Accessibility Specialist, Student Accessibility Services

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
23 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
23 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

The Opportunity

The Office of Provost seeks an incumbent for the position of Accessibility Specialist to be responsible for the administration of the operations and activities of the Student Accessibility Services ensuring it is in line with the stated goals, vision and mission of the division. Proactively promotes the awareness about the Student Accessibility Services to encourage the acceptance of physical disabilities students amongst the teaching community of Zayed University.  Provides educational support and social guidance for students with disabilities.

The Responsibilities

  • Establishes and maintains professionally appropriate criteria and procedures for determining eligibility of Zayed University students for disability accommodations and services.
  • Advises faculty and administrators of legal responsibilities and establishes procedures for compliance.
  • Provides support and inputs for strategic planning, and assistive technology equipment management—for the department.
  • Works to improve campus accessibility to ensure the safety of students with disabilities.
  • Provide assistive technology and Information Communication Technology assessment/ training   for students with physical disabilities to ensure independent access to education.
  • Maintains a confidential and secure database of all students with physical disabilities and creates reports for the management, when required.
  • Serves on committees as deemed appropriate and represents the department at university functions and engages in special projects, as requested.
  • Visits schools to promote the Student Accessibility Services Department to encourage students with physical disabilities to join Zayed University.
  • Introduce prospective students, parents and faculty to the services available at the Student Accessibility Services Department.
  • Develops a motivational plan for students with physical disabilities which includes orientation and mobility training to help them adjust to the university environment to ensure their safe and independence.
  • Designs and delivers training on Assistive Technology (including computer software) and its uses, for students with physical disabilities and faculty.
  • Updates and maintain devices, equipment, and software at all times.
  • Liaises with faculty members and other departments to ensure the delivery of curriculum to students with physical disabilities in an accessible format which is based on students’ specific learning styles.
  • Provide training and orientation for instructors about the educational needs of students with physical disabilities.
  • Provide support for the teachers to meet curriculum objectives.  
  • Adapt classroom and printed material by producing alternative accessible formats for students with physical disabilities.  
  • Provide evaluation for students with physical disabilities and decide on the proper accommodation.  
  • Follow up on the progress of students with physical disabilities throughout the academic year.   

The Requirements

  • A minimum of 4 years of experience with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Special Education, Information Technology or related field, or an equivalent combination.
  • Relevant professional experience in administering services for individuals with physical disabilities to include identifying and implementing student accommodations, is also required.

Other essential requirements:

  • Demonstrated understanding of UAE disabilities laws.
  • Demonstrated understanding of developmental issues facing university students from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of disability assessment, accommodations, services and assistive technologies.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills; strong planning and facilitation skills.

The Benefits

The University’s benefits package is highly attractive, with competitive salaries free of tax in the U.A.E., Cash housing, a furniture allowance, annual vacation airline tickets for the employee and immediate family, educational subsidies for children and healthcare is provided to the employee and sponsored family members.

To Apply

In addition to completing the online application form, attach a cover letter, a current CV, and the names and contact details of three professional references.

While we appreciate all applications, you will be contacted only if you are selected for an interview.

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