Access is a University-wide responsibility requiring active participation of instructors and, often, collaboration with Disability Resources (DRC) and the disabled student.
Listed below are institutionally-supported, minimum steps all instructors should take to create a more accessible and inclusive learning experience for all students.
DRC staff is available to provide support and/or consult about information provided above. Contact us at 520-621-3268 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Include the required syllabus statement for access on all course syllabi
- Ensure Sign Language Interpreters or CART writers have appropriate seating in the classroom
- Accessible Transportation is available for field trips as requested
- Partner with DRC to ensure all student assessments are accessible. Options include:
- coordinating accommodations yourself within the classroom, office or department
- arranging for DRC to administer classroom exams with accommodations
- designing student assessment activities that minimize the need for accommodations.
- D2L Exams:
- Do not use the option for disabling “copy/pasting” of the exam content – this is inaccessible for assistive technology users.
- Consider expanding amount of time allowed on an exam for all students to eliminate need to modify time for individuals
- Currently, modification to an exam time has to be changed on each individual exam, for each individual student with time extension as an accommodation
- Post class notes on an accessible course Website, D2L OR assist students in locating a volunteer classmate to provide notes
Accessible Course Content
- Identify your course readings and schedule early to allow time for creation of accessible materials
- Post accessible materials to course Websites or D2L
- Create Accessible PDF documents to ensure content accessible with assistive technologies and mobile devices
- Re-download articles from Journals – many are now an accessible format
- Ensure an electronic version of the text is accessible for assistive technologies and possibly mobile devices
- Check with vendors about accessibility of pre-packaged/third-party software used for homework solutions, assignments, assessments, etc.
- Includes lecture capture, pre-recorded videos and third party videos. When requesting streaming videos from the UA Library, request captioned versions.
- Use the pre-designed templates in PowerPoint (i.e. don’t choose a blank slide and insert text boxes )
- If PDF is preferred for posting, consider post the PowerPoint files as well
- Allows students to print many slides on one page
- Students using assistive technologies can access the text
- For charts/graphs follow the textbook example: describe the concept/reason for the image along with displaying the image