Accessibility to Course Content
Federal laws require that reasonable accommodations must be made in the instructional process to ensure equal educational opportunity to individuals with disabilities. The University has provided an extensive guide to support this: “Providing Service and Access to Students and Employees with Disabilities in Higher Education.” This document also includes general guidelines and lists of resources available in working with individuals with disabilities.
Intentional course design that incorporates accessibility can help meet the potential accommodation needs of students with disabilities. Instructors wanting additional information about accessibility compliance while they are designing or building their course may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In regards to online course content, both for in-residence and distance students, the University of Florida currently provides captioning services for hearing impaired students, and is in the process of extending accessibility services to other types of impairments.
Disability Accommodation Requests:
1) Any student wishing to request accommodation must be registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC). Each semester the student may request accommodation letters that can be presented to their instructors.
- It is the student’s responsibility to request services before the beginning of the class to assure that captioning services can be provided in a timely manner.
2) When an instructor receives an accommodation letter, they should review DRC’s Information for Faculty & Staff for details on different types of accommodation and/or Contact the DRC for more information.
3) If an instructor needs to request assistance in providing accessibility, the instructor should email email@example.com. Please include the term, course name, section numbers and the accommodations that have been requested. The student’s name should not be included in this email.
4) Upon receipt of the request, CITT and TNT staff will determine the appropriate support services, which include but are not limited to:
- If the section is “online”, with a $1.00 per credit hour accessibility fee, the cost of captioning is usually covered by the UF Distance Accessibility Fund*.
- If the section is on-book, but the accessibility fee is not part of the course fees, the CITT will provide accommodation services (an RCM funded service).
- If the section is in a self-funded (off-book) program, accessibility fees are not collected. Therefore the cost of captioning or other required accessibility for these programs is generally the responsibility of the college receiving the tuition for the course section. Should the CITT have captioning capacity, they may be able to assist with converting materials for these programs.
5) After determining how the accommodation request(s) will be supported, CITT or TNT staff will coordinate with the instructor to make sure their online materials are reviewed and altered as needed.
*The UF Distance Accessibility Fund is based on a $1.00 per credit hour accessibility fee, which is retained in an auxiliary fund managed by DCE and capped at no more than $50,000. Any fees collected in excess of $50,000 will be used to support general online accessibility. The DRC will publish annual data in regards to requests and accommodations and DCE will likewise provide accessibility fund flow and end of year balance data for the Associate Provost.