Accommodating Students with Disabilities

Accommodating Students with
Disabilities in Online Courses
Dallas Colleges Online
Student Testimonial
Types of Disabilities
Blind and/or Deaf
Paralysis, Mobility Impaired
Learning Disabilities (ADHD, Dyslexia)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Recent events: war (returning vets), motorcycle wrecks
Assistive Technology Overview
JAWS Screen Reader, NVDA (FREE!)
MAGic Screen Magnifier
OpenBook, Kurzweil 1000
WYNN, Kurzweil 3000
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Track Balls, Puffer Switches, Eye Gaze
Advantages of Distance Learning
Education from the comfort of your home
No need for blind to arrange transportation
More comfortable for persons with PTSD
Accessibility vs. Usability
Able to access all content and services.
(alt tags, color blind, closed captioning, transcripts, etc.)
Easy to learn, quick to use, easy to navigate.
Example of a GOOD website
Example of a BAD website
Descriptive Closed Captioning and Transcripts
PowerPoint Descriptions (Notes Area)
PowerPoint Descriptions (Outline)
Microsoft Accessibility Checker (2010+)
Microsoft Accessibility Checker (Results)
Descriptive Links #1
Descriptive Links #2
Descriptive Links #3
Headings and Styles
Alt Tags and Descriptions for Pictures
Accommodate Screen Readers
Exams, Quizzes and Projects (eCampus)
Extra Time on Tests (eCampus)
Data Tables and Spreadsheets
Font Text (Color and Style)
Further Tips
When possible avoid Flash and Animations
When possible avoid linking to third party content
Maintain continuity in design (Quality Matters Review)
Discussion Boards may be difficult for students who are blind
Email should remain primary mode of communication with all students
Syllabus: Include links to any software needed (ex. Adobe, Media Player)
Syllabus: Your College Disability Services Office Contact Information
Checklist & Timeline (ADA / 508 Complaince)
Thank You! - Any Questions?
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