Please call our main line at 612-330-1053 to have any of your questions answered. For questions about tests being taken in the Groves lab, you may also call the Accommodations Specialist at 612-330-1353 or the lab desk at x1748.
As an instructor you will rarely know the specifics of a student’s disability. In some cases a student may ask to meet with you to discuss his or her disability, but in most cases, a student will notify you that he or she is working with CLASS by presenting you with a “Professor Letter.” This will list the accommodations they are eligible to receive as a result of their documented disabilities (but it will not give the specifics of the disability). The letter will be signed by the Disability Specialist that the student is working with. Students need to meet with a Disability Specialists before they can take exams in the Groves Accommodations Lab. If someone indicates to you that they have a disability in any other way, please tell them to contact one of our offices.
If you have questions or concerns about a student you are working with, you can call our office and ask to speak with the Specialist who is working with that student. The Specialist may not be able to tell you what a student’s disability is, but they can provide you with some guidance for working with the student.
Faculty are strongly encouraged to include on their syllabus a statement directing a student to CLASS in order to make it clear to a student that it is their responsibility and right to get the process of receiving accommodations started. Some examples of statements are:
“To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact the CLASS Office (x1053). If you have a letter from this office indicating you have a disability which requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to me so I will be able to provide the accommodations that you will need in this class.”
“Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the CLASS Office at x1053, as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely manner.”
“If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, please contact the CLASS Office 612-330-1053.”
See our Notetaker guide for Faculty for information about how to help a student find a notetaker.
Textbooks in Alternative Formats
Students whose disability impacts their reading may receive an accommodation for their course reading materials (textbooks, handouts, syllabi, lab manuals) to be in an accessible format. Formats include compact disc, Braille, large print, e-text, or scan-and-read access. Depending upon the particular format, it can take up to 8 weeks for a recorded text and 3 or more months for a Brailled document. We ask that faculty choose texts for their courses well in advance of the term to give us time to complete the conversion. If you give students handouts to read, please make these available to the student in advance so the student can get them in an accessible format.
Here you will find specifics about accommodations for students with disabilities at Augsburg College from the faculty’s point-of-view. For the policies the students have to adhere to, please see the Student Handbook.
Have you ever wondered what Kurzweil and Alpha Smarts are? This page will give you an overview of the technology that is available in the Groves Lab.
An abridged guide based on a longer guide to students with disabilities created by the ACTC ADA Committee. If you would like a copy of the full guide, please contact CLASS at 612-330-1053.
Suggestions for teaching students with learning disabilities
Universal Design of Instruction Learn more about the principles of Universal Design to make your classroom an inclusive learning environment.
Characteristics of and strategies for teaching students with specific disabilities
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