Below is suggested text to utilize for your course syllabi.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Oglethorpe’s disability services program is available to provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Please keep in mind, that accommodations must be requested in advance and my not be applied retroactively. Accessibility Services is located in the Academic Success Center (ASC) on the bottom floor of Weltner Library. To schedule an appointment or request more information about the disability services program, please contact the Director of Accessibility Services at (404) 364-8869 or email email@example.com.
Below are few reminders about proper etiquette and language to use when discussing disabilities.
- Avoid defining and individual or group by a disability. For example, instead of “she is an epileptic,” say “she is a person with epilepsy.”
- Describe mobility devices as aids vs. an extension of the individual. For example, instead of “he is wheelchair bound,” say “he uses a wheel chair.”
- Avoid terms that can be interpreted as degrading (i.e. spastic or crippled)
- When distinguishing between individuals who are disabled and those who are not, avoid using the word “normal” instead say “non-disabled.”
- Learn to distinguish between a disability and a handicap. A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity, a handicap is an environmental or circumstantial barrier.
- Start each lecture with an outline of material to be covered and a brief summary of key points.
- Use visual aids when introducing a new concept or term.
- Ensure all course deadlines are clear and well communicated.
- Announce reading and writing assignments well in advance.
- Use a variety of instructional methods to engage students with different learning styles.
- Provide study questions for exams that demonstrate format as well as content.
- Gently redirect students who seem to lose focus or get off topic.
- Utilize campus support services. Encourage students who may be struggling to visit the ASC.
Be patient and ask for help. If you are struggling with a particular student who is receiving academic accommodations, you may reach out to the Director of Accessible Services for additional guidance (x 8869).
- Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
- Georgia Association on Higher Education and Disability
- Universal Design in Education
- AMAC, Accessible Solutions and Research Center