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Accessibility Services Office: Information for Faculty

If you suspect that a student has a disability, seek guidance from the campus Accessibility Services Office. Do not make assumptions about students’ abilities or comment on students’ “presumed” disabilities if those disabilities are not visible.

  • See a list of disability categories.
  • Some disabilities require more flexibility on the part of the faculty. These include:
    • Medical Conditions
    • Psychological Conditions
    • Some medical conditions are characterized by chronic weakness and fatigue. A student may exhibit drowsiness, fatigue, impairments of memory, or slowness due to medication side effects. Such curtailments of functioning and interferences with students’ ability to perform, based on disability, should be distinguished from the apathetic behavior it may resemble.
    • Students using wheelchairs or other assistive devices may encounter obstacles or barriers in getting to class on time. Many rely on alternate modes of public transportation. Some flexibility in applying attendance and promptness rules to students with mobility and chronic medical disabilities would be warranted and helpful.
  • See a list of typical accommodations.
  • Learn more about your role in the Accommodation Process.
  • Learn more about disability services and laws.

Suggested Teaching Strategies

  1. Providing syllabus with dates clearly noted for exams and assignments.
  2. Use dates (not weeks) on syllabus.
  3. Return grades in a timely manner.
  4. Provide written instructions for classwork and assignments.
  5. Provide adequate time for students to complete an assignment.
  6. When speaking, face the classroom and use repetition.
  7. Allow students to take pictures of notes on the board.
  8. State the day’s objectives at the beginning of the class.
  9. Paraphrase key points from the reading and lectures.
  10. Vary your teaching methods (lecture, discussion, small groups.)
  11. Provide step-by-step directions for class projects, bullet those directions, and provide adequate notice of due dates.
  12. Print out and/or digitize copies of notes and make them available to students.
  13. Provide pre-reading questions for each reading assignment or group of related assignments.
  14. Allow students to use laptop computers for essay exams if they prefer to do so.
  15. Offer to read drafts and give students written and oral feedback.