spiwak, Harper College Athletic Director.
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