Disability and Access Services (DSS) is committed to providing equal opportunity accommodations for qualified students with disabilities in accordance with:
To be approved for accommodations, a student must meet with the Director of Disability and Access Services, self-disclose their disability, conduct an intake interview, and provide formal documentation of their disability.
Once approved for services, the student must request accommodations each and every quarter they wish to use accommodations. DSS provide many accommodations and auxiliary aids with little faculty involvement such as braille books, audio books, quiet testing with reader/scribe, sign language interpreters, enlarged materials, placement of ergonomic equipment, and various assistive technology and software. We do look to faculty to implement some key accommodations and appreciate your effort to ensure an accessible environment for your students.
Faculty will be notified by email when a student has qualified for accommodation. The information included explains the specific accommodation, not the actual disability. Please confirm and tell us if you need clarification as soon as possible. Instructors will be notified when the student requests accommodation. Students are encouraged to request accommodations 4-6 weeks prior to each quarter, but can request accommodations at any point in time.
If a student approaches you about accommodations and you have not received official notice, please refer the student to the DSS office. Either the student has not yet requested accommodations or the student has not gone through the initial DSS process.
Quick guide on how students self identify, request accommodation, and provide documentation.
Reference manual on disability laws, accommodations and resources.
Universal design process, principles and applications, courtesy of the University of Washington.
Accessibility for online course content, courtesy of Portland Community College.
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