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DISABILITIES SUPPORT SERVICES VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

by Thomas Mays, Disability Support Services

The college has recently been experiencing situations where individuals (particularly parents) would like to volunteer in the classroom for students with disabilities.  Although college policy does not permit individuals who are not registered for a class to sit in on the class, there are exceptions to this rule when it comes to providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities.  If a student has self-identified to the Disability Support Services Office (DSS) and provided appropriate documentation, this review could result in the student being aided in the classroom.  However, this process can be complex and does not allow for just anyone to come on behalf of a student with a disability, including the parent.  Each case must be individually reviewed and reasonable accommodations determined based on documentation, nature of disability, and consultation with the DSS coordinator.

A new policy for volunteering in the classroom has been developed to assist in this process.  It provides guidelines for both instructors and individuals who would like to volunteer in the classroom.  It also addresses liability issues while on campus.  The goal of this new policy is to eliminate any possible conflict of interest that impacts the educational process and the provision of reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities.  If someone wants to volunteer in your classroom to help a student with a disability, please direct both student and volunteer (i.e., parent, relative, friend, etc.) to the Disability Support Services Office, Marlboro Hall, Room 1042.  For copies of this new policy and application forms please contact DSS at M-1042 or call 301-322-0838.

 

The Instructional Area Newsletter, Volume 17, No. 3

Spring 2002