Disability Services is committed to making reasonable, effective and appropriate accommodations to meet the needs of students with disabilities and help create a barrier free campus. Faculty members are poised to play a critical role in assisting in the removal of barriers for students with disabilities, and are often called upon to provide classroom accommodations directly. Each student who is eligible for an ADA accommodation and is registered with Disability Services may request academic adjustments. Accommodations are determined by consultation between students and their Consumer Managers on an individual basis.
Specific examples of accommodations an instructor can provide are:
- implement universal design principles in the planning of course instruction.
- organize distraction reduced settings and extended time for exams for your class.
assist DS in securing a volunteer student note taker from the class for students registered with DS and eligible for notes as an accommodation, at the start of the semester.
- DS offers the incentive of 45 hours of community service credit or 1 academic practicum P/F credit for their efforts.
- list text and media materials and syllabi on SPIRE well in advance of the start of classes, (preferably when preparing for registration) including ISBN numbers
- make room for an interpreter(s) at the front of the class, in the sight line of the student.
- wear a lapel mic when requested for communication access and restate questions posed from the class.
- use the captioning option on all films or recorded media. Make sure all media shown publicly on a website is captioned. If you have a student in class who needs captions as an accommodation make sure all media in class, online or in assignments is closed captioned. If captions are not available, have the media captioned by a vendor.
- prepare visual media files in advance of your class. When you have a Blind/Low vision student in class who need audio descriptions as an accommodation, all visual media files must have audio descriptions utilized. If audio descriptions are not available, have the media audio described by a vendor.
agree to sign off on requests for audio or visual recordings of a class for the full inclusion of a student's accommodation need.
- DS can provide a contract documenting that the student may not share or post class content, hinder the instructors access to copyright or a classmates right to participation.
- provide clean text information for scanning to alternate formats.
- allow for flexibility when students must take exams at the proctoring center, particularly for night exams that must be taken during the day.
- familiarize oneself on how to make accessible course materials. Here are a few resources: The Accessible Classroom: Content, The Accessible Classroom: Assistive Technology.
- understand that due to a limited amount of accessible classroom space available on campus, particularly large auditoriums, classes may need to be moved with little advance notice to accommodate a need and communicating the room change to their students in a timely manner.