Test Your Disabilities Services Knowledge

Questions & Answers for Faculty and Staff:
Some questions may have more than one correct answer.

After the exam today, a student told me she has A.D.D. Should I:

  • tell her it is a shame, but no accommodations can be made in order to maintain standards?
  • ask her if she has filed her documentation with Disabilities Services and has spoken with a counselor to see what services she qualifies for?
  • give her any accommodations she requests to avoid legal problems and/or bureaucratic red tape with Disabilities Services?
  • ask her for proof of her disability before making any accommodations?
  • None of the above.
  • b. ask her if she has filed her documentation with Disabilities Services and has spoken with a counselor to see what services she qualifies for

During registration, a student told me he has a learning disability. Should I:

  • send him directly to Disabilities Services before registering him?
  • ask him if he has filed his documentation with Disabilities Services and has spoken with a counselor to see what services he qualifies for?
  • ignore his ACT scores and give him the courses I think he should have?
  • work with the student to choose courses within the constraints of the curriculum and credit hours he is comfortable with and refer him to Disabilities Services?
  • None of the above.
  • b. ask him if he has filed his documentation with Disabilities Services and has spoken with a counselor to see what services he qualifies for?

    d. work with the student to choose courses within the constraints of the curriculum and credit hours he is comfortable with and refer him to Disabilities Services?

    The correct answers to this question are d) and b). Since the student has disclosed to you that he has a learning disability, he probably feels anxious about being able to handle the course load. Work with the student to resolve the immediate situation. This is an accommodation that is afforded any student with or without a disability. The next step would be to encourage the student to contact Disabilities Services, if he has not already done so, to learn what other reasonable accommodations are available.

After class today, a student told me she has a learning disability in Math. This is a Math class. Should I:

  • tell her to drop the class?
  • encourage her to get tutoring?
  • advise her on programs that do not require Math?
  • ask her if she has filed her documentation with Disabilities Services and has spoken with a counselor to see what services she qualifies for?
  • None of the above.
  • b. encourage her to get tutoring

    d. ask her if she has filed her documentation with Disabilities Services and has spoken with a counselor to see what services she qualifies for

    Extended Testing Time and Standing Tutoring Appointments are reasonable accommodations offered by Disabilities Services to eligible students who have filed their documentation with us. Tutoring is a service available to all students and should be recommended to this student as well.

Students just turned in their essays. I cannot read this student's handwriting. Should I:

  • ask him if he has a learning disability?
  • tell him that if he wants to pass this class he had better go to the Writing Center for help?
  • tell him I am having difficulty reading his writing and ask what could be done to make his answers more legible?
  • call Disabilities Services for suggestions on reasonable accommodations?
  • None of the above.
  • b. tell him I am having difficulty reading his writing and ask what could be done to make his answers more legible

    Students with poor handwriting may or may not have a learning disability. If the student has a documented learning disability, Notetaker Services would be a reasonable accommodation. It would also be reasonable to allow the student to use a tape player to record his papers or have access to a word processor. Filing documentation with Disabilities Services is unnecessary if the professor is willing to provide these accommodations to any student.

I have a student in a wheelchair in my class. Should I:

  • refer her to Disabilities Services?
  • treat her like any other student?
  • ask her if she requires anything to make the classroom more accessible?
  • make a general announcement in the class that if anyone requires special services to contact Disabilities Services?
  • None of the above.
  • c. ask her if she requires anything to make the classroom more accessible

    If the student requires special furniture such as a table, the faculty should call Disabilities Services to discuss the most expedient way to get this done.

There is a student in my class who I think has a learning disability. Should I:

  • tell him that I think he has a learning disability and refer him to Disabilities Services?
  • ask him if he had been in Special Education in high school?
  • treat him like any other student in the class and refer him to the Academic Support Center for tutoring?
  • have a conference with him to discuss what services are available to him including tutoring and meeting with a counselor?
  • None of the above.
  • c. treat him like any other student in the class and refer him to the Academic Support Center for tutoring

There is a student in my class who is struggling with reading. Should I:

  • tell her to drop the class?
  • ask her how she ended up in my class?
  • Tell her I think she has a learning disability and refer her to Disabilities Services?
  • ask her what she is doing to improve her reading skills?
  • have a conference with her to discuss what services are available to her including tutoring and meeting with a counselor in Disabilities Services?
  • None of the above.
  • e. have a conference with her to discuss what services are available to her including tutoring and meeting with a counselor in Disabilities Services

There is a student in my class who is acting inappropriately. When I talked to him after class, he said he has A.D.H.D. Should I:

  • refer him to Disabilities Services?
  • call Disabilities Services to find out if he has had filed documentation?
  • tell him that having A.D.H.D. is no excuse for inappropriate behavior?
  • call Disabilities Services to find out if tolerating inappropriate behavior is a reasonable accommodation?
  • None of the above.
  • a. refer him to Disabilities Services

    c. call Disabilities Services to find out if tolerating inappropriate behavior is a reasonable accommodation

I received a call yesterday from the parent of a student in my class. The parent informed me the student has received accommodations for a disability in high school and asked what I was doing for the student at Ferris. Should I:

  • tell the parent I will do everything I can to make sure she is successful?
  • have a meeting with the student to find out what accommodations she wants?
  • have a meeting with her other professors to let them know what accommodations they should provide?
  • follow up with the student to make sure she has been accommodated?
  • None of the above.
  • None of the responses are correct. It is best to direct the parent to Disabilities Services.

One of my students approached me with a set of documents about her learning disability and requested I make several accommodations. Should I:

  • tell her it is a shame, but no accommodations can be made in order to maintain standards?
  • direct the student to Disabilities Services and ask to see a counselor?
  • give her any accommodations she requests to avoid legal problems and/or bureaucratic red tape with Disabilities Services?
  • ask her if my class is the appropriate class for her?
  • None of the above.
  • b. direct the student to Disabilities Services and ask to see a counselor