At BCIT we value the outstanding role of our faculty and staff in promoting successful education for all students. Accessibility Services works in collaboration with faculty to ensure students with disabilities have equal opportunities for academic success.
In this section, you can find information about the accommodation process and various resources to help you when teaching students with particular needs due to a disability.
Key processes and resources
Accessibility Services have curated the strategies and tools to help enrich the educational experience for all students, regardless of disability.
Concerned about a student facing disability challenges?
This can be a sensitive topic and it is important to be attuned to the student’s needs. Typically, the best approach is to be supportive, discrete, and non-directive. It can be as simple as, informing the student of the existence of the variety of services that exist at BCIT and let the student determine which support may be most appropriate for them. (e.g., “I notice that you have been having some difficulties in the class and I wanted to let you know that BCIT has a variety of services to help provide supports including Counselling & Student Development, Recreation Services, Accessibility Services and tutoring through the Learning Commons, should you feel any of them might be useful.”)
A proactive approach can also be useful. We recommend including a classroom announcement in your course outline and on the program website to notify all students about the available campus resources. Please see our sample classroom announcement.
Teaching strategies for specific disabilities
This list, although not exhaustive, covers major categories of disabilities likely to be encountered in a post-secondary setting.
Faculty and staff responsibilities
Faculty, Instructors, and staff are always encouraged to contact Accessibility Services at any time if there are questions, comments, or feedback regarding the duty to accommodate or the accommodation process.