Additional Information

Thank you for reading the DAS Faculty & Staff Guidelines. Below are some additional tips and resources to help better support students with disabilities.

Please contact DAS with any questions or comments. We are always happy to hear from you!

Disability Access Services
A200 Kerr Admin Bldg
Corvallis, OR 97331

General Awareness

  • Be careful not to make assumptions about an individual based on his or her disability.
  • Life experiences, combined with the nature and duration of a disability, strongly influence the educational adaptations developed by people with disabilities.
  • People with disabilities are impacted in a variety of different ways. Two people with the same disability may require very different accommodations.
  • A person with a disability may appreciate assistance. However, be sure to ask first.
  • Individuals with non-visible disabilities have needs that are just as real as those of persons with visible disabilities.
  • Expect students with a disability to meet the same standards of performance as all other students. They are here because of their abilities, not their disabilities.
  • All information about a person's disability is confidential. If having a discussion with a student about his/her needs, move to a private area.
  • Additional information is available in the Disability Access Services training module.


  • Use "person first" language. (e.g., person who uses a wheelchair, student who is blind).
  • Speak directly to an individual with a disability and not to an interpreter or an attendant.
  • Individuals who are blind are not generally hard of hearing. Don't raise your voice when speaking.
  • When speaking with persons who have speech impairments, do not finish their sentences to save time and do not pretend to have understood what they're saying if you haven't. It is fine to ask someone to repeat themselves.
  • When speaking for any extended period of time with a person who uses a wheelchair, sit down (do not bend or squat) so that you are at the same level.

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