Providing accommodations to students with disability(s) is contingent upon students' self-identification and submission of documentation to the Office of AccessABILITY.
This process will ensure that all accommodations needed by the student, some of which may not relate to the classroom, will be addressed by the office. Please note that faculty members are only responsible for providing accommodations approved by the Office of AccessABILITY. The student's disability is confidential information that is only received by the the Office of AccessABILITY. The students can decide to whom they like to disclose this information, and at what point during the semester. However, should they decide to use accommodations at any point, they must follow program deadlines and process' to ensure timely services.
If a student who has not registered with the OA, requests accommodations from you, it is important that you refer the student to the Office of AccessABILITY. This will ensure that all accommodations needed by the student, some of which may not relate to the classroom, will be addressed by the office with the student. Please note that faculty members are only responsible for providing accommodations approved by Office of AccessABILITY.
Referenced below are common (but not all) accommodations available to students:
Testing Accommodations: Each student who is approved to receive testing accommodations must submit a Testing Arrangement Form at least two weeks prior to his/her exam. The form must be filled out and signed by the instructor providing the office appropriate instructions on the delivery /pickup of the exam. Scheduling Testing Accommodations are the student's responsibility.
Classroom Accommodations: Students registered with the office of AccessABILITY may be allowed various classroom accommodations to ensure parity and access to class materials. Classroom accommodations may include preferential seating, course materials in an alternate format, recording devices, personal laptop/computing devices, sign language interpreters/CART services, use of SmartPen or a note-taker. The students are required to request classroom accommodations prior to the start of each semester to ensure timely arrangements.
Classroom Accessibility: When the classroom is not accessible due to any factors such as location, lighting, sound, etc. and there are no other sections offered within the same content area where the student could change to, the institution will be obligated to change the location of the classroom to allow the student remain in the course, unless the student decides to postpone taking the class.
Information/Resources: One of the easiest and most effective ways of reaching out to and informing the student with disabilities about the available services on campus is to include a statement on the syllabus to invite the students with disabilities to contact the Office of AccessABILITY (OA). Here is Sample Syllabi with the OA contact information for you to use on your syllabus.
For additional information please contact us by phone at (212) 772-4857, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our office located in 1214B in the East building.