Field Experience Policies and Practices for Students with Disabilities


Wednesday, November 2


3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.


Rick Muthiah


  • What are your responses to the following questions?
  • Do your students communicate ahead of time to confirm access during an internship or other field experience? Do they even think about possible barriers?
  • Are your schools’ academic departments aware of potential barriers in site placements for internships, clinical experience, student teaching, or other off-campus academic experiences?
  • Who is responsible for accommodations when students are off campus – the host organization or your college/university?
  • Do agreements between your institution and placement sites address possible accommodations?

Our session will begin with an interactive look at legal guidance and best practice for field experience policies, followed by discussion of strategies for developing institutional partnerships that support success of our students. What departments (if any!) have policies in place to address accommodations during field experiences, and what departments need to develop policies? How might one initiate development of policies and practices in collaboration with faculty and administrators?
Participants will be asked to share their successes while considering how to adapt other institutions’ practices to fit one’s home institution. We will look at examples of several institutions’ policies to foster examination of our own policies (or lack thereof). Participants are invited to bring copies of their institution or department policies, along with questions, ideas, and strategies.

Presenter Bio(s)

Rick Muthiah is Director of Learning Support Services at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Rick is responsible for three primary areas:

  • The Academic Resource Center, which provides writing support, academic coaching, and tutoring
  • The Disability Services Office
  • Oversight of students at high risk of poor academic performance

George Fox has approximately 4000 students; 2300 traditional undergraduate students are enrolled at the Newberg Campus, with 1350 graduate and 350 professional studies students enrolled at the Newberg and other campuses. Rick has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University, an MA in Counseling from Ball State University, and a BS in Psychology/Systems Analysis from Taylor University. Rick served as President of the ORAHEAD board in 2006-2007.

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