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Creating an Accessible Classroom for Everyone
Creating an Accessible Classroom
- Remember to respect the confidentiality of students requesting disability accommodations.
- Accommodations are designed to ensure access. If accommodations are provided on time, faculty members can issues grades according to course standards.
- Disability, like other aspects of diversity, has its own culture and experiences. If you think your class would benefit from a panel presentation by students who work with our office, please send your request via the Classroom Presentation Request early as possible in the semester. The form is listed below.
- We support faculty as well as students. Please call us with your questions and concerns.
Make sure an inclusive statement on disability is included in your course syllabus. We suggest the following:
Students with Disabilities:
It is the policy and practice of the University of Minnesota Duluth to create inclusive learning environments for all students, including students with disabilities. If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or your ability to meet course requirements such as time limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos, please notify the instructor as soon as possible. You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources to discuss and arrange reasonable accommodations. Call 218-726-6130 or visit the Disability Resources web site at https://umd-general.umn.edu/disability-resources for more information.
Accessible Course Media
Technology offers endless learning opportunities, but keep in mind that everything must be accessible. Including captions on all course media – movies, YouTube videos, audio recordings – is beneficial not only to students with disabilities, but to a wide range of learners that can include:
- English language learners
- Students who learn visually
- Captions can also ensure access in environments where sound isn’t allowed and can help compensate for noisy backgrounds or poor audio quality.
- For more information about creating accessible course media, contact the UMD Multimedia Hub.
Other University Resources:
- OED Certificate Workshop 5: Engaging Universal Design Concepts to Increase Access and Inclusion
- OED Certificate Workshop 9: Understanding Disability & Advancing Access
- Universal Design and ELLs [English Language Learner] with Disabilities