The UC Denver Disabilities Committee, along with the CLAS Diversity committee, has assembled this website regarding faculty and disability. These resources will be of use to faculty with disabilities, allies of faculty with disabilities, and any faculty member interested in diversity and inclusion.
Accommodations for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities
Though there is typically some discussion of accommodating students with disabilities, faculty with disabilities also have a right to inclusive environments. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights act that prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in employment, and in participation in, or receipt of, benefits from programs, services, or activities. Employees may submit a request for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act by contacting Becka Hill, ADA Coordinator, at 303-315-2724 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Resources regarding faculty and staff accommodations:
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Visit UC Denver’s Disability Resources and Services for information about accommodating students with disabilities. (There is also information about inclusive teaching below.)
Parking and Accessibility Information
This campus map indicates accessible parking and building entrances, plus bus stops and light rail stations. (Click the “plus” sign on the in-map toolbar to enlarge.) This map highlights accessible entrances to buildings; accessible/unisex restrooms; van-accessible parking and loading zones; assistance dog relief areas; and stops for RTD Access-a-Ride. This campus parking map indicates the designated disability-accessible spaces by lot number.
The Campus Handivan is an accessible escort service available to parking customers with disabilities. The service is available (during semesters) from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. Call (303) 556-2001 to schedule a ride.
Access warning: The historic houses on 9th Street Park are not accessible to those using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. (As historic properties, they are excused from ADA requirements.) Some of these houses have a signal system outside. The exception is Einstein's Bagels, which is accessible through the rear patio door.
Sidewalk warning: The sidewalk running from the Lawrence St. Pedestrian Mall past the library to South Classroom and Colfax (bus, light rail stops) is highly pitched in the middle for drainage purposes. Use caution and keep to the center when using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Or, shift to the flat path that runs parallel, by passing through the breezeway between the West Classroom and Arts buildings (near the Auraria Library), or by heading toward St. Cajetan's when on the central quad.
Disability & Teaching
Incorporating disability into teaching means using inclusive pedagogies, as well as integrating disability into course curricula. There is much work on these topics by disability studies scholars and teachers, including the following resources:
Disability & the Auraria Library
The library AskUs desk has iPads for check-out to students or faculty (for four hours). These can be used to read papers by expanding the print. Also at the AskUs desk (Mon-Fri), staff can retrieve books for people with disabilities as long as they bring a list of desired books with them. UC Denver students can make limited use of the MSCD Access Center, which is located inside the library. The Accessibility and Technology Geek blog by a North Carolina librarian provides assistive technology information related to libraries. Also, Gallaudet University Library suggests a number of resources.
For questions about the UCD Disabilities Committee, contact Amy Vidali.