Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandate that students with learning, physical or other types of disabilities receive services to allow an equal experience in education. The Disability Resource Center is the central area for these free services.
Disability Resource Center recommends the following information for inclusion on your syllabus:
Students with disabilities have the right to choose when to identify themselves as a person with a disability and request accommodations from a professor. While our office tells all DRC students to do this in the first two weeks of classes, they are not required to do so.
The DRC student should email you a copy of the Authorized Academic Accommodations Form that their DRC Counselor has completed. You can contact the student’s DRC Counselor, as indicated on the Authorized Academic Accommodations Form, with any questions regarding accommodations. If a student indicates that they are a student with a disability and that they need accommodations, ask them to email you their Authorized Academic Accommodations Form.
Alternate media refers to the translation of print and/or electronic media into another form, e.g. enlargement, e-text, or Braille. Our office can assist with requests for materials in alternate media. You can also email the DRC at email@example.com with any questions about alternate media production.
Typically in a face-to-face class, a notetaker is a student in your class who takes notes using special notebooks available through the DRC. However, with the move to remote and online instruction, students who are authorized for a notetaker as an accommodation will need an alternative method for note taking assistance. This may include sharing your PowerPoint slides, posting your lecture notes, providing a copy of your notes, or audio recording a Zoom lecture and emailing it to the student (see attached guide). Please contact DRC if you have questions about note taking assistance in your class.
Many students with disabilities are authorized for test taking accommodations. These will be indicated on the Authorized Academic Accommodations Form that the student or DRC Staff will email to you. If you would like to confirm a student’s authorized testing accommodations, you may contact the DRC Test Proctoring Center. Instructors are able to set test taking times for specific students within Canvas (see attached Canvas Accommodation guide). Students who require a reader or writer as a test taking accommodation have been advised to contact the DRC at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in obtaining reader and writer software to use with online content.
All videos and PowerPoint presentations with audio must contain accurate captions. Links to 3rd party content, such as YouTube videos or documents, must be accurate. Here are some captioning tips:
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All instructional materials must be accessible in accordance with legal mandates.
DRC students with note-taking accommodations indicated on their Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP) are legally entitled to utilize note-taking during online courses, if needed. Online note-taking look different among asynchronous and synchronous courses. Please refer to the DRC office to inquire if your online pedagogical approach requires note-taking assistance. Student input will clarify the need for note-taking assistance.
DRC students with lecture recording accommodations indicated on their Academic Accommodation Plan are legally entitled to record lectures If needed. Online lecture recording looks different among asynchronous and synchronous courses. Please refer to the DRC office to inquire if your online pedagogical approach requires lecture recording. Student input will clarify the need for lecture recording. The majority of lecture recording will be audio recordings. It is best-practice to video record lectures that are visual in nature (i.e., ASL, CTE, Practicum courses) if the student is approved for lecture recording as an accommodation. Video recording should fall within the parameters of student confidentially by limited the recording to the lecture content and not other students in the course.
DRC students who are Deaf and hard of hearing (D/hh) are legally entitled to utilize interpreting and captioning services during online courses if needed. Online interpreting and captioning services look different among asynchronous and synchronous courses. Please refer to the DRC office to inquire if your online pedagogical approach requires interpreting and/or captioning services. Student input will clarify the need for interpreting and/or captioning services.
Any audio content (e.g., MP3s, Zoom recorded sessions, Screen-o-matic sessions) has to meet 508 standards.
D/hh students may request interpreting services for audio recorded content, in addition to accessibility standards.
If needed, work with the DRC office to ensure an interpreting request has been made via the Sign Language Interpreter Request form Work with Sarah Phinney, to add DRC Interpreter Observer to Canvas shell so interpreters have access to review course content – this enhances the interpretation for D/hh students.
Interpreters and/or captioners should be provided for D/hh students during any live course discussions (i.e., Zoom sessions, Facebook Live, etc). If needed, work with the DRC office to ensure an interpreting request has been made via the Sign Language Interpreter Request form Work with Sarah Phinney to add DRC Interpreter Observer to Canvas shell so interpreters have access to review course content – this enhances the interpretation for D/hh students.
If note-taking is required, ensure D/hh student has note-taking assistance – they cannot see interpreter and take notes simultaneously OR you can record Zoom session and ensure it is accurately transcribed and provided to D/hh student.
Visual material will assist: Share screen, utilize PPTs, pictures, etc.
Ensure zoom screen visibility is granted to D/hh students’ and interpreter – they will need to visually see each other to actively participate Zoom screen sharing among all is recommended – please consider the security of Zoom sessions.
Accommodations DRC students with testing accommodations indicated on their Academic Accommodation Plan are legally entitled to utilize testing accommodations during online courses, if needed. Please refer to the DRC office to inquire if your online pedagogical approach requires testing accommodations. Student input will clarify the need for accommodations during exams.
Student Provides AAP to instructor at the start of the semester or time of need.•Student requests testing accommodations at Testing Center for each exam.
Testing Center works with instructor to facilitate proctoring.
Student provides AAP to instructor at the start of the semester or time of need.
Exams via Canvas: Instructor extends exam time for student.
Exams not given via Canvas: Instructor allows extension on allotted exam time.
Instructors allows students one hour to complete exam.
Student has 1.5X extended exam time as accommodation – Instructor extends Canvas exam to one and a half hours.
Student has 2X extended exam time as accommodation – Instructor extends Canvas exam to two hours.
Instructor allows students 24 hours to complete on- hour exam on Canvas
No accommodation is given for this
DRC students will have to complete their 1.5X or 2X extended exam accommodation within the allotted 24-hour time frame
Email your class a friendly reminder to reach out to you if they would like to use their accommodations or you can reach out to DRC students individually to inquire
Be available for questions during allotted exam time and time frame to complete exam
Refer students to DRC if they requests academic accommodations with short notice – subjective to a reasonable time frame to set-up accommodations
Reduced distraction environment – this is difficult to monitor from home. The student will need to manage a quiet space for themselves Scribe – the student needs a scribe. Perhaps a family member can assist and this can be proctored via a Zoom recording. Another option is the student can Zoom record their answers/response
Scan and read – the student needs the exam digitally read to them. Connect with Fernando Roman to work on a readable version of the exam. Final projects or assignments are not considered final exams. If DRC students are requesting extended time on assignments, refer them to DRC.
DRC virtual contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 559-791-2215