Kingsborough Community College is committed to promoting student learning and development as well as strengthening and serving its diverse community. In keeping with this mission, Access-Ability Services (AAS) promotes a learning environment that emphasizes education, empowerment, informed participation, and equal access for students with disabilities. Faculty play an important role in creating an academic setting in which students with disabilities are full and valued participants. The purpose of this resource page is to support faculty in this role by disseminating relevant AAS and other disability-related information.
We begin with a brief introduction to the laws that form the foundation of the postsecondary commitment to equal access. We then consider faculty, student and AAS rights and responsibilities as they pertain to accommodations and services for students with disabilities. Finally, scroll down for specific information on how our office works (Access Nuts and Bolts for Faculty) and how to work with students with disabilities and accommodate their specific disabilities (Reasonable Accommodations: A Faculty Guide to Teaching Students with Disabilities).
Faculty play a major role in making their classrooms accessible to all students.
It is imperative that students with disabilities, faculty members, and AAS communicate on a regular basis.
Faculty and AAS must respect a student's right to confidentiality.
AAS is the office designated to determine student eligibility for academic accommodations and services.
Inclusion and full participation are the shared responsibility of AAS, Faculty and Students.
Faculty and AAS work together to remove barriers and support all students' right to an inclusive educational environment.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008 protect students with disabilities from discrimination that may occur as a result of misconceptions, attitudinal barriers, and/or failure of the institution to provide appropriate accommodations, auxiliary aids, or services.
Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that
No otherwise qualified person with a disability ......shall, solely on the basis of disability, be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by any institution receiving federal financial assistance.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guarantees people with disabilities access to employment, public accommodations, transportation, public services and telecommunications. Section or Title II applies to the public services of state and local governments, which include public educational institutions.
Faculty have the right to:
Faculty Have The Responsibility To:
PLEASE NOTE: Faculty do NOT have the right to ask students if they have a disability or to ask about the nature of the disability. However, if students choose to disclose their disability, this information should be treated as confidential.
Students have the right to:
Students Have The Responsibility To:
AAS has the right to:
AAS Has The Responsibility To: