Faculty Teaching Guide: Introduction

Teaching Students With Disabilities

SUNY Oswego is committed to sustaining a learner-centered environment that provides excellent learning and growth opportunities for all of our students. We honor and celebrate student diversity, acknowledging that multiple perspectives invite and inspire new understandings. 

"Diversity" can refer to individuals' gender, race, culture, language, religion or sexual orientation. Disability represents another form of human diversity. Students with disabilities--like students from other non-majority groups-- bring experiences and perspectives that enrich our campus community and strengthen our individual and collective learning.

As part of our commitment to providing all students with rich opportunities for personal and academic growth and learning, SUNY Oswego offers equal educational opportunities and reasonable accommodations. This is in accordance with Federal law (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 1973; Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990) which state that:

"No qualified individual with disabilities shall, solely on the basis of their disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity in higher education."

The college Policy and Procedures for Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities are found in Section 5 of the Faculty and Professional Staff Handbook.

The college offers services and accommodations, coordinated by the Disability Services Office, to support equal opportunities for qualified learners who have disabilities. Faculty play a vital role in this process. Our* purpose is to offer basic information and resources to assist faculty with fulfilling their roles and responsibilities to their students who have disabilities. 

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*This faculty guide was developed by members of the SUNY Oswego Committee on Services to Students with Disabilities during the 2005-06 academic year. Participating 2005-06 committee members represented college staff, faculty and students. The content includes and builds upon earlier versions of a printed Faculty Guide developed by current and past members of this committee in years past.


Participating Members, 2005-06 Standing Committee on Services to Students with Disabilities

Roberta Schnorr,  Chair
Harry Shock, Ex Officio

Steven Abraham
Cindy Adam
Rolando Arroyo-Sucre
Warren Baldwin
Deborah Curry
Mary DePentu
Amanda Fenlon
Christopher Hebblethwaite
Starr Knapp
Lawrence Mayo
Jim McGivney
Daniel Preston
Michael Regan
Marta Santiago
Fred Scoles
William Silky
Drew Urbanek
Karen Wolford