Disability Resources (DRC) will not be open during the Holiday Closure. To ensure accessible academic experiences, including effective and efficient accommodations, during Winter Session, please contact DRC before Dec. 20th. After Dec. 23rd, please contact the Office of Summer and Winter Session for information on how to contact a DRC staff member for consultation if necessary.
Information for Students
During winter session, your course instructor(s) will be implementing the reasonable accommodations you request. Please be aware of the following:
- DRC systems will automatically identify you to your instructors as a student who may use accommodations and list the accommodations that should be available to you upon request. There will be no need for you to go online to complete the Self ID process; however, you do have the option of removing your identification if you choose NOT to use accommodations in your course(s) .
- Please talk with your instructor as soon as possible so there is time to coordinate accommodations. You can also refer the instructor to the DRC Website for additional information.
- Requests for alternative media should be made to DRC as soon as possible.
- If you know you will use an academic aide or reader/scribe during Winter Session exams, contact an Access Consultant as soon as possible.
DRC staff will be available to discuss Winter Session classes through December 20th. If you have questions about access or accommodations after that time, talk with your course instructor. The Office of Summer and Winter Session will be able to connect your instructor to a DRC staff member for consultation if necessary.
If you will be teaching a Winter Session course, the following resources are available to support you in responding to requests for reasonable accommodations:
- BEFORE DEC. 2oth: DRC staff is available to discuss accommodations and strategies for designing accessible courses. Please reach us at 621-3268 or DRC-Info@email.arizona.edu
- Access information on your students who may use accommodations by visiting our Instructor Login
- On line resources are available at: http://drc.arizona.edu/faculty-staff
- DURING THE CLOSURE: Contact theOffice of Summer and Winter Session at 626-8200 if you are concerned that a recommended accommodation will fundamentally alter an essential requirement of your course or have other questions. A DRC staff member will contact you to consult.
As you plan your Winter Session class, please consider:
- Include the following statement on the course syllabus:
Accessibility and Accommodations:
It is the University’s goal that learning experiences be as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, please let me know immediately so that we can discuss options.
- Test accommodations:
- Have a plan in place to provide test accommodations if requested. More information is at http://drc.arizona.edu/faculty-staff/exam-accommodations
- The most commonly requested test accommodation is extended test time. The amount of extended time recommended for each student will be available through the DRC Instructor Login (as described above).
- When providing extended time, many students can take the majority of the test in the classroom if they are given the opportunity to begin early or stay late. Discuss testing location with the student.
- If distraction is a barrier, find a suitable location where the student has a quiet environment and appropriate writing surface; department conference rooms, offices, or nearby classrooms are options.
- Occasionally, a student will require technology or a reader or scribe for an exam. Work with the student to identify resources. If you cannot provide the requested accommodation, contact the Office of Summer and Winter Session (626-8200) to get contact information for a DRC staff member.
- Have a plan in place to provide notes if requested. Ultimately, the University is responsible for ensuring that a note-taking accommodation is effective. Please assist students as necessary to receive notes or contact the Winter Session office for consultation.
- The University has set up a process in which volunteer classmates share their notes with disabled students who use note-taking accommodations. Students can identify their own note-taker or may ask you for assistance. Information is available at: http://drc.arizona.edu/faculty-staff/note-taking
- An alternative to finding a classmate to share notes is to post complete notes to a course Website or D2L site
Please contact DRC prior to December 20th to discuss any concerns.