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Disability Services Faculty & Staff Helpful Tips

BEFORE CLASS

When you visit with textbook representatives ask about the availability of alternate textbook formats.  Find out what teaching resources are available.  

When preparing course materials, review class handouts, projects, and web links for accessibility and alternate formats.

Include a statement on each course syllabus indicating the procedure for requesting accommodations.

Caption your videos; newly produced videos may be required by law to be captioned.  Disability Services can assist you in this process.  Call ext. 3004 for assistance.

Visit the SFA Disability Services Teaching Tools site to get teaching tips for, use with all students including students with disabilities.

 

DURING THE CLASS

For the first two class days, announce how a student can obtain special accommodations for your class.  (Send the student to Disability Services Room 325, Human Services, to obtain appropriate forms.)

When talking with a student about any disability-related issue, maintain confidentiality by utilizing your office or meeting behind a closed door.

Do not identify a student with a disability or the nature of their disability in front of others. 

Meet with a student individually to discuss their Special Accommodations Request form. Discuss with the student how accommodations will be provided throughout the semester.

Utilize, and be responsive to, the use of adaptive equipment/technology or modifications that will facilitate effective communication for persons with disabilities.


Web technology should be accessible to all students.  Determine if screen readers can access your web site. Many times, "bells and whistles" on the web are inaccessible to screen readers used by students with disabilities. For on-campus assistance related to web technology issues contact the Office of Instructional Technology at ext. 1451, or the university's web master.  Other informational resources on this topic include: www.cast.org and www.w3.org.

Special programming is needed for creating accessible math on the web.  To find out more about a variation of HTML called, MathML, view the following link www.w3.org/math/.

 

OUT OF THE CLASSROOM

Is your office wheelchair accessible?  If not identify an alternate location to meet with the student.
Integrate accessibility issues into the planning process for departmental facilities, programs, activities, and services.

Non-academic program publications, brochures, etc., should indicate that alternate formats are available upon request.

Grant Writing?  Think about accessibility/ADA issues when developing your grant budgets. (i.e.: video captioning, physical accessibility, interpreters for presentations)

Field trip sites on and off-campus should be evaluated for accessibility.  Transportation should also be accessible if being provided by the department for all field trip participants.  Please contact Disability Services if you have concerns about your field location.

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