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Resources for Faculty

Sample Syllabus Statement:

JMU abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which mandate reasonable accommodations be provided for students with documented disabilities. If you have a disability and may require some type of instructional and/or examination accommodations, please contact me early in the semester so that I can provide or facilitate provision of accommodations you may need. If you have not already done so, you will need to register with the Office of Disability  Services, the designated office on campus to provide services for students with disabilities. The office is located in Wilson Hall, Room 107 and you may call 540-568-6705 for more information.

Sign-up for the JMU Accessibility Listserv

An accessibility listserv has been established for those interested in accessibility legislation, trends, tips, tools and discussions on what JMU us or should be doing. To subscribe click here. If you have issues with this please contact Christina Wulf.

Other Resources

  • JMU Policy 1331 - Disabilities and Reasonable Accommodations (PDF)
  • JMU Policy 1329 - Disability Discrimination & Complaint Procedure (PDF)
  • JMU Disability Resource Website - Assistance for faculty and staff with disabilities.
  • Faculty Handbook - Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • Office of Civil Rights: Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities-- Higher Education's Obligations Under Section 504 and Title II of the ADA - Answers questions about tape recording lectures and other concerns faculty may have about legally required accommodations.
  • DisABILITY Resources Toolbox (DART) -- APA's Disability Issues Office has developed this DisABILITY Resources Toolbox (DART) as a central location replete with information and tools psychology training directors and faculty can use to better support students with disabilities. Partly as a result of federal legislation, such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students with disabilities are pursuing higher education in increasing numbers. The number of students with disabilities enrolled in graduate psychology programs, in particular, continues to grow. Both psychology faculty and students have expressed the need for information about legal issues, accommodation strategies, and resources for working with students who have disabilities.
  • Accessible Technology Computer Lab - Computers, software, and equipment to assist with equal access to electronic information.
  • Do-It Project from the University of Washington - Resources for accommodations and universal design in teaching; DO-IT serves to increase the success of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.
  • Harrisonburg Paratransit - Transportation for the mobility impaired
  • PEPNet 2 (PN2)'s mission is to improve post-secondary outcomes for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those with co-occurring disabilities. Among the many resources on this site, there is a discussion of the application of accommodations to practicum or internship experiences. Of particularly interest, this page explores the concept of "reasonableness" in accommodations for these field work requirements.
    Student Mental Health and the Law: A Resource for Institutions of Higher Education was developed by mental health experts through The Jed Foundation. The book is available for download as a PDF document.
  • Virginia College Quest: Post-secondary FAQ's - Answers to some questions faculty frequently ask.
  • The National Rehabilitation Information Center's online gateway provides an abundance of disability and rehabilitation oriented information organized in a variety of formats designed to make it easy for users to find and use.
  • National Center for Accessible Media: A non-profit R&D organization dedicated to achieving media access equality for people with disabilities.
  • Penn State Accessibility Site: The Pennsylvania State University and the National Federation of the Blind mutually agreed to enter into this voluntary Resolution Agreement as part of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights Early Complaint Resolution process to resolve the issues by the NFB..

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