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Las Positas College is committed to creating a teaching and learning environment that facilitates equal access to educational and academic opportunities for all students.
1. Faculty are required by law* to provide approved reasonable accommodation per the student with disability’s individualized Academic Accommodation Plan.
Faculty are required to provide a reasonable accommodation when the student has an educational limitation that affects their ability to acquire information or to demonstrate knowledge of the course material in a standard way due to a disability. Compliance does not require lowering or substantially modifying academic or program standards, or fundamentally altering the integrity of a program or course curriculum. Please consult with the DRC office if you have questions or concerns about any approved accommodations per a student’s academic accommodation plan.
DRC’s qualified staff identify need for individualized accommodations and develop the Academic Accommodation plan with accommodations to address the student’s disability related barriers and allow equal access. Examples of approved academic accommodations may include, but are not limited to increased testing time, use of memory aides, sign language interpreters, notetakers etc.
2. Make Your Online Course Accessible
Your documents and presentations need to meet current accessibility standards. nline lectures and videos must be captioned. The LPC Online Learning website is a great resource to help faculty make their course accessible.
Other online accessibility training resources:
- California Community Colleges Accessibility Center offers self paced Accessibility essentials micro courses.
- California Community Colleges Tech Connect
- Guidance on how to customize online test parameters : Instructions on allowing extra time on tests in Canvas.
- How to optimize Proctorio for students with disabilities: Proctorio - FAQs for Faculty page
3. Maintain Student Confidentiality
Under FERPA Right to Privacy Act and related laws affecting higher education and disability information, students have the right to confidentiality. Students have expressed fear of having their disability revealed to others. If their information is revealed to classmates or others without the student’s permission, it is a violation of confidentiality laws and the trust that the student has in the instructor and the college. Exceptions: Mandated Reporters (required by law) - a student can be reported if the student is determined to be a danger to self or others, or when there is reasonable suspicion of child abuse or the abuse of a dependent adult.
4. Include a DRC accessibility statement in your Course syllabi and Canvas Courses (See sample statement below)
Any student that anticipates or experiences any barriers to learning in this course or has an approved accommodation plan through the Disability Resource Center (DRC), is advised to connect with the instructor to discuss their needs. Students with disabilities anticipating or requiring reasonable accommodations due to a physical, learning or mental health disability, or other medical conditions should contact the DRC to develop an Accommodation Plan. For additional information or to schedule an appointment call the Disability Resource Center via phone at (925) 424-1510 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refer, Refer and Redirect students to DRC
We appreciate your efforts and wanting to be a supportive advocate on behalf of students, but we request that you please refer students to contact the Disability Resource Center office directly to the extent possible so that they can learn to advocate for themselves and DRC staff can comprehensively evaluate and address their needs.
Feel free to consult our office if you have questions about accommodations, need intervention assistance, testing accommodations, or want to learn more about how disability laws are applicable to instruction.