Student Disability Services

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Planning an Accessible Course - Universal Design

Syllabus Statement

Please click below for instructional videos to create accessible content:

The University of Toledo is committed to providing equal opportunity and access to the educational experience through the provision of reasonable accommodations. For students who have an accommodations memo from Student Disability Services, it is essential that you correspond with me as soon as possible to discuss your disability-related accommodation needs for this course. For students not registered with Student Disability Services who would like information regarding eligibility for academic accommodations due to barriers associated with a potential disability, please contact the Student Disability Services Office.

Introduction to Universal Design

Tutorial on Making Your Online Content Accessible

Tips to Creating An Accessible Online Environment

Textbooks in an electronic format through Student Disability Services

SDS Creating Accessible Text Quick Guide (.doc)
SDS Creating Accessible Text Quick Guide .(pdf)                                                           

Tutorials by File Type

PDF

Making an accessible PDF in Adobe Pro 11

Making an accessible PDF in Adobe Pro 10 and earlier

Techniques for Alternative Text for Images

Techniques for using tables

Word

Making an accessible Word document

Self-paced course for making an accessible Word document

Captions/Audio Description

If you are using a video that is not captioned, contact the publisher and ask if there is a captioned version available. It is always a best practice to purchase captioned videos initially. Auto-captioned videos are not acceptable, all videos shown must be properly captioned. If you have videos and media that you would like to use in your course, please fill out the Captioning Request Form and send it to Captioning@utoledo.edu or directly to John.Satkowski2@utoledo.edu.

amara.org- Many videos captioned in multiple languages
www.moviesubtitles.net
Frontline-PBS (most are captioned) 
Fixing YouTube Videos (*Note*- YouTube captions are not a substitute for captioning videos and require extensive editing)
Accessible Videos- examples of captions, transcripts and audio description
Audio Description- Example of a video that is audio described

Helpful Accessibility Resources

Adobe TV- Many tutorial videos on how to create accessible material. 

Planning an Accessible Event

  • Planning an Accessible Meeting
  • To ensure that all people with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in campus events please use the follow disclaimer on all promotional material.

For an EVENT: If you have a disability and require an accommodation during this event, please contact (name of event coordinator) at (phone #). Accommodation requests may also be emailed to (email address) or faxed to (fax #).

Please Note: Some requests may take longer to coordinate than others, therefore advanced notice is requested and may be required to provide some accommodations.

For PRINT MATERIAL: This (pamphlet, brochure, playbill, etc…) is available in alternative format upon request. Please contact (department/college/office/) at (phone #) to make a request. Requests may also be emailed to (email address) or faxed to ( fax #).

Advance notice is required in order for the material to be available at the event. The amount of time varies on the format requested and length of the material, so please call as far ahead as possible.

DOJ Releases New Guide on Accessible Meetings
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently published a new ADA guidance on conducting accessible and inclusive meetings title "Accessible Information Exchange: Meeting on a Level Playing Field." It covers access to meeting sites as well as presentations, printed materials and other forms of communications. http://www.ada.gov/business/accessiblemtg.html

Sign Language/Speech-To-Text

  • D/deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals use various accommodations to access the world around them. For some, American Sign Language (ASL) is their first language and they will request an ASL interpreter at events. For others, English is their first language and they may request speech-to-text. The disclaimer above is helpful because it gives the event organizer the opportunity to discuss what accommodations are appropriate for each individual. Listed below are some interpreter and speech-to-text agencies that we have used and recommend.

    • Communication Exchange-Interpreters and speech-to-text transcribers  419.343.9321- Contact person Sarah
    • Professional Interpreters for the Deaf- interpreters only 419.517.3660- Contact person Patti
    • Shalene Germani Interpreter for the Deaf- 419.270.7660- Contact Shalene Germani
    • 2G Interpreting and transcribing- 419.320.3306 or garciajoyce299@gmail.com contact person- Joyce
    • Alternative Communication  Services, LLC Remote transcribing-  1.800.335.0911- contact person Carmin

Useful Links

(Content adapted from Case Western Reserve, 2012)
Last Updated: 7/19/17