Disability Specialist
San Francisco Art Institute - San Francisco, CA

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TITLE: Disability Specialist

REPORTS TO: Dean of Students

STATUS: Part-Time, Academic Year

General Description:

The Disability Specialist, working with a clear understanding of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, coordinates access to accommodations and services for the San Francisco Art Institute students with disabilities Through comprehensive reviews of medical, psychological and technical evaluations of students' abilities, disabilities, and requests for reasonable accommodations, the Disability Specialist develops plans to support access to courses, programs, facilities, services and activities on campus.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Reviews disability documentation of functional limitation to determine eligibility for services and to substantiate requests for reasonable accommodations.
Assess the interaction of the student's disability with the academic environment and develops a plan for the provision of reasonable accommodations to facilitate equitable opportunities.
Maintains a current knowledge of assistive technologies, assessing their level of effectiveness in serving SFAI students, and implementing these technologies, as appropriate.
Coordinates communication between admissions, academic affairs, faculty, staff and prospective and enrolled students with disabilities and provides on-going consultation and technical assistance to faculty and staff to facilitate equal learning opportunities.
Working collaboratively with the Assistant Dean for Academic Success and the Accommodations Committee, provides information, referral, and support to prospective and enrolled students with disabilities.
Assists students in understanding their disabilities and their rights and responsibilities relating to reasonable accommodations.
Maintains strict confidentiality in verbal and written communications.
Maintains knowledge of current legislation and regulations, as well as national, state and local issues affecting access for students with disabilities.
Documents, maintains and reviews current and accurate case records, notes and related information in electronic and manual files for internal and external assessment purposes.
Delivers formal training to and provides technical consultations for faculty, staff, and students to promote awareness, sensitivity, and knowledge regarding access for students who receive accommodations.
Review, maintain, and update all publications of the Disability Services Office, including the DSO Handbook and website.
Participates on campus committees as assigned.


Masters Degree or higher with an emphasis in psychology, counseling, special or higher education, disability, or related field.
Thorough knowledge of federal laws relevant to work in this position, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
A minimum of three years working with adults with disabilities.
Strong written and verbal communications skills and the ability to problem solve and resolve conflicts.
A working knowledge of assistive computer technology.
Interest or activity in the arts highly preferred.

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