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Training and Support for Portland State University Faculty and Staff
If at any time you are unsure how to fulfill an accommodation request, or how to make the class accessible, please call the Disability Resource Center at (503) 725-4150.
In addition to providing academic accommodations for students, the DRC works with PSU faculty to identify strategies for working with students with disabilities. DRC professionals are available for consultation, training, and support for PSU faculty and staff. This includes:
Faculty are responsible for making sure that the class and information presented are accessible for all students. This includes online content such as web pages, electronic handouts, and audio or video content. The following resources can assist you in developing a fully accessible course:
Click here for a quick litmus test to see if a PDF is accessible.
Accommodations provided for students with disabilities at Portland State University will vary according to the effects of a student's disability. The most commonly offered accommodations include:
In general, any student registered with the DRC who receives accommodations fills out a service request with the DRC, and a faculty letter is emailed to you. The student is responsible for meeting with you to discuss their accommodations. You may be required to make an announcement in class to recruit a notetaker; to send a course syllabus to the DRC office so that books in alternative formats may be obtained; or to deliver an exam to the Testing Center (Room 310 of the University Center Building). This sample faculty letter contains most of the notes and special instructions that you may see. You can click here to download a copy of the Proctoring Form.
There are three types of accommodations that are NOT considered reasonable:
All syllabi should have a statement inviting students with disabilities to make their need for accommodations known.*
*IMPORTANT - When a student approaches you with a request for accommodations, you should ask them if they are registered with the DRC to ensure eligibility for services. If the student is not registered with the DRC, please refer them to our office to inquire about service eligibility. Feel free to ask the student about the types of accommodations that are needed, but do not ask specific questions regarding the diagnosis or ask to see the student's documentation of his/her disability. Students are required to self-identify and request accommodations to be eligible for services. Please contact the DRC if you have any questions.
There are symbols that you can put into documents, websites, and your syllabus. The DRC has compiled these symbols. Click here for the Word document.