UT offers assistance to students, staff, patients with disabilities

September 10, 2012 | UToday
By Staff

The University of Toledo strives to make learning, working and receiving medical treatment as easy as possible for those with disabilities — whether students, patients or employees.

While the Office of Accessibility has changed its name to the Office of Academic Access, it still provides the same services to assist students on campuses.

Students with disabilities can use the Office of Academic Access, which is designed to create an accessible learning environment. Through this office, students can obtain special accommodations for their classes as well as help with their course work.

The University provides interpreting services, classroom adaptations, flexible attendance, testing accommodations and paratransit shuttles.

The Office of Academic Access provides student workers who are available to take notes and proctor tests for others in its testing center when needed. The office also works with faculty members when alternative learning materials are needed, such as electronic texts or different media.

Although this office offers many services to students, it also stresses the importance of students speaking directly with their instructors if they need preferential seating, breaks or other needs. Faculty members are there to assist students’ learning experiences in whatever way possible.

UT employees should communicate their accessibility needs to their supervisors so that they can receive the ncessary accommodations. Supervisors will then coordinate with the Office of Institutional Diversity to ensure accommodations are provided that best suit the work environment.

When patients with disabilities come to The University of Toledo Medical Center, it is important for them to discuss their needs with their primary care physician. The UTMC staff will work together to create accommodations. A service excellence officer also is available to assist with this process.

Other areas vital to the accessibility and accommodation of the University are Human Resources and Talent Development; Service Excellence; Legal Affairs; Facilities and Construction; Purchasing Services; Information Technology; Center for Creative Instruction; Auxiliary Services; Office of Equity and Diversity; and Student Affairs.

The UT Americans With Disabilities Act Compliance Officer Wendy Wiitala is another resource available to assist in advising and resolving accessibility issues. She is in the Internal Audit and Compliance Department, giving the position more oversight responsibility throughout the University.

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