We recommend including the following paragraph below in your course syllabus
To obtain disability related accommodations, students must contact Disability
Resource Center (DRC) as early as possible in the quarter. To contact DRC, you may:
If you already have an accommodation notification from DRC, please contact
me privately to discuss your needs.
Accommodations Process and Procedure
DRC has an online request system for accommodations. You can view a short training
video here to find out more about the process.
Step 1: Student makes accommodation request
Within 3 business days,
Step 2: Student and faculty receive accommodation notification
Step 3: Students are required to contact the faculty to discuss their accommodation needs
Step 4: Once the student has met with his/her faculty, the faculty member
logs into the Faculty Accommodation Request and Acknowledgement
site to acknowledge receipt of their notification and to provide
details of classroom exams and quizzes (if he/she chooses to use the testing
Step 5: (only if you are using the testing center's services) About 24 hours
before the exam or quiz, provide a copy of the exam to the testing center by
(a) dropping it off at the testing center
(b) emailing a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org or
(c) uploading it through the Accommodation Request and Acknowledgement website.
Accommodations Review Procedure
If you have a question or concern about the authorized accommodation, please
contact DRC immediately.
Please note that all approved academic accommodations will remain in place
and must be provided by the Instructional Faculty during the dispute process
and until a final determination has been made.
Please view this flowchart
for better information about the review process.
Ten Common Suggestions for Accessibility in the Classrooms
- Make textbooks decisions as early as possible.
- Allow students to choose their own seats.
- Post instructional materials in an accessible format online prior to class.
- Show only videos that have been closed captioned.
- Ensure inclusiveness in the classroom.
- Explain the goals and objectives of the class at the first session.
- Use multiple methods to present your materials.
- Provide alternate ways to demonstrate knowledge of content.
- Be open to communicating with students about their learning styles.
- Remove physical barriers where possible.
*Source: California State University - Office of the Chancellor, Accessible
Frequently Asked Questions
- Pop quizzes are a part of my teaching. How do I accommodate a student
for pop quizzes?
- What is Section 504 and the American's with Disabilities Act?
Why are we legally required to provide accommodations?
- Can I proctor an exam on my own or must I use the testing center?
You may proctor an exam if you agree to meet all the conditions and accommodations
stipulated in the accommodation notification. However, in some cases, DRC reserves
the right to determine the location and identify a suitable proctor for an exam.
- I have a student in class who told me that s/he has a disability, but since
that time has never requested any accommodations or provided me with a
notification from DRC. Am I still responsible for accommodations?
No, you are only responsible for accommodations authorized by DRC. In this case,
you may wish to speak with the student in private and refer him/her to DRC.
- I have an online class. What does it mean when I have to make sure
my materials are accessible to all students?
Certain accessibility requirements must be addressed when developing learning
materials for electronic dissemination to students. Distance education courses,
resources and materials must be designed and delivered in such a way that
the level of communication and course-taking experience is the same for
students with or without disabilities. Please visit Foothill Global Access
for more information on web accessibility.
- I am not sure I agree with the accommodations. What should I do?
Please contact DRC immediately and speak with Akosua Grant (650) 949-7102, Accommodations Coordinator.
She will identify a senior staff member to work with you on this issue. In the meantime,
all approved accommodations must be provided.
- I suspect one of my students may have an unidentified learning disability.
What can I do to help him/her?
Refer that person to Russell Wong, Learning Disability Specialist. He can be
reached at (650) 949-7040, or by email at email@example.com
- What is alternative media and what do I do when a student asks me to
provide my powerpoints to alternate media production? Must I provide these items?
Alternative Media is any instruction related material which is converted or
altered from its original state into a different format so it is accessible
and usable by people with disabilities. This may include, but is not limited
to, Braille, ASCII text, large print, recorded audio, electronic text (e-text)
formats, and video captioning.
Students who are print impaired have a legal right to equal access of their
textbooks and other classroom instructional materials as their peers.
These materials may need to be scanned to disc, printed in Braille or
converted to audio files. Videos must be captioned to be accessible to
deaf students. The alternate media specialist and accommodation specialist
at Foothill coordinate the outside ordering or the in-house production of
these. Please provide your materials in the quarter prior to the start
of your classes so that our staff may begin their work in providing students
with access to classroom materials.