Faculty are essential and critical to the process of determining appropriate accommodations for their courses. Accommodations should be a collaborative process between the faculty member, the student, and the Office of Accessibility. Faculty know the essential requirements of their course, the student understands his/her unique needs and limitations, and the Office of Accessibility staff recognizes the importance of equal access and can make reasonable recommendations for accommodations.
Office of Accessibility has developed a comprehensive faculty guide to assist faculty with the accommodating of Auburn University students with disabilities. While we were not able to address every scenario faced by faculty, we included as much guidance as possible for working with students with disabilities. The guide focuses on the idea that the environment and not the student’s disability is often the barrier that prevents equal access. We also included a brief section on universal design (UD) and offer UD tips for setting up a course that addresses the needs of the widest audience possible.