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Faculty Resources for Inclusive Instruction: Resources Around Campus


red tree imageThere are a number of resources on campus for students with disabilities. Some are specifically for students with disabilities and others are for all students who are seeking information, academic support or counseling.


The Office of Disabilities Services (404-727-6016) determines if a student qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 for special services, called accommodations, based on a disability and which accommodations are appropriate in each case. An individualized service plan is developed by the disabilities specialist in consultation with the student. Gloria Weaver is the Director of the Office of Disabilities Services. Jessalyn Smiley works closely with students and faculty to implement accommodations delivered through that office including taping textbooks, providing class notes through designated notetakers and overseeing extended time for tests.

Two types of students should go to the Office of Disabilities Services:

  • those who are seeking accommodations based on a diagnosed disability
  • those who need information about disabilities services and whether they might qualify as a person with a disability

This office can provide information about how students need to document their disabilities, what types of accommodations are offered and how these can be attained. This Office of Disabilities Services develops an individualized service plan for each qualified student. Students are not eligible to receive accommodations in their classes unless they are qualified through this office.


The Emory Writing Center (404-727-0886) is located in Callaway Center North 205A. Deb Ayer is the director of the center. It provides a broad range of services related to writing, including thinking through writing assignments during the planning phase and advising regarding many aspects of writing, including brainstorming, organization, thesis, style, wording and revision. Although not particularly designed for students with disabilities, these students are welcomed along with all other Emory undergraduates who want to improve their writing skills.


The Counseling Center (404-727-7450) is located in Cox Hall. This center is staffed by licensed psychologists and licensed clinical social workers. Mark McLeod, Ph.D. is the director of the center. The mission of the center is to support the emotional and personal health and well-being of all those in the Emory community through a variety of programs and services.

Through the Counseling Center, students can participate in prevention and education programs related to drugs and alcohol and discuss issues of diversity and social conflict as well as take advantage of the individual and group counseling offered.

Whenever there are concerns about emotional distress, a referral to the Counseling Center is appropriate. The center can provide faculty with guidelines for approaching a student who is suspected of having a problem if a direct referral is not warranted or possible.

Academic support in a variety of forms is offered through the the Learning Programs office (404-727-5300). Learning Programs is located in the Student Activities and Academic Center (SAAC) in suite 310.This office provides direct services to students through its peer tutoring, workshops and consultation services. It also provides support for students and faculty on issues of instruction for students with disabilities. Supplemental Instruction is a new program of collaborative learning associated with selected courses, primarily the sciences. Acting Director, Timothy Fields, supervises the development of this program. Other support services are designed with departments and located in the departments, such as the Math Lab.

Associate Dean Wendy Newby leads this unit of the Office for Undergraduate Education. The Assistant Director of the program is Shari Obrentz. Ms. Obrentz offers specialized services to students referred based on disabilities or other needs. The Academic Coordinator is Ellen Torrence.

Students elect to receive these tutoring services from advanced undergraduates who have maintained high grade point averages. Through TutorTrac, the on-line matching programs, student sign up to work with trained upperclassmen who are selected based on their previous academic performance. Students can sign up for a tutor at any time during the semester by going to www.epass.emory.edu. Students may select tutoring in two subjects for a total of 2 hours per week. Tutors are paid directly by the program.

Information about the new assistive technology lab (Laboratory for Enhanced Learning) will be posted this fall as this facility is developed.











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