Faculty Information

Ways to Support Students With Disabilities

FACULTY INFORMATION

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides faculty the support needed to insure a productive learning environment for students. Faculty is responsible for teaching all students and maintaining the integrity of classroom activities. When students with disabilities request accommodations, the faculty member is responsible for providing the accommodation. Faculty can support the continued success of students with disabilities, by implementing certain practices as indicated below.

The information provided through this webpage provides guidelines for meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

Confidentiality

It is essential that all disability information be kept strictly confidential. The ODS will email the student's approved Academic Accommodation Memo (AAM) to the faculty member. At no time should the class be informed that a student has a disability, except at the student's request.  All information that a student shares with a faculty member is to be used specifically for arranging reasonable accommodations.   In order to maintain confidentially and the student's privacy, it is recommended that students discuss their Academic Accommodation Memo with the Professor during office hours, or by scheduling a special appointment. 

Verification

The ODS staff reviews the students' request and supporting documentation prior to issuing an Academic Accommodation Memo, which verifies his/her disability, and details the student's accommodation needs in class and/or in testing situations. The professor may contact ODS for confirmation of the student's AAM and for any questions as it relates to implementation.

Guidelines for Faculty

Resources

For more information on document accessible go to www.webaim.org/techniques/word.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners including students with disabilities.
http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/whatisudl