Teaching and Accessibility

The University of Central Florida is committed to providing all students with equitable access to the best possible opportunities for academic success. Resources to support faculty in creating accessible course material can be found in Provost memo which can be found here. UCF's Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) works with faculty members on a regular basis to facilitate accommodations, but as more faculty members innovate to incorporate web-based media into their online and face-to-face classes, we must be diligent to ensure that accessibility remains a top priority.

As per the recommendations of Universal Design for Learning, faculty members are encouraged to design accessible courses from the outset. Faculty members should also work actively with SAS, CDL, and FCTL upon notification of specific course accessibility and specific student accessibility needs for a given course. If you have any questions, please contact Adam Meyer, director of Student Accessibility Services, by calling 407-823-2371 or by e-mailing Adam.Meyer@ucf.edu. To acccess SAS forms (Test Request Form, Accommodation Letter Request Form, Report a Physical Access Barrier, etc.), go to: http://sas.sdes.ucf.edu/forms

To ensure the accessibility of instructional resources used in your classes, SAS also provides a list of questions to ask when selecting course textbooks and supplemental materials.



UCF Accessibility Resources:

Resource Description Website
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) UCF Student Accessibility Services considers accessibility and inclusion paramount. SAS provides resources for students and faculty members including perspective on inclusive language, assistive technology guidance, accommodated testing, the Accommodation Letter Request Form, and the Reoprt a Physical Access Barrier Form. SAS coordinates with the Center for Distributed Learning for captioning and provides consultation on making audio or video components accessible. http://sas.sdes.ucf.edu/
Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) The Center for Distributed Learning provides assistance in accessing and managing new technologies for online courses, including tools for navigating and implementing assistive technology and accessible online course materials. CDL can help caption videos from provided transcripts and develop text-based materials that are accessible for students who are visually impaired. They provide guidelines and support for making online media accessible. They will consult with faculty members on accessibility strategies during course development (such as ensuring the use of ALT tags on images) and course delivery (such as methods to allow extra time during assessments for students with learning disabilities). Online faculty members should work directly with their assigned instructional designer to access support resources and may contact Online@UCF Support for appropriate routing or direct assistance by calling 407-823-0407 or by e-mailing onlinesupport@ucf.edu http://online.ucf.edu/support
Teaching Online At UCF we aim to make courses and materials as accessible as possible. The Teaching Online website offers a page concerning Accessibility Tips; this page allows you to see how to make course materials as accessible as possible. The Teaching Online Website also offers a letter from the Provost concerning how to make all course materials ADA compliant. This website provides insight into making materials accessible such as, Text Formatting, Document Organizing, Audio/Video, PPT, PDF, Navigation Links, and Tables. http://online.ucf.edu/teach-online/develop/accessibility/
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning can advise faculty members regarding the design and creation of course materials and implementation of teaching strategies that will accommodate differences among students. FCTL offers workshops and one-on-one consultations for faculty members. FCTL's video production page details how to accommodate students using closed captions for narrated videos. FCTL's video content page contains links to video resources with associated closed captions or transcripts. FCTL's syllabus page contains sample statements to help with planning a course and building a syllabus. Among those statements is suggested language to reinforce UCF's stance on universal accessibility for students. Contact FCTL by calling 407-823-3544 or by e-mailing fctl@ucf.edu. http://fctl.ucf.edu/
Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES) At UCF we offer many resources that will assist in making the classroom as inclusive and accessible as possible. SDES oversees departments such as SAS, CAPS, Career Services, First Year Advising and Exploration, Office of Student Involvement and much more. SDES is a centralized resource that can provide specialized assistance and works in collaboration with its many departments to provide the best resources and services possible to faculty and students.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Counseling and Psychological Services provides many resources on the UCF campus for both students and faculty. CAPS provides free counseling and services to all enrolled UCF students and encourages faculty to recommend CAPS as a resource as they see fit, understanding that students may feel more comfortable confiding in faculty members than counselors. CAPS is well versed in culturally sensitive practices and counseling and prides itself in being a diverse and inclusive agency dedicated to working with faculty to help students succeed in the classroom.
Multicultural Student Center (MSC) UCF’s Multicultural Student Center is a place that faculty can recommend that students be a part of as a way to raise awareness about the importance of diversity and inclusion. The MSC provides many activities and events that promote diversity on the UCF campus, and it would be of benefit to faculty and students to become involved and aware of activities, events, and resources. http://msc.sdes.ucf.edu/
Just Knights Response Team (JKRT) UCF has created the Just Knights Response Team in the event that a faculty member or student witnesses an injustice on campus. The JKRT has partnerships with the proper organizations that deal with crimes against students or staff. The JKRT provides forms and intervention in the occasion that an injustice has occurred. http://jkrt.sdes.ucf.edu/about
Office of Student Involvement (OSI) The Office of Student Involvement is a great resource for faculty to recommend to all students because of its inclusive nature and the vast array of programs it provides for students. The OSI makes sure that all of their events and services are accessible, providing assistive technology and all written materials in braille. http://osi.ucf.edu/
Student Academic Resource Center (SARC) The UCF Student Academic Resource Center is equipped with faculty, staff and students dedicated to providing assistance for all students in need of extra help. SARC provides tutoring, academic advising, retention programs and supplemental instruction. SARC is an excellent resource for students; it is recommended that faculty endorse SARC as a means for student academic improvement. http://sarc.sdes.ucf.edu/
Career Services UCF offers students the ability to become more marketable in their career search by visiting Career Services. Career Services offers specialized help to students seeking immediate employment as well as employment after graduation. Faculty members are encouraged to recommend Career Services as a means of help to students that may need assistance looking for a career after graduation. Career Services offers many services including mock interviews, resume/CV help, and a list of possible employment opportunities. http://career.sdes.ucf.edu/

Non-UCF Resources:

  • MIT Video Series, Panel of Students with Disabilities, http://video.mit.edu/watch/panel-discussion-disability-as-an-aspect-of-diversity-navigating-higher-education-with-a-disabilit-13718/

    The MIT Video Series is a panel of students that attend and have attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and identify as a student with a disability. These students shed light on issues surrounding accessibility, culture and inclusion. This video provides insight on how to better help a student in a course that requires accommodations.

  • CSU “From Where I Sit” Video Series, http://teachingcommons.cdl.edu/access/materials/fwis.shtml

    The California State University school system has provided a video series entitled, “From Where I Sit” depicting students that identify as having a disability and how they imagine faculty members better serving themselves as well as other students that may be facing some challenges in the higher education environment. This video provides a transcript of faculty responses that may help in designing accessible course materials.

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