Special Populations Assistance

Special Populations Assistance

Students who identify with one of the special populations below may run into additional barriers as they navigate through college and prepare for their career. The Special Populations’ Advocates, Lisa Rudolph in the Testing Center (Cannon Hall, Room 103) and Kellie McBride in Career Services (Cannon Hall, Room 213), assist our special populations students with identifying the barriers and developing strategies to overcome them. The Special Populations Coordinator will also refer students to other appropriate resources, on and off campus.

Displaced Homemaker – An individual who has worked primarily without remuneration to care for a home and family, and for that reason has diminished marketable skills; has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income; or is a parent whose youngest dependent child will become ineligible to receive assistance under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) not later than 2 years after the date on which the parent applies for assistance under such title; and is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.

Individual with Limited English Proficiency – A secondary school student, an adult or an out-of-school youth who has limited ability in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language, and whose native language is a language other than English; or who lives in a family or community environment in which a language other than English is the dominant language.

Individual with a Disability – An individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that such individual holds or desires. For the purposes of this subchapter, consideration shall be given to the employer’s judgment as to what functions of a job are essential, and if an employer has prepared a written description before advertising or interviewing applicants for the job, this description shall be considered evidence of the essential functions of the job. (Section 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12102)). The term “disability” means with respect to an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such an individual, a record of such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment. (The term “impairment” does not include characteristics of or predisposition to illness or disease.)

Individuals from Economically Disadvantaged Families (includes Foster Children) – The term “economically disadvantaged family or individual” refers to such families or individuals who are meet one of the following criteria: 1) Recipient of a Pell Grant or comparable State program of need-based financial assistance; 2) Annual income of the individual or family is at or below the national poverty level or the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Illinois; 3) Participant or participant’s family is a recipient of public assistance; and/or 4) Participant is eligible for participation in programs assisted under the Workforce Investment Act.

Individuals Preparing for Nontraditional Fields -The term “individual preparing for non-traditional fields” refers to learners who are preparing for an occupation in a field that fits the non-traditional career definition. Non-traditional fields are defined as occupations or fields of work, including careers in computer science, technology, and other current and emerging high skill occupations, of which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in each such occupation or field of work.

Single Parents, Including Single Pregnant Women– The term “single parent” means an individual who is unmarried or legally separated from a spouse and has a minor child or children for which the parent has either custody or joint custody or is pregnant.

Definitions provided by ICSPS (Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support at http://icsps.illinoisstate.edu/pd/special-populations-resources/.