Resources for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Letter for 2017-18 Academic Year

This document is a resource for all faculty and explains the following:

  • suggested syllabus statements pertaining to students with disabilities and accommodations
  • arranging for testing accommodations — specifically, separate testing rooms
  • assistance in making course packets and online readings accessible for students using text-to-speech software

Syllabus Statements

Please consider using one of these statements in your syllabus to encourage students with disabilities to notify you of their academic accommodations in a timely manner.

Suggested Form For Gathering Student Information

Some instructors like having their students provide some background information to assist in learning about their students. It can be tricky to ask about accommodations while being sensitive to a student’s right to privacy. Follow this link for a suggested form you can use for your class.

Fast Facts for Teaching Students with Disabilities

This set of documents was created by Ohio State University Partnership Grant. The Fast Facts for Faculty publications (listed below) are information briefs designed to help college and university instructors improve the climate and quality of education for students with disabilities. Through focus group discussions, both faculty and students provided a number of recommendations to enhance the teaching-learning process within the classroom. The Fast Facts were developed in response to these recommendations and suggestions. It is important to remember that the pedagogical recommendations included in the Fast Facts are good teaching practices that are useful for all of your students, not just students with disabilities. Below are six of the Fast Facts DAC finds particularly helpful at St. Olaf.

More on Universal Design for Learning

If you are looking for more idea on Universal Design for Learning, the following websites are helpful:

Web Accessibility

Following these guidelines will make content accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these. Following these guidelines will also often make your Web content more usable to users in general.

DAC Office Manual

A comprehensive guide to all Disability and Access policies and procedures, including Mission, Student/DAC/Faculty Rights and Responsibilities, Accommodations procedures, Grievance Policy, and more.