The Neglected Demographic: Faculty Members With Disabilities

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

JUNE 27, 2017

More than 25 years after the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the situation for students with disabilities has vastly improved. Most colleges now have offices for disability-related accommodations, and students are using these services in exponential numbers: At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I teach, the cumulative demand for services offered by the Disability and Learning Resource Center grew over 800 percent between 2002 and 2015. Data gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics show that about 11 percent of the undergraduates in postsecondary education in the United States have a disability. Faculty members are now required to include in their syllabuses statements about disability-related accommodations, and many colleges’ websites advertise their services for disabled students.

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Faculty Training Modules: Working with students with disabilities

UCSF Medical Student Disability Services (MSDS) and UCSF Student Disability Services (SDS) in partnership with colleagues from around the country (Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, Northwestern University, Rush University College of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, The University of Washington, and Weill Cornell Medicine and Samuel Merritt University), developed The UCSF Faculty Training Series, an eight part online, video training series to guide faculty who work with students with disabilities. New modules will be posted each month.

The new modules include:
Keeping it Confidential: Guidance for working with students with disabilities
 
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Accessible Admissions Practices: Making sure students with disabilities are addressed

Four additional modules are planned for this series including: 
  1. Microaggressions: What they are and how they impact students with disabilities
  2. ADA 101: The basic laws that govern disability services
  3. Accommodations in the Clinical Setting
  4. Full Circle in the Diversity initiative: Inviting Disability to the table