For Faculty/Staff

The Office of Disability Resources (ODR) views our relationships with faculty and staff as partnerships. Together we are a valuable part of creating an accessible academic community here at UMW. Please take a look at the resources provided on our website and don’t hesitate to call us or send us an email if you have any questions.

In the links below there are a variety of resources that may assist you in accommodating students with disabilities and other diverse learners.

Tips for How to Refer Students to ODR

Faculty/Instructor Handbook

Accessibility Statements on Syllabi

Example Statement 1:

“The Office of Disability Resources has been designated by the college as the primary office to guide, counsel, and assist students with disabilities. If you receive services through the Office of Disability Resources and require accommodations for this class, please provide me a copy of your accommodation letter via email or during a meeting. I encourage you to follow-up with me about your accommodations and needs within this class. I will hold any information you share with me in the strictest confidence unless you give me permission to do otherwise.

If you have not made contact with the Office of Disability Resources and have reasonable accommodation needs, their office is located in Lee Hall, Room 401.  The office will require appropriate documentation of disability.”

Example Statement 2:

“I strive to create a fully inclusive classroom; thus I welcome individual students to approach me about your learning needs and requests for accommodations. To obtain accommodations for this course, students with disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) by email at odr@umw.edu or by phone at 540-654-1266. ODR is responsible for coordinating disability-related accommodations.

I also recognize that at times the class might not be accessible, despite efforts to ensure universal access. Please contact me if you find that lecture or discussion format to be not accessible to your needs. Additionally, if the facilities are inaccessible, please let me know. I am committed to making your learning experience as accessible as possible. I want to ensure that accessibility is a process that we communicate as a class together throughout the semester.”

Video Captioning/Transcription Resources and Services

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Faculty Guide for Working with Students with ASD

DisABILITY Resources Toolbox

The DisABILITY Resources Toolbox (DART) was created by the American Psychological Association to provide faculty with information to better support students with disabilities.  Partly as a result of the 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.

Workshop: Universal Design and Accessible Communication