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.
We encourage and welcome healthy, interactive discussions. If you would like to discuss a student concern or other disability-related issues, please call 718.802.3123 or email LAC@pratt.edu to schedule a meeting.
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 Learning/Access Center (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 to discuss these accommodations. For more information regarding the process by which students receive accommodations, please visit the Accessing the Learning/Access Center section of our website.
Notifying Professors of Students’ Accommodations
Following an enrollment meeting with students, the L/AC will email the Faculty Notification Letter (FNL), which outlines approved accommodations, to the student’s faculty, academic advisor, and department chair. The L/AC will then work with students and faculty as needed to implement the approved accommodations. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recommended Syllabus Statement
“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.”
L/AC Support and Information Available for Faculty, Staff, and Departments
Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the L/AC at anytime 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. Examples of presentation topics include an overview of L/AC policies and services, and suggested strategies for working with students with disabilities.
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 email us at email@example.com.
Faculty Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities
The Faculty Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities outlines the roles and responsibilities of the L/AC and of faculty in ensuring that Pratt Institute meets all mandated requirements for instructing students with disabilities. We are currently in the process of updating the 2017/2018 Guide, so please check back soon for the most up-to-date version!