Adam Meyer “Consideration of Complex Requests”

Speaker Bio: Adam Meyer

I am the Director of the Student Accessibility Services office and of Inclusive Education Services at the University of Central Florida with past experience at Eastern Michigan University and at Saint Louis University. I was part of a completed national US Department of Education grant that explored ways in which concepts of social justice could be more regularly and routinely incorporated into the operations of the disability services office. This grant project fell very much in line with how I have wanted to operate since entering the field.  I served on the Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Board of Directors and now serve on the AHEAD external review team for campus program evaluation.

I have presented at the past 10 AHEAD conferences on rethinking documentation, social model of disability and office implementation, effective initial student interviews, and various leadership and management strategies for disability office personnel. I love consulting with others on our work and would welcome the opportunity to connect with folks whether for a disability office/campus external review, a policy/procedure discussion or a complicated student access situation.

Presentation Description

When complex requests, such as extending deadlines for assignments, are presented to us, it can be difficult to know how to assess their reasonableness. Much time can be spent analyzing how to proceed. In the end, how do we know if the accommodation would actually address a barrier and provide access? We will explore this question and propose strategies for considering challenging requests. While the strategies are not meant to be a checklist that would turn complex requests into routine decisions, having a structured approach to considering requests can increase confidence in decision-making.