Guidance for Working with Students
To best provide the most appropriate accommodations to students who self-identify and request accommodations due to a disability in classroom situations, faculty should direct students to register in the Disability Services (DS) office. We collect, evaluate and maintain students' professional documentation of disability, and take the mystery out of determining appropriate accommodations. When a student with a disability completes registration in DS and chooses to request classroom accommodations, faculty will receive an email with guidance for providing the student’s approved accommodations.
If you suspect a struggling student has a disability but the student has not self-identified, please do not directly ask the student about having a disability. Instead, we suggest you address concerns about specific behaviors with the student, and encourage the student to access all available resources for assistance, including the Learning Commons, the Language Center, the Advising Center and Disability Services.
Faculty Support and Assistance
Supportive and consultant services are also available from DS to assist individual faculty in working with students with disabilities. We support faculty by:
- endorsing the most appropriate accommodations for each student
- identifying alternative/modified accommodations, when warranted
- arranging for sign language interpreters and captioning services
- obtaining alternative format textbooks
- facilitating the purchase of assistive technology
- offering guidance for working with student behavioral issues
- mediating disputes and disagreements
We developed a Disability Services Faculty Handbook to provide faculty with information about the services available on campus, disabilities in general, and applicable disability law. Faculty are encouraged to visit The Faculty Room, funded by the US Department of Education, for more specific information on the provision of accommodations and creating Universal Design classrooms.
Additionally, the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) has developed an Accessible Information Materials and Technology Procurement Guide to aid in the procurement of accessible materials for utilization in courses and services. The resource guide is available directly through this AIMT link, as well as on the TBR Accessibility Initiative website, in the “Resources” section.