Faculty & Staff Accessibility Resources
Welcome to the Office of Accessibility Services for Faculty and Staff!
Location: The Office of Accessibility Services is located in the 2nd floor of Keiss Library, Room 201
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Kelly Kiefer, Director of Student Accessibility Services
215-646-7300, ext. 21014
Erik Azzarano, Testing Coordinator
215-646-7300, ext. 21463
Gwynedd Mercy University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, national origin, religion, sex or disability in the administration of its educational, admission, scholarship or loan policies.
Accessibility Resources for Faculty & Staff
Here you will find a number of resource links, necessary documentation, and guided directions for making your courses or environment accessible for everyone. Get started by checking out our Accessibility Quick-Tips guide and our Overview of Universal Design for Learning.
Students with accommodations may choose to take their tests or other assessments through the Testing Center.
Mindfulness and meditation can have a positive impact on both our mental and physical health. Learn more about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation from these links.
- Help Guide: Benefits of Mindfullness
- Mindful: Healthy Mind, Healthy Life
- Very Well Mind: What is Mindfullness Meditation?
Here are some apps to help you learn and practice meditation in your daily life. These links go to websites with information about the app, but to download the app, go to the App Store or Google Play Store on your phone or tablet and search for it.
The following guides were created for technologies regularly used or readily available to the Gwynedd Community. A Gwynedd Mercy email address is required to access them. These guides go over different methods for making your class and your material more accessible.
- Desktop Versions
- Web Versions
Universal Design is the proactive, rather than reactive, approach to disabilities and accessibility. By designing an environment, physical or intellectual, that is universally accessible to everyone, you limit the need for accommodations and allow everyone, regardless of a disability, to benefit. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is how Universal Design fits into the classroom and higher education. You can start by watching this short 3-minute video from AHEAD for an introduction to UDL: What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
- Faculty Focus – UDL: A Powerful Framework
- A short article on the faculty perspective of UDL
- The UDL Guidelines
- Learn about the three key features of UDL: Engagement, Representation, and Action & Expression
- The 7 Principles of Universal Design
- Learn more about the main principles that help define what Universal Design is.
- Universal Design on Campus
- Learn more about how Universal Design fits into Higher Education.
- University of Washington: Disabilities, Opportunities, Interworking, and Technology (DO-IT)
- The University of Washington provide training and resources to students and educators through their DO-IT Center. It promotes awareness of accessibility and empowers people with disabilities through technology.