Accessibility, disability, and accommodations
Over the past many years, Grinnell has made great progress in providing an accessible and supportive environment for students, faculty, and staff. Each of us has a role in continuing that improvement, and many of us have benefited from them as well.
See Grinnell's College Policies for policies relating to nondiscrimination, disabilities, privacy, and confidentiality, among others.
If you are:
- Faculty or staff and need an accommodation, contact the ADA coordinator. You will need to complete a request for accommodations.
- A student employed by the College and need accommodations for your employment, you can contact the ADA coordinator or the coordinator for disability resources; either can help you.
Refer to the Staff Handbook (login required), Appendix III, for policies regarding accommodations for employees of the College, also shown below:
- Accommodation Policy for Employees (PDF) Appendix III
- Reasonable Accommodation Request Form (PDF) Appendix A
- Health Care Provider Release Form (PDF) Appendix B
- Disability Medical Documentation (PDF) Appendix C
Please see the following for additional information about accommodations available to employees:
- Dining accommodations for visitors and guests
- Library accommodations
- Accessible (Handicap) Parking (at the bottom of the page)
- Service Animal Policy and Registration
- Emergency Plan for Persons with Disabilities
In addition, the campus has an accessible van.
Providing Accommodations/Accessible Services
For Documents and Media
If you produce media — such as documents, spreadsheets, or pdfs — you need to make them accessible. If you need training, review these Lynda.com courses. Grinnell College offers Lynda.com accounts for students, faculty, and staff.
- Creating Accessible PDFs gives background about accessible documents and creating them for Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign
- Creating Accessible Microsoft Office Documents gives background about accessible documents and creating them for Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
- Foundations of UX: Accessibility gives background and tips on making websites accessible
For guidance on making your videos and audio accessible, contact:
- Assistive Technology for media used in an academic setting.
- Communications for media that will be provided to the public.
If you are hosting an event, see the Event Planner's Accessibility Checklist (located under the "College Calendar" section) for important information on what you're responsible for doing and providing, and how to do so effectively.
Also see the resources under "For Personal Interactions" below.