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PLEASE REMEMBER!  It is the LAW to accommodate Students with Disabilities!  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that students with disabilities may not be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination by any institution that is subject to the ADA.

DISABILTY SERVICES PROCEDURES:
Before the start of each semester, Disability Faculty Notifications will be Emailed to you to inform you of any students who have a documented disability who are in your courses.  Please read over attached documents as these will be helpful for you in better understanding their accommodations.  Below are some commonly used forms and handouts you will see:

Disability Faculty Notifications-- Form sent to instructors to indicated student's accommodations for the course

Alternative Testing Fact Sheet--  Description of alternative testing procedures for students who receive extra time and a quiet room for their accommodations

Notetaker Fact Sheet-- Description of notetaking procedures for students who receive a notetaker as one of their accommodations

 

***College students experience academic problems for a variety of reasons, some are disability related, many are not.  Deciding whether a referral to Disability Services is   appropriate can be complex. I recommend using the following questions to help sort the issues. 

Is the student going to class?
Refer the student to Disability Services if…                 
The student discloses a disability-related reason for him/her to miss class. (Physical or mental health reason such as doctor’s recommendation, chemotherapy or new medicine side effects. )

Does he/ she read the text book?
Refer student to Disability Services if…

 She/he reads it, but doesn’t understand, or is unable to read the book, or is a very slow reader.

Does he/she understand lectures?  Can he/she take usable lecture notes?
Refer student if you see…

He/she never takes notes.
He/she looks lost during your lectures.
He/she often misses exam times, assignment dates.

Does the student have exam challenges?
Refer student to Disability Services if…

He/She consistently runs out of time.
His/her lack of focus interferes with test performance.
He/She often mis-reads test questions.

Student states they have “test anxiety”.
Refer student to Campus Nurse, Counselors, Learning Commons (Brainerd) or Ace Center (Staples) for study skills, testing skills help.

Test Anxiety is NOT a disability!  If students state they have General Anxiety disorder, it must be documented with Disability Services.

Always Refer student to Disability Services if…
The student discloses a disability-related reason for these difficulties. 
Examples: student states they are hard of hearing, has a vision problem or has a learning disability or ADHD, psychological, or physical disability and has not reported this to Disability Services.  

 




Resources and Links:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Disability Flowchart

Scooter Policy

D2L Accessibility Resource Link

IT Accessibility for the State of Minnesota

Faculty Room- Resource Guide

Reference Guide For Faculty and Staff-Disability Services

Information about Disabilities

Criteria for Documentation

Accessibility Statements for events and syllabi

 

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Last Updated: 3/11/14