Faculty and Staff Page

Cañada College is committed to the inclusion and accessibility of all students. At the top of Cañada’s values is accessibility. Cañada faculty has a key role in assuring that their classes are fully accessible to all populations. Depending on the student’s disability related barriers, faculty might be asked to allow for a wide range of reasonable accommodations

The primary role for DRC staff is to provide Cañada College students, faculty, staff and administration with guidance and “know how” for disability accommodations. Together, we can team up and answer any questions you might have regarding disability, faculty rights and accessibility.

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Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

Faculty rights:

  • To set academic standards
  • To evaluate the student based on the standards of the class and to grade accordingly
  • To advise the student to contact DRC if the student requests an accommodation and the instructor has not received written notification from the DRC office

Faculty responsibilities:

  • To work with DRC to provide for accommodations in a fair and timely way
  • To adjust instruction without fundamentally altering the program
  • To provide handouts in a timely way for alternate media provision
  • To select textbooks in a timely way so that e-text can be ordered from the publisher
  • To respect and maintain a student's right to confidentiality about his/her disability by not announcing or discussing the student's disability in the presence of other students or staff
  • To contact the DRC office if there is disagreement about the accommodation
  • To work with DRC to ensure that instructional videos/DVDs are captioned
  • To post materials on school websites in an accessible format for students
  • To ensure that test accommodations do not impact lecture time or other course meeting requirements

Individual Consultation For Faculty and Staff

The DRC welcomes questions and partnering with classroom faculty so we can support you in your efforts to accommodate a student with a disability. Individual consultations with our highly qualified DRC faculty are most welcome and available to all faculty and staff on any disability-related issue. There are many reasons why an individual consultation may be very helpful, including it is a very proactive way in finding a solution to specific issues. There are no "dumb" questions to us. We encourage working together as a team and welcome all questions.

There are times when a faculty or staff member may be struggling with how to assist a student in the most effective manner. Talking with a knowledgeable DRC faculty member can make a big difference in the outcome for the student's success. Having a better understanding of a disability and what the educational limitations are, as well as which accommodation(s) are recommended will help all involved. Please contact DRC if you wish to arrange an individual consultation.

Universal Design

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners including students with disabilities. UDL operates on the premise that the planning and delivery of instruction, as well as the evaluation of learning, can incorporate inclusive attributes that embrace diversity in learners without compromising academic standards. Today's college student population is increasingly diverse in educational background, age, gender, culture, ability, disability, and primary language. Universal Design for Learning has inclusive instructional design elements that are helpful in reaching a broad range of learners.

To apply universal design, instructors should consider the potential variation in individual skills and learning styles as they select instructional strategies and methods of evaluation. UDL provides "a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for learning. For more information see the University of Washington's Do It Project website.