Faculty Support for Students with Disabilities

As a Faculty or Staff Member, How Can I Help Students with Disabilities?

Disability Resource Center Mission Statement

To advocate in partnership with students who have disabilities by providing accommodations that promote an accessible educational environment at CNM

ADA and Section 504: How They Impact Faculty

College students with disabilities are guaranteed equal access to educational experiences and opportunities via federal legislation known as the Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990 as amended (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 1973 as amended.

Students with disabilities may require academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids, i.e. accommodations, in the classroom to create a level playing field on which they can perform to the best of their abilities. [34 C.F.R. 104]

A good way to think about academic adjustments is a person who wears glasses or contact lenses being denied the right to wear them during class. Writings on the board or overhead information would not be readable. Allowing glasses or contact lenses illustrates a form of auxiliary aids which enables the learner to have a fair and equal opportunity to benefit from the written content of the class, without an unfair advantage over other students.

CNM Disability Resource Center Recognizes CNM Faculty and Staff As Customers of Our Services!

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) works with CNM students with disabilities to ensure that they have documented their disabilities and require academic adjustments.

  • The DRC supplies students with necessary assistive technologies, such as large print materials, textbooks in alternative formats, and real-time captioning of classroom lectures, presentations, and discussions.
  • The DRC also provides students with a Student Accommodations Statement (SAS) detailing the required academic adjustments and auxiliary aids.

Students have the responsibility to inform their instructors of their required academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and to present their SAS. The student is not required to disclose their specific disability.

What About People Who Have Temporary Disabilities?

In the event of temporary disabilities — for example, surgery which will lead to a full recovery — students are encouraged provide the necessary documentation to the DRC indicating medical condition and the length of time for recovery. When possible, students should make this provision in advance of treatment to allow time for consultation with their instructors for effective planning to take place.

A DRC counselor will then generate a SAS and date it for the appropriate length of time during which the student will be eligible for academic adjustments. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the SAS to their instructors.

Disability Resource Center

Main Campus:
900 University Drive SE
Student Services Center
Room: SSC-209
Phone: (505) 224-3259
Fax: (505) 224-3261

Advanced Technology Center, Workforce Training Center, Rio Rancho, South Valley, and Westside Campuses: Please contact the Main or Montoya Campus Disability Resource Center.


How Can Faculty Help?

Accommodating students with disabilities is an art rather than a science. Recognized disabilities include behavioral, cognitive, hearing, learning, physical, and visual conditions. It is important to keep in mind that although students may have a similar diagnoses, similar conditions may affect individuals differently.

The SAS will indicate the student’s required academic adjustments and auxiliary aids. Some examples are: assistive technologies, extended time for tests, texts in alternative format, exams in alternative formats, sign language interpreting, notetaker services, preferential seating, accommodating furniture, use of a spellchecker, and the ability to leave the classroom to manage a health condition. In the interest of collaboration with faculty and staff at the DRC, creative ideas on accommodations are always welcome.

Faculty has the responsibility to adopt academic adjustments to ensure non-discrimination on the basis of disability against a student. Faculty must keep any disability information as well as conversations with the student confidential.

CNM is fortunate to have experts on staff, housed in the Disability Resource Center. The DRC endeavors to collaborate with faculty and the DRC recognizes faculty just as much a customer of our services as students with disabilities.