The Office of Student Disability Services works together with faculty and staff to ensure students receive the accommodations they need to enjoy equal access to the educational experience. We serve as a resource to assist faculty and staff as they educate and interact with students with disabilities, providing advice and training as needed.
Rights & Responsibilities
- Provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities when provided an Accommodation Plan by Student Disability Services
- Insist that all students adhere to the Cornerstone Code of Conduct
- Consult with Student Disability Services with questions or concerns about accommodating students with disabilities
- May request a signed agreement from students before permitting audio recording of lectures
- Challenge accommodations that fundamentally alter the academic integrity of a course by consulting with Student Disability Services
- Include the following Students with Disabilities Accommodations Statement on your syllabus:
Florida Southern College and Student Disability Services promote universal design practices in facilities, communication, and instruction. If you wish to document a disability and apply for academic accommodations, please contact Dr. Marcie Pospichal, Associate Vice President of Student Support. Her office is in the Rogers Building Room 120. You may also call her at (863) 680-4197 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning based on disability, please let Dr. Pospichal know so solutions can be explored.
For more information on disability accommodations and access, please visit the Student Disability Services page.
Universal Design of Instruction Tips for Faculty
Student Disability Services promotes universal design practices in facilities, communication, and instruction. Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
Here is a checklist for you to use when considering universal design of instruction:
- Class Climate: Adopt practices that reflect high values with respect to both diversity and inclusiveness
- Interaction: Encourage regular and effective interactions with students and ensure that communication methods are accessible to all participants
- Physical Environments & Products: Ensure that facilities, activities, and equipment are physically accessible to and usable by all students and that potential student characteristics are addressed in safety considerations.
- Delivery Methods: Use multiple, accessible instructional methods that are accessible to all learners
- Information Resources and Technology: Ensure that course materials, notes, and other information resources are engaging, flexible and accessible for all students
- Feedback: Provide specific feedback on a regular basis
- Assessment: Regularly assess student progress using multiple accessible methods and tools, and adjust instruction accordingly
- Accommodation: Plan for accommodations for students whose needs are not met by the instructional design.
Office of Student Disability Services
The Office of Student Disability Services ensures equal access of all Florida Southern College students to the full range of college experiences.
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Office of Student Disability Services is located in the Rogers Building Room 120 (R on the campus map)
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Association on Higher Education and Disability
For more information on Universal Design, please visit The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center’s website at: www.washington.edu/doit.