Disability Resource Center
Supporting our DRC Students
As we embark on unexpected changes in the modality of instruction and student services, please keep in mind the needs of DSPS students in your class. Many DSPS students have not taken online courses and their in-class accommodations may not reflect the needs they may have in an online course.
Please communicate directly with your students on any concerns they may have, and feel free to reach out to our Accommodations Coordinator, Michelle Lapitan at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns or recommendations. Thank you for your commitment and support of students in this challenging time.
We recommend including the following paragraph below in your course syllabus
To obtain disability related accommodations, students must contact Disability Resource Center (DRC) as early as possible in the quarter. To contact DRC, you may:
- Email DRC at email@example.com
- Call DRC at 650.949.7017 to make an appointment
If you already have an accommodation notification from DRC, please contact me privately to discuss your needs.
Accommodations Process and Procedure
Foothill is using Clockwork, a complete scheduling and data management system designed to meet the specialized needs of DRC, the types of services provided, and the students served.
Instructors can use Clockwork to:
- View all student accommodation requests in one spot
- Approve accommodation testing requests
- Provide information regarding testing times, materials, etc.
How to Access Clockwork
- Log into myportal.fhda.edu
- Under "Faculty”
- Scroll to bottom for "Clockwork” Application
- Click on "Clockwork Foothill Disability" under Instructor Login
To learn how to use Clockwork, download the PDF tutorial guide. (1.4 MB)
Course Adjustments and Auxiliary Aids provide equitable access to classroom instruction, materials, programs, or facilities and do not fundamentally alter the essential nature of a course or academic program.
These are tools that support and modify conditions that would otherwise cause a student, because of a disability, to be at a disadvantage in their access to education. Our Accommodations 101 PDF guide is a list of Course Adjustments and Auxiliary Aids that are most seen in the DRC but not an inclusive list.
Accommodations Review Procedure
If you have a question or concern about the authorized accommodation, please contact DRC immediately.
Please note that all approved academic accommodations will remain in place and must be provided by the Instructional Faculty during the dispute process and until a final determination has been made.
Please view this flowchart for better information about the review process.
Ten Common Suggestions for Accessibility in the Classrooms
- Make textbooks decisions as early as possible.
- Allow students to choose their own seats.
- Post instructional materials in an accessible format online prior to class.
- Show only videos that have been closed captioned.
- Ensure inclusiveness in the classroom.
- Explain the goals and objectives of the class at the first session.
- Use multiple methods to present your materials.
- Provide alternate ways to demonstrate knowledge of content.
- Be open to communicating with students about their learning styles.
- Remove physical barriers where possible.
*Source: California State University - Office of the Chancellor, Accessible Technology Initiative