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 (612) 330-1748. Each Academic Department is also assigned a CLASS staff liaison. Email us to find out who your department’s liaison is.
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, you will be emailed a notification from the student’s Disability Specialist stating that the student is working with CLASS. This email 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). 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 and need accommodations and you haven’t received an email from a Disability Specialist about them, please tell the student to contact our office.
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 may be able to 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. An example of a statement is:
Disability Accommodations and Accessibility: If you need accommodations because of a disability, please contact the CLASS Office (612) 330-1053 or stop by the Gage Center welcome desk on the link level of the Lindell Library.
Textbook selection for 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 University 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.
teaching students with disabilities
See Augsburg’s Center for Teaching and Learning Resources for more about the principles of Universal Design to make your classroom an inclusive learning environment.
Quick Guides for specific disabilities
Autism Spectrum Disorders (.rtf download)
Also check out one of our favorite videos about students with ADHD and Learning Disabilities: