As we move to an online mode, the barriers that exist at the intersection of a student’s disability and course design may be different from the original course format. Some accommodations students used before may no longer apply to online formats, and some accommodations not considered previously may need to be considered now. Please keep in mind that students can request accommodations at any point during the semester, so a student who did not have an accommodation plan in your class prior to the campus moving online may request one now.
If students are experiencing a barrier in a course and want to discuss additional accommodations, please contact the Office of Accommodation via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (315) 267-3267.
Faculty: please be aware that you must make sure that students with disabilities in your classes have the same access, at the same time, as does everyone else. However, this is not the time to be focused on perfect Universal Design (everything fully accessible for everyone, from the beginning, in case someone with a disability might need it.) At this time, we must make absolutely sure that those who DO need the accessibility have it -- fully and in a timely manner.
For more detailed information on how to support your students with disability in remote/online environments, read this Tips and Best Practices for Online Accommodations (PDF). It will provide some common issues and guidance which you may find useful over the next few weeks.
Below are specific accommodations that your student may have based on the accommodation plan that was emailed to you earlier this semester and tips for how to continue to provide those accommodations in the new online environment.
If professors use timed quizzes/exams via Moodle, they will need to extend (or remove) the time limit for individual students according to the accommodation plan. This document (PDF) provides the step by step directions for how to add extended time on Moodle.
Distraction Reduced Environment:
Students will already be removed from on-campus distractions. If their home environment is not conducive to testing, they should seek out alternate locations (e.g. quiet café, etc.).
We have an online platform for this accommodation: Kurzweil 3000 , which can be utilized anywhere with an internet connection. Students with this accommodation already have access to the platform.
Computer/Spell Checker for Essay/Short Response:
Students should utilize their personal computers and Microsoft Word online (via Office 365) for this purpose.
Students should utilize a personal calculator or the calculator function on another device.
Students with this accommodation are already utilizing the Speech-to-Text function in Microsoft Word, which is available to all students online through Office 365.
Exam Reader Pen:
This is used for in-class exams only. Our test reader platform is a sufficient, remote alternative (see above).
For live or recorded lectures online, note takers would still be made available and share their notes via email (as they already do).
Access to Lecture Materials:
Most lecture materials will now be online and accessible to all students, but if faculty do not share all materials with the entire class, they should continue to provide these materials (via email) for students with this accommodation.
If faculty utilize live, streaming lectures they should also record those lectures and provide the recording to students with this accommodation. Faculty should reach out to the CCI for assistance in making these recordings.
All remote materials would need to be in electronic form, which will allow students to use the zoom function to view in larger format.
Flexible Attendance for Health Issues:
Many course interactions will now be asynchronous, but faculty should maintain their flexible attendance arrangements for students with this accommodation for any activity that needs to occur at a specified time.
Breaks for Sensory Issues:
Some students are allowed breaks from classroom activities due to sensory issues. Again, many course interactions will now be asynchronous (allowing for students to take breaks), but faculty should maintain these break arrangements for students with this accommodation for any activity that needs to occur at a specified time.
Extension on Lengthy Assignments:
Students must discuss extensions with the faculty member in advance and are generally provided a one to three-day extension. This practice should continue and be reflected in any Moodle deadlines.
If the format and/or expectations for a course were to change drastically as a result of an emergency, students and faculty should consult with the Coordinator for Accommodative Services, Jessica Burnett, to discuss alternatives to meet the conditions of their accommodation plans. In extreme circumstances, it may be necessary to utilize the campus’s incomplete grading option to allow students sufficient time and opportunity to complete the course.