office for institutional diversity
The Office for Institutional Diversity is committed to ensuring a welcoming environment to all individuals, including those with disabilities, who have joined or are seeking to join the BC community, are alumni, or are visiting the campus. As part of Boston College's commitment the Executive Director of the Office for Institutional Diversity, Patricia Lowe, is the ADA/504 Coordinator. The ADA/504 Coordinator's role is to oversee compliance of our governmental regulations and Boston College policy to ensure we work towards building a more inclusive campus. In addtion to the ADA/504 Coordinator, we have the following individuals who may be a first point of contact in addressing accessibility questions across campus:
|Access and Accomodation Support|
|Faculty and Staff||Current Students|
|Judy Z. Ferres, Associate Director; firstname.lastname@example.org; 617-552-2947||Rory Stein, Assistant Dean, Students with Disabilities (medical, physical, or psychological disability); email@example.com; 617-552-3470|
|Kathy Duggan, Director, The Connors Family Learning Center (learning disabilities and ADHD); firstname.lastname@example.org; 617-552-8093|
|Edilma Hosein, Assistant Director; email@example.com; 617-526-2323|
|Michael Harris, Director, Learning Resources for Student-Athletes; firstname.lastname@example.org; 617-552-8533|
When the above resources are not able to assist with a student, faculty, staff, community inquiry, or for appeal related discussions for accommodation requests, Boston College's ADA/504 Coordinator, Patricia Lowe (email@example.com, 617-552-3334) should be contacted.
The resources below are to assist you in understanding the disability resources across campus. Please contact 617-552-2323 if you have any questions or are having trouble viewing/accessing the information on our page.
NRCPDS - The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services provides assistance in many areas such as: policy development, quality management, financial management services, participant involvement, data management and information systems.
Universal Design for Learning - BC is committed to being a leader in Universal Design by utilizing a universal design for learning framework to ensure all members of the BC community (students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and other visitors), including persons with disabilities, are able to engage and derive benefit from all instructional and technological resources that BC has available to offer.
Library Services - A catalogue of services provided by the BC library for persons with disabilities.
HCBS.org - Home and Community Based Services promotes the development and expansion of home and community-based services by gathering resources and tools for research, policy making, and research development into this one-stop website.
Reasonable Accommodation for People with Disabilities Process - In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act or 1973, Boston College will provide a reasonable accommodation to qualified people with disabilities (including special disabled veterans) to enable them to safely and effectively perform the essential functions of their positions, to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment whether as faculty, staff or student employees, or for applicants to participate in the employment application process.
Notice of Nondiscrimination - Boston College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Job Opportunities - Information about applying for positions at Boston College, as well as open positions for internal and external candidates.
Invitation to Self Identify for Veterans and People with Disabilities Upon hire, all faculty and staff are invited to self-identify as a Protected Veteran and/or a person with a disability as part of the BC affirmative action plan. Please visit the self-service area within PeopleSoft to update your status or you may complete the invitation to self identify formsand forward to Judy Ferres in order to ensure the information is kept confidential.
Career Services - Various links and resources for students differently abled.
Connors Family Learning Center - The Connors Family Learning Center provides special services and support for all students with learning disabilities and all who teach and/or advise students with learning disabilities.
Disability Services Office - The office ensures that students with disabilities receive support services and accommodation that permit equal access to all Boston College programs and the opportunity to realize their potential and develop effective self-advocacy skills.
Learning Resources for Student Athletes (LRSA) - LRSA offers multiple services to student-athletes in an effort to fulfill our mission. The majority of our services focus on the academic development of student-athletes.
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) - Resources and information on student internships, mentoring programs, workforce recruitment programs for college students with disabilities, and strategies for increasing employment opportunities within the small business community for individuals with disabilities.
Student Grievance Procedure for Students with Disabilities - Grievance policy for students with disabilities subjected to discrimination under any University program or activity.
Science Careers: Opening Doors for Scientist with Disabilities - Several programs are aiming to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in science and technology careers by removing barriers and changing attitudes.
Disability Services/Dean for Students Office at Boston College Law School - The Dean for Students Office at Boston College Law School has a variety of services and accommodations for students with physical limitations and learning challenges.
Online Accessibility a Faculty Duty - In a traditional classroom setting, a university or college’s disability services office typically coordinates a disabled student’s accommodation issues. But with the growth of online education, it is now largely the obligation of the instructors themselves to proactively design courses that are equally accessible to all students.
ADA.Gov - A government resource that outlines the Americans with Disabilities Act, its enforcement, Q &A, and more.
A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities - a report by the National Governors Association on employing individuals with disabilities and promoting self-disclosure as a person with a disability.
Career Resources Corporation - The CRC’s mission is to empower individuals with disabilities to be as self-sufficient, self-determining and as successful as possible. They help individuals with disabilities to explore their career opportunities - and they can help them obtain the right job for them whether that's through a direct employment opportunity or in our production and packaging facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
Disability Etiquette - Tips for interacting with people with disabilities, a publication from the United Spinal Association.
Disability Myths - A myth-busting fact book published by Work Without Limits
Disability.gov - A government resource concerning benefits, civil rights, employment, and more.
Employment & Training Administration's Disabilities Program - The disabilities Program develops and implements workforce disability policy and program initiatives to address structural, programmatic, and systemic employment challenges of persons with disabilities and multiple challenges to employment.
Institute for Community Inclusion - The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) promotes the full inclusion of people with disabilities in every area of society. They do this through training, research, consultation, and clinical and employment services.
Interviewing Candidates with Disabilities- An article on good practices for interviewing a job candidate with disabilities
JAN Webcast Rewind - A collection of webinars on disability etiquette, assistive technologies, management techniques, and the latest on accommodations and the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Each accessible Webcast is approximately one hour in length.
Jobs Without Limits - A free job board for job seekers with disabilities to connect with employers in Massachusetts.
MassResources.Org –A directory of different disability offices in Massachusetts.
Makoa.org - A long list of resources for persons with disabilities on everything from specially altered clothing, to modified video game controllers, and much more.
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs - The purpose of the OFCCP is to enforce, for the benefit of job seekers and wage earners, the contractual promise of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity required of those who do business with the Federal government. Know your rights!
Pacer.org – Tips on interviewing and if/when to disclose you have a disability.
The Employment & Disability Institute - EDI advances knowledge, policies, and practices to enhance the opportunities of people with disabilities through our projects, training, technical assistance, research, and publications.
The Forrester Research Inc. and Microsoft - a report on assistive technologies and corporate culture.
Work Without Limits - A public/private partnership committed to helping people with disabilities be active, independent members of the workforce.
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