Faculty Resources Overview

Students bring a unique set of strengths and experiences to the University, and students with disabilities are no exception. While many learn in different ways, their differences do not imply inferior capabilities.

There is no need to dilute curriculum or to reduce course requirements for students with a disabilities. However, special accommodations may be needed, as well as modifications in the way information is presented and in methods of testing and evaluation. Faculty will be aided in these efforts by drawing upon the student’s own prior learning experiences, using available college and department resources, and collaborating with the Student Disability Resource Center. To this end, faculty and staff are asked to assist the SDRC in making and documenting the appropriate academic adjustments, which will assist in our accountability efforts.

UWF SDRC Testing Policy: This link takes you to the official UWF policy SA-09.02-11/12, which describes the UWF procedures for requesting accommodations by students with disabilities.

SDRC Faculty 411 Guide: This ready reference page is a tool to assist faculty, staff, and the University community to respond to students who may be eligible to receive reasonable accommodations under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAAA) of 2008. The ADAAA has jurisdiction over any postsecondary institution that receives federal financial assistance.

Testing Accommodation Form: This online form allows the instructor to notify SDRC of a pending test, how SDRC will receive the testing instrument, resources that can be used during testing, and how SDRC will return the completed testing instrument. Up to 4 exams can be scheduled using this form. The use of this form allows SDRC staff to arrange for a space and a proctor to preserve the integrity of the testing process.

Universal Design of Instruction (UDI): UDI is an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners including students with disabilities.  

Accessibility: In web pages, it refers to the ability of a web page to be viewed by everyone, especially people with disabilities who use various assistive technologies. Accessible web pages take into account the special needs of visitors with auditory, visual, mobility and cognitive impairments and give those users an equivalent browsing experience to that of non-disabled visitors.

Official UWF Syllabus Statement: The University of West Florida supports an inclusive learning environment for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that hinder your full participation, such as time-limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos and podcasts, reasonable accommodations can be arranged. Prior to receiving accommodations, you must register with the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC). Appropriate academic accommodations will be determined based on the documented needs of the individual. For information regarding the registration process, e-mail sdrc@uwf.edu or call 850.474.2387.