At Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES), a student's accommodations are determined depending on the functional limitations of their disability. While audio recording is becoming more common in the classroom setting, some students who are registered with DRES are authorized to have audio recorders in the classroom as one of their accommodations. It may be uncomfortable for some faculty to have their lectures recorded and available for later use, however, this remains an accommodation which must be provided to the student. Below is a recommended agreement between the faculty member and the student to clarify the limits of this accommodation in accordance with course expectations.
All instructors are encouraged to include in their syllabus a statement inviting students with disabilities to meet with them in a confidential environment to discuss making arrangements for accommodations. There are several reasons why this syllabus statement is critical. This statement both normalizes the accommodation process and helps to create a positive and welcoming environment for students with disabilities. It also creates a collaborative vehicle for making legally mandated accommodations, serving to remind students who need the accommodations that these arrangements need to be made. The following is an example of a syllabus disability statement that can be used or adapted by faculty for their course syllabi:
If you have a disability and need accommodations, please register with the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) office or the National Center on Deafness (NCOD). The DRES office is located in Bayramian Hall, room 110 and can be reached at (818) 677-2684. NCOD is located on Bertrand Street in Jeanne Chisholm Hall and can be reached at (818) 677-2611. If you would like to discuss your need for accommodations with me, please contact me to set up an appointment.
Here are some informational videos available to assist faculty and staff in working with students with disabilities.
- "From Where I Sit" Video Series
- Technology to Enhance Learning: A Faculty Guide
- "Understanding Asperger Syndrome: A Professor's Guide"
- "IT Accessibility: What Campus Leaders Have to Say"