Provide Up-to-date Accessibility Statement in Your Syllabus

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The Quality and High Quality online course reviews explore components proven to be best practices in online course design. This post showcases Quality item, “Up-to-date information for students with disabilities to connect with UCF’s Office of Student Accessibility Services (formerly Student Disability Services) is provided within the syllabus.”

It is vital that students be provided with a statement about how to connect with UCF’s Office of Student Accessibility Services in the syllabus. This statement clarifies that students need to contact SAS before requesting accommodations from the teacher. This office was formerly known as Student Disability Services, and other contact information has changed, so it is important to use the most up-to-date version, which is below.

The University of Central Florida is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. This syllabus is available in alternate formats upon request. Students with disabilities who need accommodations in this course must contact the professor at the beginning of the semester to discuss needed accommodations. No accommodations will be provided until the student has met with the professor to request accommodations. Students who need accommodations must connect with Student Accessibility Services, Ferrell Commons, 7F, Room 185, phone (407) 823-2371, TTY/TDD only phone (407) 823-2116, before requesting accommodations from the professor.

What Are Some Ways Your Online Course Can Be Designed to Meet This Standard?

Consider using the Syllabus templater tool to make sure the required components of the syllabus are included, including the accessibility statement.This automatically includes all of the university policies that should be included, so you do not have to go digging for the latest version. There is also an Interactive Syllabus template, which is a little more robust than the Syllabus template (featuring a Table of Contents and policy statements shortened by accordions), but features the same information.

What Does This Look like in a Real Online Course?

Example 1. Course accessibility statement (highlighted) using the Syllabus templater.