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Resources for Faculty

February 2015

Dear Faculty Members:

Colorado College values all of its students and the many ways they contribute to the diversity of our campus. Furthering the college’s commitment to diversity, Accessibility Resources supports students with disabilities so they may participate fully in college life.

This has been a year of many changes for our office—new name (Accessibility Resources), new location (Armstrong 211), and newly revised web resources for faculty to assist you in your work with students with disabilities (please click links in the sidebar to access Guidelines for Faculty and Accommodations).

Additionally, we’ve hired a new assistant director of Accessibility Resources. I’m very pleased to announce that Sara Rotunno, currently the assistant director of Residential Life and Housing at CC, will be joining our staff on March 16. I know you’ll find Sara to be a very helpful and friendly resource!

During the 2013-14 academic year, more than 16 percent of CC’s students were connected in some way with Accessibility Resources—and approximately 13 percent were provided with accommodations to ensure an equitable CC experience. We anticipate that we’ll end this year with similar numbers.

We support students with a variety of disabilities, including those related to learning, attention, vision, hearing, speech, mobility, and physical and psychological health. Many students with temporary medical conditions and injuries, including concussions, also receive assistance from Accessibility Resources

The most commonly requested accommodations are related to students’ academic experiences. However, many students also receive accommodations that provide access to other aspects of campus life, such as housing and co-curricular activities. All are important to ensuring full access and inclusion.

As faculty, you play a critical role in supporting students with disabilities, from listening and understanding to providing classroom accommodations. We value a collaborative approach in our work with students and encourage you to contact us at any time if we can be of assistance. We will be delighted to answer questions, address concerns, or talk about suggestions you may have for improving the services we offer to students.

We sincerely appreciate all that you do for students and look forward to continuing to work in partnership with you.

Kind regards,

Jan Edwards
Director, Accessibility Resources