The Student Accessibility Services Office is responsible for providing academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities enrolled in the division of arts, sciences, and engineering. In providing and determining eligibility for accommodations, Student Accessibility Services Office fulfills the university's legal responsibilities under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended. To request academic accommodations, students must submit documentation to Student Accessibility Services, which determines eligibility for services and reasonable forms of accommodation according to the student's needs. Student Accessibility Services provides accommodations such as alternative-format textbooks, note-takers, distraction-free exam conditions, tutors, academic counseling, and various forms of assistive technology. The department also hires, coordinates, and supervises specialized consultants such as cart reporters and sign-language interpreters. Student Accessibility Services educates and informs faculty of their obligations and responsibilities to students with disabilities and serves as a single-entry point for students on the Medford campus who require accommodations to their co-curricular student life, including residential life and dining-related accommodations in collaboration with other offices to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to facilities and activities on campus.
The Accessibility Services and Assistive Technology Specialist is a holistic position requiring multiple skill sets. The individual in this role provides direct service to students with disabilities in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. Responsibilities include intake meetings, accommodation implementation, auxiliary support services, as well as consultation and training related to assistive technology, and ensuring that course websites and materials are accessible to students with disabilities.
Basic Requirements: Knowledge and experience typically acquired by:
Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in special education, rehabilitation counseling, occupational therapy, higher education, Education, Information Technology, Information Systems or related field.
1 year of experience working with college students with disability services.
Experience supporting students with assistive technology needs.
Demonstrated working knowledge of assistive technologies such as computer voice synthesis, electronic text systems, CART, digital voice recording devices, audiobooks (i.e. AMAC) CCTV, adaptive devices, braille equipment, networked printers and highspeed scanners, notetaking software, and the theories, principles, and practices guiding their use.
Ability to work collaboratively and independently with professional staff members and faculty. Responds to inquiries in a timely, thorough, and respectful manner.
Thorough understanding of Sections504 & 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAA).
Knowledge of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), particularly as those guidelines applies to higher education.
Knowledge and experience working with Learning Management Systems. Strong technical aptitude and ability to research & solve complex issues independently.
Excellent oral, written, presentation and communication skills.
Experience with Accommodate database management systems preferred.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: Student Services
Organization: Office-Dean Undergraduate Ed
Employee Status: Regular Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Oct 31, 2019, 6:40:24 PM
Internal Number: 19001966
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