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Information Session Request Form



Include one of the following statements in your syllabus:

  • Students who require academic adjustments in the classroom, or by way of the web due to a disability, must first register with A-State's A&AS. Following registration and within the first two weeks of class, please contact our office to discuss appropriate academic accommodations, technology requirements, software and hardware specifics and requirements. Appropriate arrangements can be made to ensure equal access to this course.

  • Any student in this course who has a disability that may prevent him/her from fully participating in this course should contact A&AS (870-972-3964) as soon as possible, so we can make the necessary accommodations to facilitate his/her educational opportunity.

  • If you have a documented disability, and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact me as soon as possible. Students requiring academic adjustments in the classroom due to a disability must register with A-State's A&AS.

Students with disabilities do not always disclose they have a disability to the instructors due to various reasons. The statement will indicate your willingness to accommodate students with disabilities.



Accommodation Letters

A&AS sends accommodation letters to faculty members for students with disabilities who register with A&AS, and present sufficient documentation of their disability. Students enrolled in A-State classes including online programs, Distance Education, or a sister campus, are also served through A-State A&AS.



Alternative Testing Accommodations

Alternative testing accommodations are essential to the success of many students with disabilities. These accommodations may include but are not limited to: extended time, low distraction testing environment, tests administered in an accessible format, and tests administered via reader or assistive technology. Students that receive testing accommodations are eligible to take their exams in proctored spaces within the A&AS office.

Students wishing to take exams in the A&AS office are generally required to submit an exam request online a minimum of three(3) business days before the scheduled exam date. For final exams we require a minimum of five(5) business days advance notice. The preferred method of receiving exams from faculty is to have them upload into the AIM portal using the link they receive in their email when the student submits their request(s). Exams may also be emailed to dstesting@astate.edu or delivered directly to the A&AS office. Completed exams will be returned via the method indicated in the testing agreement completed by the faculty. Questions and concerns may be directed to the A&AS Testing Coordinator.

Setting up an exam with extended time on Blackboard >>



Accessible Materials

  • A&AS staff will take care of E-Text accommodations that you may see on an accommodations letter

  • Make sure articles and other text used outside of the textbook are in a readable format and accessible for screen readers. For more information on this, contact our office.

  • Some students will have technology accommodations that they use in the classroom (recording class lectures, use of note-taking software, etc.)

If you would like to review a brief tutorial of some of the technologies and methods of making materials accessible, please examine our Faculty Resource Guide.

Learn about accessible format/alternate books here >>



Online Learning

Students using accommodations in the regular classroom may also use the same accommodations for online-learning (i.e. students who use extended time for testing in a regular classroom will also need extended testing time in their online class). Any course material provided online will need to be accessible. A&AS offers courses periodically addressing an accessible online-learning environment.

Test your Web Page to see if it's Accessible >>



Podcast Accessibility Issues

For users who are blind: Visual podcast content is inaccessible to blind users. If there is content-rich information presented via video without audio describing the information conveyed by the video content, this information will not be accessible by individuals who are blind or have low vision. Podcasts should provide an audio description of information that is provided only by the video. For example, if a video podcast shows a person ringing a bell, an audio description should explain that the bell is ringing. With no explanation, blind and low-vision users would not have access to the video content available to sighted users.

For users who are deaf or hard of hearing: All video podcasts should include open-captions or a transcript of the audio content. Transcripts should be available from Blackboard, or the same web location as the podcast.

To make your podcast highly accessible, make sure you include:

  • Transcripts for audio podcasts for hearing-impaired audiences

  • Captions in video podcasts for hearing-impaired audiences, making sure that captions are appropriately synchronized

  • Audio descriptions of visual content that conveys important information in video podcasts for visually-impaired audiences



Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as defined by CAST, is "a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. UDL provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all". UDL calls for multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement. For more information on UDL, please click here.


Project Do-IT videos

Faculty and Students with Disabilities Making Distance Learning Accessible to Everyone
Universal Design of Instruction Accessible Web Design
Invisible Disabilities and Postsecondary Education People with Disabilities and Computer Technology


Other Resources

Accommodations Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teaching Tips
Academic Accommodation Examples Rutgers University Accommodations