President's Message to Faculty on Disability

At California State University, East Bay, we are committed to excellence in education for a diverse student population.

And diversity includes disability.

In supporting our efforts to this commitment, it is essential that all of us are prepared to directly serve the needs of students with disabilities. This means each college, each department, each classroom as well as every university service -- understands that it is their job to serve all students, including students who happen to have disabilities. CSUEB is committed by its mission as well as its legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits a recipient of Federal financial assistance from discriminating on the basis of disability against persons participating in its programs and activities. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in public educational entities. As a public educational institution, California State University, East Bay receives funds through the U.S. Department of Education and is therefore subject to both laws. By fulfilling our professional responsibilities in this area, we also limit our institutional and personal legal liabilities in the process.

In the spirit of a shared commitment to provide the most accessible educational environment for students with disabilities, Accessibility Services serves as a resource and consultant to faculty and staff providing advice in matters of accommodating students with disabilities. Accessiblility Services counselors secure substantiating documentation from appropriate health care or testing professionals in order to verify a student's disability and prescribe the appropriate accommodations. While Accessibility Services has been charged by the University to determine the type of accommodations needed by students, the responsibility for accommodating the students is shared by professors, Accesibility Services, and other CSUEB staff.

Please take the time to read the information contained in this website. It contains valuable information about teaching strategies, accommodations, the law, and resources. I am confident that faculty, staff, and the various support services will continue to work together in a way that honors our tradition of leadership in providing access to students with disabilities.

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