Accessibility Information for Faculty
Students with disabilities are entitled to receive approved modifications of programs, appropriate academic adjustments, or auxiliary aids that enable them to participate in all educational programs and activities.
Accessibility Resources for Faculty
- Letter from the Provost [pdf] - Background information on students with disabilities
- Tips That Facilitate Student Learning [pdf] - How to provide effective instruction for students of all abilities
- Accessibility Resources - Alternative testing arrangements, making events accessible, etc.
- Hidden/Invisible Disabilities - from the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii
Alternate Format Textbooks
The best practice when choosing a textbook is to select one that has an ETEXTBOOK format, in addition to a standard format. An ETEXTBOOK is a digital, downloadable version of the physical textbook that works on both PC and Mac platforms.
Order textbooks as early as possible in consideration of students who require books in an alternate format. It can take several weeks to process requests for alternate formats if the text doesn’t include an ETEXT format.
Students with and without disabilities are expected to attend all course-related activities.
Attendance "flexibility" may sometimes be appropriate for students with health-related disabilities that occur episodically or for students with mobility impairments that are impacted by weather. The Undergraduate Catalog contains Fisher's official attendance policy.
Implementing Academic Accommodations
The coordinator of student accessibility services prepares a Letter of Accommodation (LOA) based on each student's documentation of disability and specific needs. It is the student's responsibility to provide their LOA to their instructors.
- Meet with the student to review their Letter of Accommodation and discuss how accommodations will be implemented in your specific class, if necessary.
- Discuss the course requirements and exam plan relative to the student's accommodations.
- If you have any questions or concerns related to a student’s LOA, contact Student Accessibility Services.