- Make a class announcement or include a syllabus statement indicating the procedure that you prefer students with disabilities utilize to communicate with you about their needs. See sample syllabus statements.
- Expect students with disabilities to initiate a meeting with you to discuss their needs if they wish to request class accommodations.
- Be open and welcoming when students approach you with a disability need.
- Offer a confidential meeting when a student initially contacts you.
- Treat each student with sensitivity and with respect.
- Make yourself available to students with disabilities when they contact you to discuss their accommodations.
- Be aware of your assumptions and personal reactions to disability issues (i.e., invisible disabilities).
- Respect the student’s privacy and need for confidentiality.
- Respond to student requests and provide the accommodations indicated in the Accommodation Letter within a reasonable period of time.
- Use the Disability Resource Center as a resource. Refer any student with a condition/disability that has not requested formal accommodations to the DRC.
- Contact the DRC: 1) if you have questions or are needing assistance with the implementation of the required accommodations; 2) in the event there is a conflict with the implementation of an accommodation; 3) if an accommodation conflicts with the essential elements of a course of fundamental nature of a course’s program of instruction; AND 4) if students fail to communicate their needs and requests in a timely manner.
- Use the DRC Testing Center (494-1246) when you cannot accommodate a student’s alternative testing needs.
- Expect students with disabilities to meet the same academic standards as their peers.
- In order to receive accommodations, students must register with the DRC and provide you with their Accommodation Letter.
- When students fail to communicate their accommodation needs prior to academic problems, instructors are not expected to make accommodations retroactive.
- Universal Design – What is it? Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or special design. For additional information, please see the following:
The Center for Applied Special Technology: http://cast.org
The Center for Universal Design: http://www.ncsu.edu/www/ncsu/design/sod5/cud/
The IDEA Center: http://www.ap.buffalo.edu/idea/
Trace Center: http://www.trace.wisc.edu
Universal Design Resources: http://www.ahead.org/resources/universal-design/resources