This workshop will help faculty and staff understand the role of Emotional Support Animals on campus as well as the laws that mandate their inclusion as an accommodation for some students with disabilities. The presentation includes information on Plymouth State’s ESA policy, and addresses questions and concerns that may arise as Emotional Support Animals become a presence in our community.
As a community, Plymouth State strives to create an inclusive environment for all students. Each year, more students with autism spectrum disorders enroll at our university, and national trends indicate this population will continue to grow. Students with ASD enrich our learning and residential community, while carrying with them unique needs for academic and social supports. This presentation provides an overview of how having ASD impacts an individual’s college experience, as well as tools and methods for accommodating our students on the spectrum.