FAQ - Accessibility Resources

If a student is requesting academic accommodations in your class, they must provide you with an accommodation letter from Accessibility Resources. If they do not provide this letter, please refer them to Accessibility Resources prior to providing any accommodations. Once the accommodation letter is received, it is your responsibility to either provide all the accommodations listed on that letter to ensure the student is receiving an equitable opportunity in the classroom, or to ensure the accommodations are being provided.

A student may request accommodations at any time during the semester; however, any work done, and grades submitted up until that point do not have to be changed.

Below are the most common accommodations approved; however, the possible list of accommodations is quite extensive, and each student is worked with individually to determine need.

Testing Accommodations
Many students are approved for extended time and reduced distraction testing. Occasionally, students may also be approved to receive a test reader, test scribe, or other student specific testing accommodations. Faculty always have the right to decide whether they will proctor tests on their own, while providing all approved accommodations, or to have the testing center proctor the exam on their behalf. The accommodation letter will provide instructions on how to schedule exams with accommodations.

Assistance with Notes
Broward college utilizes a volunteer notetaker system for students eligible for assistance with notes. If an eligible student in your class chooses to utilize this accommodation, that student will approach you with a letter to read to the class to assist with attaining a notetaker. When this happens, please inform the student if you provide online PowerPoints or any other supplemental materials that may assist them.

Audio Recording
If a student is approved for audio recording, that student must let you know verbally that they intend on recording the class. If you choose so, you may have the student sign an agreement that they will not share, sell, or publish the notes in any way. Should there be portions of the class that you determine should not be recorded due to personally sensitive material being shared, you have the right to make an announcement to the class that all recording and notetaking must cease until which time you make an announcement that it may commence. This should be a general announcement, and not one that identifies the student receiving the accommodation.

We recommend including a syllabus statement that includes your willingness to work with students with disabilities, along with our contact information and instruction that if a student would like to receive accommodations they must first register with Accessibility Resources.

All questions regarding accommodations should focus only on the approved accommodations and how they will be provided within the class. You may not ask the student about their disability or why they are approved for a specific accommodation.

Yes. All information received about students with disabilities is confidential. You should never discuss the accommodations in front of other students, and you should not discuss the student’s disability with other faculty/staff, other than Accessibility Resources.

Accessibility Resources is the entity assigned by the College to approve accommodations for students; however, if you think there may be an error, or need clarification as to the legitimacy of an accommodation, contact us any time to discuss.

As well as approving accommodations and providing services to students, Accessibility Resources is a resource to the college community to assist with attaining accessibility throughout the college. Feel free to reach out to us anytime regarding any issue concerning accessibility within your class or on your campus.