Reasonable Accommodations: A Faculty Guide to Teaching College Students With Disabilities
Where to Go for Assistance
The Campus Coordinator/Director of Student Disability Services
The Coordinator / Director is assisted in these functions by a college wide committee, or a 504/ADA Committee, made up of faculty, administrators, and students who facilitate compliance with federal regulations to integrate students with disabilities into the college community.
The major concern of the Coordinator/Director is advising students in making the adjustments that may be necessary for success in their academic careers. They work with students with disabilities who either identify themselves or are referred by faculty members or outside agencies. Official documentation of disability may be required to determine whether and what kind of special aids or adaptations may be helpful on campus. Among the services provided by the Office of Student Disability Services are pre admission counseling, priority registration, academic advisement and such special arrangements, when needed, as room changes, readers, interpreters, note takers, tutors, and proctors. More broadly, the Coordinators/ Directors serve as advocates for students with disabilities, ensuring that they have physical and programmatic access to all college programs and are effectively mainstreamed into the campus community.
For faculty, the Coordinator / Director of Student Disability Services may render invaluable advisory services. They are the ones to consult for special adaptations for students with disabilities, and to answer whatever questions may arise in accommodating the needs of students with disabilities in the classroom.
Students with disabilities represent a cross section of diversified individuals. To facilitate their academic success, please consider alerting your classes to the office for student disability services on campus.
The Computer Assistive Technology Program (CAT), based at Queens College,
is a team of adaptive technology specialists offering a wide array of services to assist in meeting the technology needs of students with disabilities. Services include:
- helping colleges develop and maintain adaptive computer and equipment labs;
- set up and maintenance of adaptive equipment and software
- phone and on site technical support;
- budget and purchasing guidance for adaptive equipment and software;
- staff, faculty, and student training; and
- frequent updates on technological advancements.
For more information, please call 718 997 3775.