The University at Buffalo is strongly committed to ensuring that all academic and campus facilities and programs are accessible. To this end, Accessibility Resources (AR) partners with faculty to coordinate academic accommodations for students with disabilities at UB. AR is available to consult with faculty on any issues relating to disability and accessibility. Please contact us with your questions or concerns.
Faculty and Instructors play an integral role in creating a welcoming and inclusive campus for students with disabilities. One important aspect of this process is informing students of their rights and providing information on how to contact AR to request accommodation. The simplest way to do so is to include a statement on the course syllabus.
Please feel free to use the following sample statement on your syllabus:
- "If you require classroom or testing accommodations due to a disability, please contact Accessibility Resources, located at 25 Capen Hall. AR can be reached by phone at (716) 645-2608 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please inform me as soon as possible about your needs so that we can coordinate your accommodations."
Accommodations for Students
Accommodations help provide equal access to the same education for all students. Accommodations are not meant to give students with disabilities an unfair advantage, rather the aim is to create a "level playing field" where they have the same opportunity to learn and demonstrate their knowledge as others do. No one is required to disclose their disability status when applying to UB; students with disabilities are admitted using the same criteria as all other applicants.
Common accommodations students request are:
Learn more about the other accommodations students may request for your course. Students will notify you of their need for accommodation by providing each Faculty person an Accommodation Memo (Powerpoint (891KB)).
Universal Design (UD) is a set of principles aimed at creating environments and products that are accessible to the greatest number of people possible. These concepts have been adapted for education and curriculum development. The basic idea is to design something that the greatest number of people can use effectively. For example, rather than having two different building entrances, one with stairs and one with a ramp, a single entrance with a low threshold and automatic doors can be used equally well by people on foot or in wheelchairs.
In education, UD may reduce the need for some accommodations. For example, rather than recruiting a single peer note taker in your course to deliver copies of lecture notes only to the students with disabilities, offering all students the opportunity to post their notes to the course website may address the request, and benefit other students in the course as well. To learn more about UD in education, please contact AR for consultation.
Please see our list of resources for more information and tools related to Universal Design and accessible teaching.
Faculty can arrange a media accessibility consultation with AR staff to discuss concerns related to the accessibility of audio, visual, and online media for their courses.
Accommodations for Faculty and Staff
AR also coordinates requests for accommodations from UB faculty and staff. If you are in need of accommodation please contact AR. Please review our information on how to request accommodation to find out more about the process.