This portion of the Learning/Access Center’s website contains information for faculty and staff to assist you in better understanding the needs of students with disabilities and to provide you with information about services, policies, and procedures.
The L/AC encourages and welcomes healthy, interactive discussions. If you would like to discuss a student concern or other disability-related issues, please contact us at 718.802.3123 or LAC@pratt.edu.
L/AC Support and Information Available for Faculty, Staff, and Departments
Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the L/AC to discuss the following:
- Concerns about specific students with disabilities;
- Concerns about students who are suspected of having a disability;
- Assistance in implementing recommended accommodations;
- General questions about disabilities;
- General questions about resources for students with disabilities at Pratt;
- Clarification of procedures by which students at Pratt receive classroom accommodations;
- Information about the Americans with Disabilities Act and other legal requirements related to students with disabilities in Higher Education.
L/AC staff are also available to give presentations at departmental, faculty, or other meetings, on a wide range of topics related to the academic support and success of students at Pratt. Presentations can vary in length and the topic(s) can be tailored to the needs of the department.
If you are interested in scheduling a presentation, or if you would like more information regarding the L/AC, please contact us at 718.802.3123 or LAC@pratt.edu.
About Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
To ensure that all students with disabilities are aware of the process by which they request and receive classroom accommodations, the L/AC strongly recommends that all faculty include the Syllabus Statement for Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (found below) on their course syllabi. This statement emphasizes that the first step to receiving classroom accommodations is to meet with the L/AC.
Notifying Professors of Students’ Accommodations
At the start of each new semester, the L/AC will email the Faculty Notification Letters (FNLs) for all enrolled students who have provided permission to each student’s faculty, academic advisor, department chair and assistant chair, L/AC advisor, and the student. Additionally, throughout the semester, FNLs for newly enrolled students will be emailed following the enrollment meeting with the student. The L/AC will then work with students and faculty as needed to implement the approved classroom accommodations, which are outlined on the FNL.
Instructors should encourage students who report disability-related issues to schedule a meeting with the L/AC to receive assistance with determining and establishing appropriate accommodations.
If you have any questions about implementing accommodations, or about the recommended syllabus statement, please contact the L/AC at 718.802.3123 or LAC@pratt.edu.
Recommended Syllabus Statement
The L/AC recommends you include the following, in its entirety, in course syllabi:
Students with Disabilities
Pratt Institute is committed to the full inclusion of all students. If you are a student with a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Learning/Access Center (L/AC) at LAC@pratt.edu to schedule an appointment to discuss these accommodations. Students with disabilities who have already registered with the L/AC are encouraged to speak to the professor about accommodations they may need to produce an accessible learning environment.
The Pratt campus and many of its buildings are historic in nature and thus not all spaces on campus are readily accessible and the accessibility of certain buildings and spaces on campus may not be immediately apparent to campus visitors. However, all programs, services and activities will be accessible and Pratt will accommodate any individuals with a disability who wish to avail themselves of any of its programs or activities.
To facilitate ease of access to all programs and activities, you have the option to indicate if you require an accessible space, have any mobility restrictions (e.g. inability/difficulty navigating stairs), or have any similar considerations or concerns, when registering in advance or scheduling an appointment for any program or activity on campus. Appropriate measures will then be taken to ensure that the relevant programs or activities are readily accessible with the least amount of delay or inconvenience to you.
Students should contact the Learning/Access Center at LAC@pratt.edu in advance, according to the procedures for requesting accommodations established by the Learning/Access Center. Requests for accommodation should be made as far in advance as reasonably possible to allow sufficient time to make any necessary modifications to ensure the relevant classes, programs, or activities are readily accessible. The Learning/Access Center is available to Pratt students, confidentially, with additional resources and information to facilitate full access to all campus programs and activities and provide support related to any other disability-related matters, and is located in the ISC Building, Room 104.
Security personnel, located at a booth inside the main gate at 200 Willoughby Avenue, are also available to assist visitors with directions, locating accessible routes, or providing any other assistance in navigating the campus grounds.