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Faculty Classroom Toolkit

The OAS office works diligently to make courses and programs accessible to individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Ensuring equal access necessitates a partnership among university administrators, instructors, students, and OAS.

Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA, reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis and are intended to minimize the impact of specific limitations caused by a disability so that a qualified person may have equal access to programs, services, and activities.

  • Many conditions are lifelong and non-varying, so individuals use reasonable accommodations consistently and in multiple environments, including classrooms, online settings, clinical settings, and study abroad opportunities.
  • Other conditions are more episodic in nature and reasonable accommodations may be used on an as-needed basis as the impact may wax and wane or be intermittent.

Accommodation notification letters are prepared by OAS and distributed at the student's request. Students' needs may vary according to course requirements, testing formats and environments (face-to-face vs. online). All students must complete the essential elements or requirements of a course and meet technical and performance standards.

It Starts with Students

Students seeking reasonable accommodations must complete the registration process with OAS.

Once registered, students are responsible for contacting the instructor in advance to discuss their individual accommodation notification letter and how the approved accommodations will be accessed in each course, such as classroom accommodations and testing accommodations, where applicable.

Students should maintain open communication with both the instructor and OAS during the term regarding accommodation needs/usage and contact OAS with any accommodation issues immediately.

Where Faculty Come In

Faculty are responsible for:

  • Providing the approved accommodations outlined on the individual student's accommodation notification letter, and
  • Consulting with OAS in providing additional accommodations, as needed

If instructors believe approved accommodations fundamentally alter the nature or purpose of a course or its requirements, they should contact our office immediately.

OAS understands that successfully accommodating and educating our students with disabilities can only be achieved by partnering with our faculty. We view our faculty as content experts and valuable resources in the development of student accommodations. Sometimes, implementing accommodations requires faculty to move beyond their comfort zone. When a student encounters particular barriers to success or full participation, OAS will help the student and instructor understand what steps they cantake to remove those barriers. OAS staff supports faculty and ensures that the accommodations process is seamless.

OAS staff also works closely with faculty to support innovation in the classroom by ensuring accessibility of media, Blackboard, and other audio-visual classroom tools. Faculty members are encouraged to contact OAS when they are unsure whether a particular tool is accessible and/or how to create accessibility.