Faculty Resources For Accommodating Students With Disabilities

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The Disability Services Team

Director of Learning Skills and Disability Services and Assistant Dean of Academic Advising: Marni Jones

Program Coordinator: Stephanie Anderberg
disabilityservices@dickinson.edu         717-245-1734     Biddle House, 1st Floor

Proctoring Coordinator: Susan Frommer
proctoring@dickinson.edu                    717-254-8107     Dana Hall, Room 105

Accommodations are determined following thorough documentation review by Director Marni Jones, who also provides support and guidance for faculty. The daily facilitation of scheduling, forms management, note-taking support, and more is handled by Stephanie Anderberg, the Program Coordinator. Proctoring is facilitated by Susan Frommer, our Proctoring Coordinator.

What We Do

Students who have formally disclosed a disability represent approximately 15% of the Dickinson student population. About 12% receive academic accommodations. Disability Services facilitates accessibility and reasonable accommodations for eligible students, and serves as a support and resource for faculty and administrators working with students and disabilities. Dickinson's accommodations policies are in compliance with the ADAAA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

    Accommodating Students with Disabilities

    All faculty are responsible for knowing and adhering to Dickinson's policies for accommodating students with disabilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. To ensure that you are current on all of Dickinson's academic accommodations policies, please refer to our Guidelines for Implementing Academic Accommodations, where you'll find guidance on such accommodations as:

    It is also recommended that you familiarize yourself with the answers to these Frequently Asked Questions with explanations for how to handle nearly every accommodation situation you may encounter (If you prefer you can download a printable pdf of these Faculty FAQs.)

    Learning and Study Skills

    Marni Jones is also the Director of Learning Skills, providing workshops for all Dickinson students in the areas of time management, effective reading and study skills, note-taking and review strategies, memory-enhancing techniques, and test preparation. Marni trains Peer Tutors, who provide content tutoring, and Peer Advisors to support students through one on one sessions on time management and study strategies. Referrals by professors are welcome.  Learning Skills and Disability Services are a part of the Office of Academic Advising.

    Syllabus Statement

    This is the sample syllabus statement regarding accommodations for students with disabilities that Dickinson College recommends professors incorporate into their syllabi:

    Accommodating Students with Disabilities

    Dickinson College makes reasonable academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Students requesting accommodations must make their request and provide appropriate documentation to Disability Services in Biddle House. Because classes change every semester, eligible students must obtain a new accommodation letter from Director Marni Jones every semester and review this letter with their professors so the accommodations can be implemented. The Director of Disability Services is available by appointment to answer questions and discuss any implementation issues you may have. 

    Disability Services proctoring is managed by Susan Frommer at 717-254-8107 or proctoring@dickinson.edu.  Address general inquiries to Stephanie Anderberg at 717-245-1734 or e-mail disabilityservices@dickinson.edu.

    Disabilities, Disorders and Medical Conditions Represented by Dickinson Students

    There are times when a student may share with you his or her diagnosis in hopes that you will have a greater understanding of the impact such a diagnosis may have on his or her participation in the classroom. Here is a list of links to websites offering information on specific disabilities, disorders, illnesses, and medical conditions. Also, please click on this link to view a specific document on ADHD.

    Video Explanations of Specific Disabilities

    These brief video clips created by the National Center of Learning Disabilities are a part of their excellent "Ask the Expert" series and will provide viewers with an insightful snapshot to help you to better understand the most prevalent cognitive and learning disabilities.