Faculty & Staff (ADA Resources)

Tips All Faculty Should Follow:

First and foremost, remember, ensuring that students with disabilities are receiving their outlined accommodations is a critically important obligation of all faculty and staff at Lawson State Community College.  Thus, in ensuring compliance with federal laws and guidelines, follow these tips:

1. Once an accommodation has been agreed upon between the student and the ADA counselors, adhere to the accommodations.
2. Always adhere to accommodations to the letter.  For example, if the accommodations stipulate that a student has to be tested in isolated environments, don't test the student in the class and state the student did not request to move. The accommodation, once delivered to the faculty member, requires the faculty member (not the student) to ensure that the accommodation is followed.  Never stray.  Adhere to the accommodations to the letter.
3.  If a student refuses an accommodation, get it on record.  Make the student sign and date something asserting that they are refusing a stated accommodation (on a specific date and time). 
4.  Maintain confidentiality.  Never discuss a students accommodation with any other person other than the student (privately) or the ADA Counselor.
4.  Be accommodating to accommodations.  Lawson State is an ADA friendly school and expects all faculty and staff to welcome accommodations.  Showing indifference to an accommodations request or refusing an accommodations request (on an approved accommodations letter), will never be tolerated and can lead to disciplinary action being sought against an employee. 
5. When in doubt, ask. Contact the ADA Counselors if you have questions about an ADA situation.
6.  Take notes on the accommodations you are providing.  This is not required, but recommended.

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Understanding Learning Difficulties in the Classroom


Contact Us

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When providing services / accommodations to students with disabilities, the ADA counselors utilized general concepts, information, and materials from a variety of sources. You may find these sources helpful resources when serving students with disabilities. 

The following resources are provided for your assistance: 

The Faculty Room   The Faculty Room is a site for faculty and administrators at postsecondary institutions to learn about how to create classroom environments and activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities. This page is specific to faculty rights. 

PACER Center – Champions for Children with Disabilities
ADA Q& A: Section 504 & Postsecondary Education   Northern Arizona University
Faculty guide  Northern Illinois University
U.S. Department of Education   
Report to Congress on the implementation of IDEA
LD Online   A comprehensive website on learning disabilities for parents, teachers and other professionals.
The Learning Disabilities Association of America, (LDA)     
A nonprofit grassroots organization whose members are individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults with learning disabilities.  

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) A nonprofit grassroots organization whose members are individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults with learning disabilities. 

ADA Forms

ADA--Accommodations (Policies & Procedures)
ADA--General Consent Form
ADA--Request for Testing Accommodations

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Transportation Resources for the Birmingham Area: 
• Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority: http://www.bjcta.org/   
• Clas Tran: http://aldotgis.dot.state.al.us/altrans/default.aspx
• Commute Smart: www.commutesmarter.org 

• Birmingham Regional Paratransit Consortium
Kevin McGreevey, Operations Manager  
Allison Wildman, Executive Director 
PO Box 2783 Birmingham, AL 35202
Email: awildman@clastran.com  
Phone: 205.325.8787 fax: 205.325.8788 
Counties served: Jefferson, Shelby

Project ACTION: 700 Thirteenth Street, N.W., Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-3066, 800- 659-6428
Fax (202) 347-4157 E-mail:   project_action@nessdc.org  

Passenger Assistance, Safety and Wheelchair Securement, The Office of Statewide Transportation Programs, Division of Outreach and Continuing Education, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Sabin Hall, Room 31, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201. 

Evacuating Elderly and Disabled Passengers From Public Transportation Vehicle Emergencies, Senior Services of Snohomish County, Special Projects Department, 8225 44th Avenue West - Box B, Mukilteo, WA 98275.

Serving Passengers with Cognitive Disabilities, developed by Nancy L. Bolding, The ARC, 500 E. Border Street, Suite 300, Arlington, TX 76010.

Passenger and Agent Safety, Dr. Michael Caan, Columbia Medical Mfg. Co, Inc., P.O. Box 633, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.

Take A Moment for Safety, Q-Straint, 3085 Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park, NY 14127.

Suggestions for Guiding Blind Individuals, Wisconsin Council of the Blind, Inc., 354 West Main Street, Madison, WI 53703.

Wheelchair Lift Operating Instructions for the MCI 102A3, Motor Coach Industries, Inc., Pembina, North Dakota, USA 58271-0349.

On Being A Trainer, Adapted from A Workshop for Managing Diversity in the Workplace, by S. Kanu Kogod, San Diego, CA: Pfeiffer & Company, 1991.