Reasonable Accommodations: A Faculty Guide to Teaching College Students with Accessibility Concerns

In your classroom, you will undoubtedly encounter a student with accessibility concerns. (Note that some CUNY documents still use the term "Disability," while John Jay has gradually shifted to the term "Accessibility.") It is considered a "best practice" for your syllabus to state that you will provide reasonable accommodations to any student with a documented accessibility issue, as recognized by John Jay's Office of Accessibility Services. Generally speaking, a student should produce a letter within the first two weeks of classes stating what accommodations may be used in your course; these often include extended time on tests (tests will be administered in our testing center); a note-taker, the ability to record lectures, and in some cases, a sign-language interpreter, etc. It is appropriate to tell students that you do NOT want to know the nature of the disability but rather, how you will modify assignments, lectures, activities, and exams as needed.

The Accessibility Office is in Room L.66.00, You can also call them at 212.237.8031.

To learn more about what defines a disability, this guide from the City University is incredibly helpful: