The student is not responsible for reminding faculty or renegotiating accommodations throughout the semester. Some accommodation letters may also include other information, such as suggestions of teaching strategies that would help the particular student, information about the particular disability, or how to respond in case of a seizure or other medical emergency.Call Access Ability Services with any questions about information provided in the Accommodation Letter. If you believe the specified accommodations will fundamentally alter an essential requirement of your course, pose a health or safety risk or an undue hardship, please contact the Access Ability Services Director and explain your concern.Here are some things to consider: If extra time on exams is needed, should the student arrive early or stay late?If reduced-distraction test location is needed, will you use a nearby empty classroom, a quiet office, or send the student to Access Ability Services? Once you and the student have agreed to logistics, write them down on the enclosed receipt.Students with disabilities should neither be graded differently than other students nor given additional requirements in order to receive accommodations. Do not talk about a student’s accommodations or disability in front of others.Rather, accommodations are intended level the playing field for students with disabilities by removing barriers to learning or to demonstrating what a student has learned. It is prohibited for faculty to ask what the student’s disability is.By: National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Accommodations are alterations in the way tasks are presented that allow children with learning disabilities to complete the same assignments as other students.
Encourage students with accommodation letters to meet with you privately to discuss their needs.
To ensure the intellectual richness of research and education in our community, the University of Chicago is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment and providing equal access to students with disabilities.
As an educator, you are an important partner in this endeavor to provide reasonable accommodation in the classroom to students with disabilities.
Appreciate that for many students, this can be intimidating.
Help to make this process a positive experience by treating your student with compassion and respect. Read the accommodation letter carefully and discuss the logistics of each accommodation.