Utah Valley University
The Accessibility Services Accessibility Specialist plays a pivotal role in supporting students with disabilities by providing assistance that goes beyond the basic requirements. Guide students through the process of applying for and renewing accommodations, explain how accommodations function, educate students on their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and aid the department in engaging all UVU students in need of accommodation support.
Summary of Responsibilities
Foster an inclusive and accessible environment for students with disabilities. Within Accessibility Services, assist students with disabilities in understanding the process of applying for and renewing accommodations, clarifying their understanding of accommodations and how they work, and educating students about their rights and responsibilities under ADA. Occasional evening/weekend work required.
In consultation with supervisor and/or counseling team, approve temporary ADA accommodations for students based on the interactive process, including review of disability documentation, history of accommodations, student report, and professional judgment. Evaluate individual student's access barriers and apply disability research and case law to higher education as necessary to determine appropriate accommodations.
Collaborate with the Support Services team to develop, plan and execute events and activities to increase awareness of services and facilitate student referrals through continued cultivation of partnerships and marketing of services including training, resource fair attendance, and regular outreach.
Record professional case notes to document interactions with students, faculty and staff, update various sensitive records and databases, and prepare a range of administrative reports, including routine data analysis and calculations.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Graduation from an accredited institution with a bachelor's degree in Education, Psychology, Special Education or a related area or a combination of education and experience totaling four years.
Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities
Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990).
Knowledge of best practices in accessibility, accommodation services, and assistive technology.
Familiar with assistive technology and adaptive equipment
Familiar with academic accommodations for a variety of disabilities/diverse students
Familiar with temporary medical conditions which may create barriers for a student in an educational environment
Skilled in the use of technology such as Microsoft Office (word processing, excel, power points), virtual meeting software such as TEAMS, and the ability to learn new/emerging technology and software.
Ability to work with students, faculty, and staff to problem-solve, work collaboratively, and resolve access issues.
Ability to stay current in best practices in the field of accessibility services in higher education.
Ability to work occasional evening or weekend hours.
Ability to use professional judgment to determine and approve reasonable accommodations, including accessible technology for students and visitors. Ability to instruct, manage, and motivate students
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
UVU employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicant's qualifications and ability to perform the job without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
Salary Range: $37000 - $46000