Faculty and instructors are critical partners to Access and Disability Services in ensuring curricular access. ADS will consult faculty on various requests to learn more about their course and create reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students. Faculty members with students registered for ADS services in their class will receive an email of the student approved accommodation plan, so it is important to keep an eye out for emails from us!
When it comes to making your classes more accessible, we are here to help! Check below for information and recommendations to ensure access and inclusion, even in online format classes.
As a college, we are obligated to provide the legally mandated accommodations. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, no qualified person will be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by Harper College because of disability. Harper College will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in employment practices and activities, including, but not limited to, application procedures, hiring, tenure, promotion, advancement, termination, training, compensation and benefits. Harper College will not discriminate against a qualified individual because of the known disability of another individual with whom the qualified individual is known to have a relationship or association.
Here are some areas to consider when designing your courses and interacting with students:
It is simple to create an accommodation for one or more students who need to have an extended time limit for a test.
The test exception must be set for each test individually. This can also be used to make the test available during a different window for a student taking the test early or late.
Yes! The Academy for Teaching Excellence has many resources available on their website to assist instructors with providing accessible documents, lectures, assessments, and more.
You can find the Accessibility drop down on their site dedicated to the Transition to Online Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic here: https://harper-academy.net/planning-for-a-rapid-transition-to-online-instruction/
As well as their Webinar series here (with Part 5 specifically highlighting Universal Design): https://harper-academy.net/online-instruction-webinar-series-recordings/
For even more resources check out our Student Development FAQs on HIP. If the answer to your question is not here, feel free to reach out to the ADS Front Desk or the student's Access Advocate, as listed at the bottom of their accommodation plan, and we will be happy to help!