Instructor FAQs

FAQ List

  1. What should I do before classes begin in preparing for a student with disability?
  2. What should I do on the first day of class?
  3. Whom do I contact if a student asks for a disability-related accommodation?
  4. What are some general suggestions for teaching students with disabilities?
  5. What are some instructional do's and don'ts?
  6. What are the student's rights and responsibilities?
  7. What are the University's rights and responsibilities?
  8. When is an accommodation request "unreasonable"?

Q1: What should I do before classes begin in preparing for a student with disability?

If you have been contacted by the DRES Accessible Media Office concerning a student with a disability in your class, it is important to work with that office to ensure all the materials you present in class will be accessible by that student.

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Q2: What should I do on the first day of class?

Students with disabilities who need an accommodation are responsible to contact their professors to notify them of this need by means of presenting them with a Letter of Accommodations. DRES encourages students to present this letter as soon as possible, preferably within the first week of classes. Professors do not need to provide accommodations until they are notified by the student.  However, to encourage students to request accommodations, DRES recommends that instructors place a note in the syllabus requesting that students with disabilities contact the instructor to request accommodations.

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Q3: Whom do I contact if a student asks for a disability-related accommodation?

If the disability-related accommodation is a testing accommodation which you cannot provide yourself, you may contact our Testing Coordinator at 333-4604 or by email. If you have a question about an accommodation that is requested, please contact the student's case manager. This is the person who signs the Letter of Accommodation and contact information is included.

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Q4: What are some general suggestions for teaching students with disabilities?

Instructor Information for Teaching Students with Disabilities

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Q5: What are some instructional do's and don'ts?

Disability Specific Instructional Strategies

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Q6: What are the student's rights and responsibilities?

Students with disabilities at the University have the right to: equal access to courses, programs, services, activities and facilities offered through the University; an equal opportunity to learn and to receive reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services; appropriate confidentiality of all information regarding their disability and to choose to whom, outside of the University, information about their disability will be disclosed, except as disclosures are required or permitted by law; and information, reasonably available in accessible formats.

Students with disabilities have the responsibility to: meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities; identify as an individual with a disability when an accommodation is needed and seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary; demonstrate and/or document (from an appropriate licensed clinical professional) how the disability limits their participation in courses, programs, services, activities and facilities; and follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services.

Please refer to the University of Illinois Nondiscrimination Statement.

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Q7: What are the University's rights and responsibilities?

The University of Illinois has the right to: identify and establish standards for courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities and to evaluate students on this basis; request and receive, through DRES, current documentation that supports requests for academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services; deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services if the documentation demonstrates that the request is not warranted, or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation; select among equally effective accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services; refuse an unreasonable accommodation, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aid or service that imposes a fundamental alteration on a program or activity of the University.

The University of Illinois has the responsibility to: provide information to students with disabilities in accessible formats upon request; ensure that courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities, when viewed in their entirety, are available and usable in the most integrated and appropriate settings; evaluate students on their abilities and not their disabilities; provide or arrange reasonable accommodations, instructional and testing adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities in courses, programs, services, activities and facilities; maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication, and to disclose where permitted or required by law.

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Q8: When is an accommodation request "unreasonable"?

If an accommodation request is "unreasonable", it may compromise the integrity of the course. However, prior to denying an accommodation request, please contact the student's case manager to discuss options.

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