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Disability Information for Faculty

 

General Information and Letters of Accommodation

Faculty members are an integral part of the success of any student with a disability. Most students will share the information of their disabilities readily with instructors; some, however, decide not to share such information and never seek accommodations. If a student has been granted a letter of accommodation from the Disability Resources Director, it is his responsibility to share the letter of accommodation with you. He may choose to seek accommodations in some classes but not all. When a student brings you a letter of accommodation, please have a private conversation with the student about his disability and how the accommodations will be implemented. A great conversation starter might be: "How can I help you learn?" If you are concerned that a student has a disability which has not been either disclosed to you or not diagnosed, you may diplomatically discuss that matter with the student or raise your concern with the Director of Disability Resources. It is the student's right, however, to keep the nature of his disability private. It is much wiser for you to grant only the accommodations that are included in the student's letter of accommodation. If you want to grant a student with no letter of accommodation extra time on a test, for example, because you believe he needs it, then you should grant every student in the class that privilege.

Testing Students with Disabilities

Students with testing accommodations are responsible for scheduling accommodated tests through the Helena College Testing Center. If a scribe or test reader is required, those arrangements should also be made at that time, as well as interpreter services if necessary. Faculty must submit student tests to the Testing Center following the guidelines found on the Testing Center web page http://helenacollege.edu/student_support_center/advising/testingcenter.aspx Please work with the Office of Disability Resources to make arrangements for accommodated lab exams and quizzes.

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