Under funding from the Office of Postsecondary Education, we have created an interactive web-based program to provide just-in-time online technical support to faculty and service providers in the accommodation of students with disabilities. The Building Accepting Campus Communities project has resulted in:
- Accommodation Solutions Online (ASO), a web-based tool providing faculty and students the opportunity to work in collaboration to find tailored solutions to specific accommodation issues. Often, accommodation plans are general and based on categories of disability rather than a student's specific needs. ASO provides a personalized menu of accommodations based on the student's cognitive and physical characteristics in conjunction with the essential activities or requirements posed by a particular course resulting in customized fingerprints leading to better understanding and provision of accommodations.
- The Accommodation Coach provides technical assistance in the form of information about various disabilities and how they impact a student's learning. Guidance is provided for accommodations such as the creation of raised line drawings or facilitation of a group discussion including a student with communication challenges.
The outcome of these efforts is a menu of customized accommodation solution options and authentic classroom best practices focused on the importance of faculty-student interactions. ASO will continue to be disseminated to other institutions of higher education for the purpose of supporting and sustaining the incorporation of accommodations in postsecondary education. Most importantly, the project serves as a catalyst for change by providing an incubator for conversations about how best to develop and test potential accommodation techniques, policies, and practices that are vitally needed.
The Building Accepting Campus Communities (BACC) project was funded by the US Department of Education Office of Secondary Education grant #P333A080070-09. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on gender, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.