Presentation on theme: "ACCOMMODATIONS 101 Your Rights & Responsibilities When Students with Documented Disabilities are Enrolled in Your Course (s). Pamela Rea, Assistant Director."— Presentation transcript:
ACCOMMODATIONS 101 Your Rights & Responsibilities When Students with Documented Disabilities are Enrolled in Your Course (s). Pamela Rea, Assistant Director SDS Myrna Pagan-Ubides, Academic Support Services Trivikram “Vik” Nallamshetty, Adaptive Technology
A c c o m m o d a t i o n A Disability-Related Accommodation can be: An adaptation aimed at lessening the impact of a disability A plan designed to mitigate the functional limitations resulting from the disability A recommended adjustment that corresponds to specific deficit areas in academic and social performance and corresponding to the documented disability presented to an authorized member in the institution admitting the individual.
What constitutes a “reasonable accommodation” Under Section 504 and ADA - Reasonable accommodations – are changes or adjustments in a work or school site, program, or job that makes it possible for an otherwise qualified employee or student with a disability to perform the duties or tasks required. Here are a few, but standard examples: Tape recorders, notetakers, and simple-functions calculators Interpreters for deaf students Real-Time Translation (CART) Testing Accommodations Course Substitutions & CLAST Waivers Priority Registration Note: Specialized counseling, tutoring, and personal aides are NOT required by Section 504 or ADA, but access to these services where provided to others is required.
When do you come in? It starts with the Letter to the Professor – Refer to sample copies What makes your course accessible? Let’s explore a few common, but important examples. Refer to The SDS Faculty Guidebook & The ASD Project CD and be informed.
Accommodations: Whose Responsibility? PLEASE REFER TO Fast Facts “Rights & Responsibilities” Students admitted to UCF Student Disability Services (SDS) Faculty The University community – resources on and off campus
Closing Points to Keep in Mind, 1 You are not alone when it comes to accommodating students with disabilities; neither are you required or expected to be an expert on disability. The numbers of admitted freshmen & transfers with disabilities are expected to increase. Expect to have students with disabilities who request accommodations in your courses, and plan accordingly. The design and implementation of disability-related accommodations is a collaborative process involving the student, disability services, and often, the faculty member.
Closing Points to Keep in Mind, 2 The student determines how much disability-related information s/he is willing to disclose. Best to practice on the safe side and always offer privacy when student elects to disclose. Students with disabilities are responsible for meeting the same academic standards as other students. Academic modifications are reviewed case by case. Universal design in the classroom may reduce or even eliminate the need for some individual accommodations; it will benefit other students; Universal Design is not mandated by law (not yet).
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