Faculty Resources For Accommodating Students With Disabilities
This page includes the following subsections:
- The Disability Services Team
- What We Do
- Accommodating Students with Disabilities
- Learning and Study Skills
- Syllabus Statement
- Disabilities, Disorders, and Medical Conditions Represented by Dickinson College Students
- Videos Explanations of Specific Disabilities
The Disability Services Team
Director of Learning Skills and Disability Services and Assistant Dean of Academic Advising: Marni Jones
Program Coordinator: Stephanie Anderberg
firstname.lastname@example.org 717-245-1734 Biddle House, 1st Floor
Proctoring Coordinator: Susan Frommer
email@example.com 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:
- Extended Time for Tests
- Testing in a Distraction-Reduced Environment
- Use of a Computer for Class Note-taking
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Address general inquiries to Stephanie Anderberg at 717-245-1734 or e-mail email@example.com.
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.
- What Are the Different Types?
- What is AD/HD? An Overview
- ADHD—Separating Fact from Fiction
- What is Asperger's Syndrome?
- What is an Autsim Spectrum Disorder?
- What is Dyscalculia?
- What is Dysgraphia?
- What is Dyslexia?
- What is Dyspraxia?
- What is Executive Function?
- What is NVLD?
- What is Visual Processing?
- Asperger's Syndrome vs. Non-Verbal Learning Disability: The Same or Different?
- Strengths of Students with Learning Disabilities and Other Disorders