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Faculty Resources 

 

UConn is committed to help guide faculty and teaching professionals, including teaching assistants, in producing accessible teaching material and content for students with disabilities. The following resources are intended to inform and provide guidance to faculty and teaching professionals, including teaching assistants. 

Captioning

Captions are text versions of the audio content, synchronized with the video. They are essential for ensuring your video is accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. They also help non-native English speakers to understand the video, make it possible to search for content within the video, help all students learn the spelling of technical terms spoken in the video, and make it possible to generate an interactive transcript where users can click anywhere in the transcript to watch the video where that text is spoken.

There are two general approaches to captioning video:

  • Do it yourself. There are free tools available online that make it possible and easy to caption your own video. 
  • Third party service provider. UConn has contracted with 3PlayMedia for captioning services. This includes integrations with YouTube, Kaltura, Mediasite, and other platforms.  To utilize 3PlayMedia for captioning services refer to http://www.3playmedia.com/uconn/. Technical questions regarding captioning may be directed to Academic IT at ait@uconn.edu.

Creating Accessible Documents

When creating content, there are a few basic steps that should be followed in order to assure your content is accessible. The core steps needed for accessibility are the same regardless of whether your document is in HTML, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, or another document format:

  • Use headings
  • Use lists
  • Add alternate text to images
  • Identify document language
  • Create accessible tables
  • Export documents to other formats while maintaining accessibility

 

Resources

National Center on Disability and Access to Education Accessibility Cheatsheets

Creating Accessible Documents - PDF (WebAIM)

Creating Accessible Tables - (WebAIM)

Adobe Accessibility

Create and Verify PDF Accessibility - Adobe Acrobat Pro

Faculty / Teaching Professionals Responsibilities Regarding Student Accommodations

The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is vested by the University with the authority to determine whether an accommodation should be provided to a student.  In making a decision whether to approve an accommodation, the CSD engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews each request for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case and course-by-course basis.  The CSD collaborates with students and their faculty to coordinate approved accommodations and services. 

 

If a faculty member or other teaching professional, including a teaching assistant, believes an approved accommodation constitutes a fundamental alteration of the class objectives or program technical standards, they should contact the student’s Disability Services Provider (DSP) identified in the student’s accommodation letter immediately at (860) 486-2020 or csd@uconn.edu.

 

Further information on the rights and responsibilities of faculty and teaching professionals, including teaching assistants, regarding academic accommodations is available through the CSD Rights and Responsibilities webpage.

Instructional Strategies

The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) collaborates with faculty, Teaching Assistants (TA) and other teaching professionals to coordinate a wide-range of academic accommodations and provides resources and instructional strategies for teaching students with disabilities. 

 

Refer to the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for further information. 

 

Universal Design

UConn Universal Design for Instruction Module

University of Washington Applications of Universal Design in Postsecondary Education 

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is any product, equipment or system that improves learning, working and daily living for individuals with disabilities. CSDTech within the Center for Students with Disabilities provides and trains students on using AT as an approved accommodation and/or to enhance the learning process. For further information, please refer to the CSDTech webpage (http://csd.uconn.edu/csdtech/) or contact the CSDTech team at (860) 486-2020 or csdtech@uconn.edu

 

Resources

Accessibility and Incorporating Technology

Room Relocation

In cases where classroom space is not functional as related to a disability, a faculty member may have a class relocated as a disability related workplace accommodation. Faculty seeking a workplace accommodation should contact the ADA Accommodations Case Manager, Ryan Bangham at 860-486-2036 or via e-mail at ryan.bangham@uconn.edu for further assistance. Faculty should also be aware, at times, a class may need to be relocated due to a student's disability. This is coordinated through the Center for Students with Disabilities in collaboration with the Registrar’s Office

Syllabus Statement

The following statement regarding students with disabilities is recommended to be included in a class syllabus:

 

The University of Connecticut is committed to protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities and assuring that the learning environment is accessible.  If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability or pregnancy, please let me know immediately so that we can discuss options. Students who require accommodations must contact the Center for Students with Disabilities, Wilbur Cross Building Room 204, (860) 486-2020, or http://csd.uconn.edu/.

 

Refer to the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning website for other Syllabus Policy Statements.

Website Development

As part of the Universal Website Accessibility Policy, faculty and staff developing websites have a responsibility to ensure their website(s) is accessible to people with disabilities. Refer to University Information Technology Services (UITS) for assistance regarding website development. 

 

Web Accessibility Tools and Resources

UConn Aurora Accessibility Guide

UConn Brand Standards: Accessibility

WordPress Accessibility

WebAIM Quick Reference: Web Accessibility Principles

WebAIM Introduction to Web Accessibility

WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool)

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0