Office of Accessibility Resources & Services

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Five Questions Faculty Ask

What disability qualifies for services?
Essentially we have seven general categories for disability related services. They are: Blind/Visually Impaired; Deaf/Hard of Hearing; Learning Disability/Attention Deficit Disorder; Medical Impairment; Mobility Impairment; Psychiatric Disability; or Speech Impairment.
How do I know who will qualify for services?
Students are eligible for services if they have a verified disability, either permanent or temporary, which requires accommodation, and are a registered UNCG student. Students must submit written documentation of their medical or other diagnostic documentation of disability. This should be done at least six weeks in advance of registration.
How are the disability types distributed within the UNCG population?
Disability Services on an average accommodates over 1000 students during an academic school year.  35% of the students have some form of learning disability and/or 29% have an attention deficit disorder, hearing impairments comprise 5% of our population, while 2% are visually impaired, 4% are mobility impaired, 14% have medical impairments, and 11% other health impaired.
What is Disability Service’s philosophy?
The Office of Accessibility Resources and Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is committed to orchestrating the educational development of qualified students who have a physical or learning disability. Simultaneously, it is imperative that Disability Services continually work to improve the understanding and support of the total university community toward this end. Students are encouraged to be independent and autonomous individuals who know their learning strengths and develop appropriate coping strategies for academic success. Disability Services is to serve as a supportive environment so that students may achieve their educational objectives.
What are some essential teaching tips?
  • Keep it confidential. Try not to embarrass or single the student out in class.
  • Put a statement on the syllabus regarding accommodations and modifications.
  • Be mindful of the handouts, overheads and other teaching materials to be used in class.
  • Changing syllabus in mid-course is usually confusing for everyone.
  • Plan ahead and make arrangements prior to test.