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Accessibility Overview

The Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL), Information Technology Services (ITS), and the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) work together to satisfy accessibility requirements for instructional materials, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and individual student accommodations requests. This page provides an overview of accessibility resources and their interplay for new faculty members. CETL is the primary contact for accessibility best practices for faculty. On the CETL website, you will find resources around Ally for faculty along with workshops on creating accessible instructional materials.

Proactive Accessibility

When selecting articles, creating documents, or placing information within your course on Canvas you must be aware of accessibility best practices to ensure your material is accessible to all students. There are several accessibility resources available to faculty, in the Canvas LMS, the Ally tool provides feedback on the accessibility of digital content. If you require the remediation of inaccessible digital content, utilize the services below:

  • Video Caption Request: If you require captions for your in-class videos, you can request them via this service.
  • Document Remediation Request: If you discover inaccessible documents within your course, and you are not the author, you can utilize this service to have the document remediated.

Student Accommodations

If a student in your class requests an in-class accommodation, OSD will notify you prior to the start of the semester via email. This "Notification of Academic Support Services" outlines the specifics and has actionable items for faculty to follow. If a student asks you for accommodation you should refer them to OSD. Refer to the information page on the OSD website for more information. Ensure that you have an accommodation statement as part of your class syllabus, below is an example accommodation statement:

"This course is intended for all students. If you require an accommodation to fully participate in this course please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities via email at [email protected]"