Coordinate services for students with disabilities, interpret documentation, and determine reasonable accommodations. Act as a liaison between students, faculty, staff, and outside agencies. Assist the office with ensuring institutional compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other state/federal statutes as applicable to the education, accommodation, employment, and participation of students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities. Assist with developing policy regarding programmatic and physical access in all areas of the institution.
Essential Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities
- Coordinate services for students with disabilities; interview students and review documentation for eligibility; work with students to develop individualized services and accommodations; provide appropriate auxiliary aids for students (interpreters, notetakers, electronic books, assistive listening devices, Braille transcription, real-time captioning); maintain confidential files and records; refer students to various campus units for support and assistance and follow-up on referrals.
- Provide advising and counseling to students; assist students with course selection, registration, academic plans, career decisions, and understanding academic policies and procedures; provide coaching/mentoring assistance and recommend strategies and learning skills to enhance academic progress; advise students regarding self-advocacy; monitor students' progress.
- Provide information to prospective students and their parents regarding services, documentation guidelines, high school to college transition issues, and reasonable accommodation processes and procedures; assist with student recruitment at college fairs throughout the state in conjunction with the office of admissions; answer routine correspondence and phone calls from prospective parents, students with disabilities, and high school personnel; meet with students and parents during Orientation and Registration.
- Provide information and guidance to faculty members and staff. Discuss techniques and methods for accommodating students with a wide array of disabilities, balancing essential course requirements with student rights, faculty/student rights and responsibilities, providing testing accommodations for students, etc.
- Assist with maintenance of department's web page. Present programming on disability related issues to campus constituency groups. Assist office with adaptive technology, policy development, programming, research, and legal compliance issues.
- Participate in University committees. Assist with collecting, analyzing, and reporting information to be used for university-level reports or briefings; assist with developing long and short term goals within the framework of institutional and divisional priorities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Minimum of one year experience working with persons with disabilities; preferred experience in a higher education setting/knowledge of higher education issues; ability to interpret a wide array of medical, psychological, and educational documentation; preferred knowledge of federal/state statutes, theories of disability, and counseling techniques; demonstrated appreciation and knowledge of diversity issues; strong written and oral communication skills; organizational/record keeping skills; ability to work under stressful conditions and balance competing priorities; computing competence.