Providing Invisible Accommodations: Faculty Perceptions of Student Accessibility Needs

David Wilson

Assistant Coordinator of Leadership Development and Programming, Missouri State University

SAHE Symposium '19The purpose of this basic qualitative study is to investigate the perceptions of Missouri State University (MSU) faculty regarding the accessibility needs of students with disabilities. The intent of this study was to determine the perceptions of MSU faculty with regard to providing accessible course material for students with disabilities in order to gain insight into the issues that prevent faculty from creating more accessible courses. The theory this research stands on is the Social Model of Disability. The Social Model of Disability looks at the student not as disabled, but that the society surrounding the student is inaccessible. This research is heavily based around faculty education on Universal Design principles (UD). UD principles are used to create accessible spaces (physical and online) for people who are disabled and abled. The findings of this research have been that faculty at Missouri State University perceive a lack of education, perceive education on UD as not an expectation, and perceive a lack of professional conversation about accessibility.