Ian Moore’s job as the director of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at Ithaca College has gone through a significant change thanks to the college’s transition to a remote semester due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s a little like being a pastry chef, and instead of being asked to make 400 of the same type of cupcake, you’re being asked to make a $4,000 cake,” he said. “The three most common accommodations we provide for students are: note-taking, testing, and attendance. Usually, at this time of the semester, our staff is meeting with students back-to-back all day, working with them to ensure those types of accommodations are all in place. Now, we’re not doing those nearly as much. Instead, we’re all working to help navigate the major challenges of remote instruction.”
That work started long before the semester began, when SAS began talking with professors about inclusive, universal accommodations, such as allowing for extended time on a test, or adjusting its start time in Sakai.