PART 2 - Students with Disabilities in the College Environment

Ineffective Approaches or How to Get Yourself and the College Into Hot Water

The following mistakes can lead to serious problems. Be cautious and consult the disability professionals in the DSPS Division if you find yourself in situations like the following.


Situation #1:

Presuming you already know enough about the student’s disability.

Do not carry assumptions from one experience to another. It is better to rely on the student with the disability and the experts on campus to gather accurate and up-to-date information.


Situation #2:

Ignoring the recommendations of the disability professionals.

Ask questions and voice your concerns in an open dialogue with the DSPS Division staff. They are mindful of institutional integrity and academic freedom while advocating for the student with a disability. Respect and follow their professional recommendations, and ask for clarification as needed.  Attend professional growth opportunities offered by the DSPS Division.


Situation #3:

Over-accommodating the student.

A disability does not suspend social or academic expectations. In fact, it is a disservice to the student to excuse performance and behavior standards. Be careful to provide only accommodations that make sense and seem reasonable. Consult the DSPS Division if in doubt.


Situation #4:

Recognizing rights, but excusing a student from any responsibilities.

Students with disabilities have an obligation to exercise their rights in a responsible fashion. The institution has a right to protect the integrity of the educational experience. Working collaboratively, rights can be safeguarded, and mutual respect and responsibility can be maintained.


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Last Updated: 6/14/17