Open Thread: Advice For Working With Disability Support Services?

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Over the last 5 months or so I’ve written a few posts concerning disability (“The ADA Turns 20”), accommodation (“5 Suggestions Concerning Disability, Accommodation, and the College Classroom”), and universal design (“Academic Resources and Universal Design”). One topic I haven’t tackled so far, however, is working with an office of disability support services, a campus division whose purpose is to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

On my campus, this office describes some of the most frequent accommodations they provide:

  • Alternative Test Administration
  • Books on Tape/Textbooks Scanned to CD
  • Note-taking Services
  • Priority Registration

How about you?

What have you learned from working with the office on your campus? Alternately, if you work in such an office, what have you learned from working with faculty to meet the needs of students with disabilities? What advice do you have to share? Let’s hear from you in the comments!

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