University of Rochester Disability Specialist in Rochester, New York


Full Time 40 hours Grade 052 Office of Disability Resources


8 AM-5 PM


Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director of the Office of Disability Resources, the disability specialist will be primarily responsible for ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Acts as Amended (ADAA) and the New York State Human Rights Law for students with disabilities enrolled in School of Medicine and Dentistry's Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs. This position will also ensure compliance with relevant federal laws for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities enrolled on the River Campus.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Trainee and Student Service

  • With considerable independence, performs a complex analysis of an individual's disability status and subsequent reasonable accommodations. Assesses needs through individual conferences and review of trainees' and students' auditory, medical, educational, and neuropsychological reports.
  • Establishes and maintains the implementation of appropriate academic adjustments for students with disabilities
  • Independently coordinates the implementation of federally mandated communication access plans for members of the campus community who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Continuously assess, evaluate, and monitor contracted ASL interpreters' skill sets and evaluate their performance
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with relevant providers and agencies
  • Provides ASL consultation as necessary
  • Collaborates with other University offices to coordinate services. Work with outside agencies (e.g., offices of vocational rehabilitation, interpreting agencies) in order to secure funding and other forms of support as appropriate.
  • Supervises support staff responsible for implementing accommodations

Administrative Oversight

  • Creates and maintains accurate trainee and student records according to professional industry (AHEAD) standards
  • Responsible for forecasting expenditures for ASL interpreting, CART, C-print and/or other services. Reconciles accommodation budget monthly.
  • Collects and analyzes data relating to trainee and student populations and accommodation usage and makes recommendations for institutional changes accordingly.


  • • Presents educational and legal requirements to UR programs and offices that pertain to deaf and hard of hearing trainees and students.
  • • Provides disability consultation to other members of the University staff regarding accommodations required for trainees and students with disabilities.
  • Attends and participates in departmental, College, SMD, and community professional meetings to keep abreast of University activities and to share new developments as appropriate
  • Maintains a thorough knowledge about disabilities, inclusion, and universal instructional design
  • Maintains professional certifications by reading and attending seminars, workshops, and conferences

Other duties as assigned


  • Master's degree with major coursework in rehabilitation counseling, special education, communicative disorders, counseling, or closely related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • RID/NIC certification required
  • Minimum of three years of related work experience or any equivalent combination of experience, training, and education
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with clear attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Experience working with interpreting service agencies or ACCES-VR
  • Experience working with students or trainees with disabilities in higher education setting

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Disability Specialist

Location: The College

Job ID: 211941

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time