To: Brown Faculty and Teaching Assistants
From: Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
Re: Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Making courses accessible for students with disabilities is part of Brown’s mission to create a diverse and inclusive community. Achieving this requires a collaborative process with SEAS, the student and the faculty member all playing important roles.
The SAS office role includes:
- Meeting with students with disabilities to determine reasonable accommodations
- Reviewing the academic accommodation process with students
- Managing the SAS online system for letters and notes
- Converting course materials to alternate formats as needed
- Scheduling accessible classrooms, interpreters and/or CART as needed
- Consulting with faculty, staff or students if concerns or problems come up
- Assisting faculty with exam accommodations if needed
- Providing information and training on making courses accessible and inclusive
The student role includes:
- Registering and meeting with SAS to get accommodations approved
- Making accommodation letters visible in the system; printing letters to bring to faculty
- Meeting with faculty to request and discuss accommodations in a timely way
- Making sure they are clear about how accommodations will work in each course
- Using accommodations in agreed upon way
- Promptly reporting concerns or problems to faculty or SAS as appropriate
- Reporting any changes including when an accommodation is not needed
- Meeting course goals and completing the requirements
The faculty role includes:
- Providing a syllabus statement inviting students who need accommodations to meet; announcing this when the syllabus is discussed as well
- Respecting confidentiality around disability
- Meeting with students during office hours or other arranged times to discuss accommodations
- Directly providing accommodations as possible: advance PowerPoints, extensions, etc.
- Making an announcement to recruit a volunteer note taker and refer them to the SAS online system as needed
- Arranging exam accommodations; informing teaching assistants of the approved accommodations as needed
- Consulting with SAS about concerns and before denying an accommodation.
- Referring students to SAS if they request accommodations without a letter
- Referring students to SAS or a dean if you suspect an unreported disability
Accommodations can be requested at any point in the semester, but are not retroactive.
Please contact us at [email protected] or 863-9588 if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions. Thank you for working with us to make Brown courses inclusive and accessible!