Worcester State University
Disability Services Office

Suggestions on what faculty can do

1.         During the first class and in the course syllabus, announce that if anyone is in need of accommodations to see you after class or during office hours.

2.         Know about services available on campus
for students with disabilities.

3.         Give an outline of the course, explain course requirements clearly, be exact about necessary reading materials and provide this early in the semester to allow for advance planning by the student.

4.         If the student has not approached you, approach the student to ask if accommodations are necessary and indicate you are willing to help.

5.         If a student requests an accommodation without an accommodation letter from DSO, refer the student to the office. You are not obligated to provide any unauthorized accommodation at a student’s request.

6.         Make lectures and notes easy to understand and make assignments clear.

7.         Allow preferred seating for students with disabilities.

8.         Be flexible with the content and format of arrangements and exams (ex: oral exam, Braille, audio taped). Give extra time if supported by documentation.

9.         Be supportive, but not overly solicitous.

10.        Do not accept work of a lower quality from students with disabilities. Remember that identical treatment is not "equal" treatment.

11.        Support students interested in taking your course. If you 
             foresee problems, discuss these but let students make up
             their own mind.

Related Links
  LD Online – College Prep
  Americans with Disabilities Act
  Disability Info.gov
  Massachusetts Office on Disability
  College Transition [pdf]

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