TMCC

Disability Resource Center

Disability Information/Resources for Faculty

We are committed to serving the college community in the following areas: serving as an advocate and liaison; providing appropriate accommodations and services; giving guidance and training on disability matters; fostering self-sufficiency and acting as a resource regarding areas of compliance.

Disability Resource Center ADA Process for Faculty

  • We would appreciate your reading the ADA statement on your syllabus the first day of class to notify students about the services our office provides.
  • Direct interested students to go contact the DRC.
  • You may tell students that they will need to have documentation of their disability. We can help students obtain referrals, if needed.
  • Students should NOT receive accommodations without first meeting with the DRC adviser .
  • You will receive DRC paperwork from the student after they register with us.
  • Documentation and accommodation determinations will be handled through the DRC.
  • Please let us know if we can be of further assistance to you!

ADA Statement

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability are encouraged to meet privately with their instructors to discuss their specific needs and must contact the Disability Resource Center at 775-673-7277 in RDMT 315 to establish documentation of a disability and to coordinate reasonable accommodations.

Fast Facts for Faculty

The following is a list of helpful resource documents that can all be downloaded from our documents and forms page.

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
  • Blind or Visually Impaired
  • Deafness or Hard of Hearing (HoH)
  • General Information – Working with Students with Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities Fact Sheet
  • Mobility and Medical Impairments
  • Psychological
  • Seizures/Epilepsy

Memory Aids

You may receive a service letter from the Disability Resource Center approving a memory aid (such as a formula card or fact sheet) to a registered DRC student with a documented memory deficit, although it is not a typical accommodation. Please see the Memory Aid information for details of the process.

As the faculty member, you will be asked to evaluate this accommodation and determine its appropriateness. You are responsible for making a determination, on a test-by-test basis, with your department chair, as to whether memorization and recall of material are essential course objectives that will be measured on each exam in question. In that case, memory aids such as a note card, fact sheet, open book, notes or take-home exams would be a fundamental alteration of the course objectives, and may be denied by you. For example, it may be possible that a note card including formulas, without listing applications, may be appropriate in a math class if what is being tested is the application of a formula rather than the formula itself.

The Office for Civil Rights has determined that as long as the college has a process used to reach the determination, such as consulting with the instructor and department chair and examining each individual test, the college would not discriminate on the basis of a disability (which would be in violation of federal disability laws) when it denies a requested accommodation (the University of Akron, Ohio, #15-02-2049).

The Faculty Room

DO-IT serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. The "Faculty Room" is a space for faculty and administrators at postsecondary institutions to learn about how to create classroom environments and academic activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities" . The free link which includes valuable faculty information is http://www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty/.