Faculty and staff work with students every day and have an enormous impact on students' experience with education. We offer these resources to assist you in ensuring that all students have equal access to the educational opportunities here at Southern Oregon University.
Training for Inclusive DesignThis free MOOC provides instruction and strategies to support you in developing a course that is inclusive to students with a wide range of abilities, including students with disabilities. It covers effective practices to increase inclusion and avoid some of the common accessibility issues that can arise in an online course. Even though it's designed for online courses, many of the skills and principles apply to face to face instruction as well. Highly recommended.
This statement should appear in 12 font or larger on every syllabus for every class. Include reading it aloud in your introductory session:
"If you are in need of support because of a documented disability (whether it be learning, mobility, psychiatric, health-related, or sensory) you may be eligible for academic or other accommodations through Disability Resources. Call Academic Support Programs at (541)552-6213 to schedule an intake appointment with Disability Resources. The Academic Support Programs office is located in the Stevenson Union, lower level. See the Disability Resources webpage at www.sou.edu/dr for more information."
Students with disabilities are protected from discrimination and ensured equal access to all aspects of college life by two specific federal mandates; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 , as amended.
The responsibility of ensuring equal access and non-discrimination is the responsibility of the University as a whole. Disability Resources, the ADA Compliance Officer, individual faculty, Facilities, and other staff all have specific rights and responsibilities in that process.
Referring Students to Disability Resources
If you have questions about how to do this, or working with a student who has disclosed a disability, please feel free to call Disability Resources at 541-552-6213, or to email us .
General Points for Faculty
Procedures and Information About Specific Accommodations
Resources for Working with Students with Specific Disabilities