Teaching Students with Disabilities
Access coordinators at Disability Resources are your partners in making the necessary accommodation arrangements for students with disabilities. These accommodations are intended to afford equal access to academic content and equal opportunity to demonstrate mastery through use of assessment adjustments. An access coordinator would be happy to consult with you at any time. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 275-9049.
Faculty Disability Guide
Our faculty disability guide guide is intended to assist faculty and instructors in understanding disabilities and in creating an inclusive classroom environment. The guide includes information on:
- Disability Accommodations Defined
- Syllabus Statements
- Common Disabilities
- Specific Disability Resources
- Creating Accessible Course Materials
- Report Accessibility Concerns
Any communication regarding the student's accommodation or specific disability is confidential. Please use discretion in your personal interactions with students and staff, as well as in any communications regarding your student's disability details. Take care to protect any print or electronic disability-related records in your possession.
Students with Accommodations
Students with disability accommodations are encouraged to meet with you within the first few weeks of the semester to discuss any academic needs. Students who have approved disability accommodations are required to provide instructors with a letter, prepared with an access coordinator, outlining their accommodations. If a student tells you they have a disability, but you have not received this letter, it is appropriate to ask the student for this record to substantiate the student's needs.
The decision to grant disability classroom accommodations is not taken lightly. Students are required to meet specific guidelines to verify eligibility for disability accommodations. Disability Resources follows the applicable federal and state laws and utilizes nationally recognized best practices when evaluating requests for accommodations.
Disability Resources cautions instructors against making independent disability accommodation decisions, as this may put you, the student, and the university in jeopardy. Recommended reading on the unintended consequences of these actions are succinctly outlined here: “When Faculty are TOO Accommodating” by Jane E. Jarrow, Phd.
The University's commitment and responsibility to our students’ equal opportunity and fair treatment can be found on the University disability website, prepared by Lynnett Van Slyke, disability compliance director.
If you have questions or concerns about any of the materials list here, please contact one of our staff.