Resources to Support Accessibility
As you prepare or update your syllabi, please consider including a statement, like the one below, about the availability of services for students with disabilities.
"Students who require accommodations to complete the requirements and expectations of this course because of a disability must make their accommodation requests to Accessibility Services at 716.338.1251, 716.376.7544, or via e-mail."
Faculty Training Module
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General Information and Services to Faculty
Both Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 proclaim that qualified students with disabilities have the right to reasonable modifications in all campus programs and services in order to make a college education truly accessible. The Accessibility Services office assists students in arranging auxiliary aids and services necessary to ameliorate the effects of the student’s disability on his academic experience. What is “reasonable” is determined between Accessibility Services and the student.
Faculty will receive accommodations letters from the Accessibility Services coordinator about individual students with disabilities actually enrolled in their classes. Such accommodations are not optional and are not left to the discretion of the instructor; however, the coordinator encourages and welcomes consultation, questions and concerns. The coordinator may or may not have written permission from a student to discuss the nature of the student’s disability, but can discuss the student’s functional limitations relating to the individual classroom, curriculum, and tests.
Services to faculty include:
- Specialized test administration for students enrolled at either the Jamestown or Cattaraugus County Campus who need to take their tests in The Learning Center for disability-related reasons.
- Consultation regarding classroom and testing adaptations for individual students
- Consultation regarding students with learning difficulties
- Preliminary screening of students with possible learning disabilities
Students requesting classroom and testing modifications must work through Accessibility Services and provide documentation supporting the disability-related request. Please refer students with disabilities, or students who are unsure but may be eligible for assistance. There is no requirement for faculty to make any modifications to coursework or testing unless notified by this office. Claims of disability and requests for accommodation from students should be referred to the disabilities support service office for proper evaluation and action.
Creating Accessible Instructional Materials
Use these links to excellent "how-to" instructions for creating accessible tests and classroom materials.
Tools for Evaluating Accessibility
Microsoft 2012 Accessibility Checker for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint-help/accessibility-checker-HA010369192.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA102013555
Web Accessibility Checker: http://wave.webaim.org/
Evaluating Cognitive Web Accessibility: http://webaim.org/articles/evaluatingcognitive/
Accessibility Services is located in The Learning Center on the second floor of the HULT building, 716.338.1251. Equipment and facilities are open to students during regular hours.
Cattaraugus County Campus
Accessibility Services is located in the Cutco Theater/Technology Center building on the ground floor inside The Learning Center. The coordinator can be reached at 716.376.7544. Office hours days are held once a week and are posted at the beginning of every semester. Equipment and facilities are open to students during regular hours.
North County Center
The Accessibility Services coordinator holds office hours regularly at the North County Center. Hours are posted at the beginning of each semester, and students are encouraged to call or e-mail the coordinator at the Jamestown Campus whenever necessary.