Redefining the Classroom

Best Practices

ADAAA (Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008):

All students who identify themselves to faculty as having a disability or suspect that they have a disability are encouraged to contact Disability Services (DS).

Faculty is not obligated to provide accommodations without proper notification from the DS office. Students may also contact DS staff by telephone to make an intake appointment at 906-635-2355.

Best Practices:

  • DS uses a proactive approach in assuring compliance with ADA and public law 504.

  • DS shows sensitivity and respect for the needs and feelings of others. Everyone deserves unconditional, positive regard. 

  • DS and the Ability Center for Exceptional Students' (ACES) goal is to collaborate with students to identify, reduce, or eliminate barriers to obtaining education within the most integrated settings possible.

  • Students must provide written documentation that supports that a disability currently exists and substantially limits one or more life's basic activities.

  • DS's first priority is to get to know each student individually to determine appropriate accommodations and suggest helpful strategies and resources.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) or English Limited Learner (ELL) students are NOT considered disabled under ADA or any other federal laws. DS will not accommodate these students as if they were disabled. DS may provide services to these students as a curtesy at a professor's request.

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