Disability Specialist Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Determines eligibility for disability services and coordinates
access to accommodations and services for students with
disabilities. Reviews medical, psychological and technical
evaluations of studentsí abilities, disabilities, and requests for
reasonable accommodations. Develops plans to support access to
courses, programs, facilities, services, and activities on campus.
Advocates to increase the understanding and support of the campus
a specialized classification and not part of a series.
Examples of Duties:
- Reviews disability documentation of functional limitations
to determine eligibility for services and to substantiate
requests for reasonable accommodations.
- Assesses the interaction of the studentís disability with
the academic environment and develops a plan for the provision
of reasonable accommodations to facilitate equitable
- Coordinates communication between faculty, staff, and
prospective and enrolled students with disabilities, and
provides on-going consultation and technical assistance to
faculty and staff to facilitate equal learning opportunities.
- Provides information, referral, and support to prospective
and enrolled students with disabilities.
- Assists students in understanding their disabilities and
their rights and responsibilities relating to reasonable
- Provides support and problem solving assistance to
individuals and groups.
- Maintains strict confidentiality in verbal and written
- Maintains knowledge of current legislation and national,
state, and local issues affecting access for students with
- Documents, maintains and reviews current and accurate case
records, notes and related information in electronic and manual
- Delivers formal training to and provides technical
consultations to faculty, staff, students, and the local
community to promote awareness, sensitivity, and knowledge
regarding access for disabled individuals.
- Participates in professional development activities.
- Networks with and participates in activities of
community-based organizations serving disabled populations.
- May participate in University committees, task forces, and
- May plan, conduct, and report on disability and higher
- May participate in teaching courses and guest lecturing.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of medical,
psychological, and technical evaluations of disabilities.
- Knowledge of federal, state and local laws regarding access
for people with disabilities.
- Knowledge of the University policies and programs related to
- Knowledge of community resources for people with
- Skill in developing and delivering specialized professional
consultations and training on disability issues.
- Skill in working with people with a variety of disabilities.
- Skill in analyzing requests for reasonable accommodations
and developing and implementing plans for the provision of
- Skill in effectively communicating complex technical matters
related to disabilities both verbally and in writing.
Bachelorís degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work,
Counseling, Psychology, Education, Special Education or related
field, and four (4) years experience working with students with
designated disabilities and program coordination; OR, Masterís
degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work Counseling,
Psychology, Education, Special Education or related field, and two
(2) years experience working with students with designated
disabilities and program coordination; OR, Any equivalent
combination of education and/or experience from which comparable
knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
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