A Shared Responsibility
Portland Community College can only fulfill our mission of equal access when we work together to acknowledge a shared responsibility to advance inclusive opportunities that maintain high standards while minimizing barriers.
Disability Services is here to coordinate individual adjustments for students, but also to work proactively with faculty and staff to ensure potential barriers are removed at the design stage whenever possible. There are many opportunities to connect, engage, and collaborate. Below are descriptions of some of these options.
Math Accessibility Study
The Math Accessibility project underway at PCC is a great example of how institutions can get it right. We are collaborating and innovating with technology in ways that both improve student outcomes and honor our commitment to equal access.
- Webpage on Instructional Support site with embedded video
- Presentations offered at the Oregon Association on Higher Education and Disability
- Blog post shared with WeBWorK community
Universal Design Pilot
Disability Services is partnering with faculty who are interested in hired Accessibility Aides to go into classrooms and take notes with livescribe smartpens then share the multimedia notes with students in the class.
Technical Standards Review
Many programs have technical requirements that need to be written carefully to ensure we are promoting participation of underrepresented groups while maintaining high standards. Departments are encouraged to work collaboratively with Disability Services to review current language in consideration of elements such as:
- Sensory differences
- Full-time status requirements
- Clinical or Internship placement needs
- Certification or Licensure requirements
Disability Services is always happy to sit down, or chat on the phone, or exchange emails, as needed to be sure faculty across the district, whether full-time or part-time, feel supported in making sure courses, programs, and other offerings are inclusive, accessible, and working well for the students who are intended to benefit.