Accessibility & Accommodations

General Accommodations Available By Type of Disability:

While actual approved accommodations are determined by careful review of your file, we provide, in general, the following accommodations:

Blind or Visually Impaired

  • Large-print reading materials (e.g., books, handouts, signs, and equipment labels). Large print is typically 16 to 18 point bold type, depending on the typeface used
  • front-row or preferential classroom seating in well-lit areas with full view of the presenter and visual aids
  • computers with screen and text enlargers, or speech output
  • the use of readers or scribes for exams
  • extended time for exams and assignments


  • Accessible desks in the classrooms
  • Depending upon functional limitations, additional accommodations may include extended time on tests, note takers

Mental Health disability:

  • note takers
  • early notification of deadlines for projects, exams, and assignments
  • flexible attendance requirements
  • encouraging and validating academic and work environments
  • availability of a quiet work or testing area

Deaf or Hard of Hearing:

  • interpreters
  • sound amplification systems
  • note takers
  • real-time captioning

Traumatic Brain Injury:

  • Use of audio recorder in class, with professor permission
  • Depending upon functional limitations, additional accommodations may include approval for things such as extended time on tests and note takers

Learning Disability:

  •  note takers
  • recorded class sessions, with professor permission
  • extended exam time and a quiet testing location
  • books on tape and e-books
  • alternative evaluation methods
  • reinforcing directions verbally


  • note takers
  • tutors or other organizational supports
  • reduced course loads
  • preferential seating near the front of a class or meeting
  • copies of class or meeting notes
  • private, quiet work and testing rooms
  • recorded lectures and/or books
  • printed material on audiotape or in electronic format
  • written direction

Ways to Make Your Class and Documents Accessible

Web Accessibility Checklist

Make sure your website is accessible by using this checklist.  Visit other helpful links that are included in this document.

Designing for Screen Reader Compatibility

Understand how a screen reader works and the best practices for making Web sites, documents, and PDF files accessible for people that are blind or visually-impaired.

Large Print Basics

Guidelines to follow when creating a document or Web page.  Here's a large print document example.

Microsoft Word Accessibility

Make content in Microsoft Word accessible.  Feel free to follow this accessible class syllabus example.

PDF Accessibility

Make content in Adobe PDF accessible.  You will be shown how to best convert Word documents to PDF. *Note: Though PDF files can be made accessible, it is best to post a Word document version of the file alongside the PDF whenever possible.  A Word document is more usable and reliable than a PDF document when read by a screen reader.

PowerPoint Accessibility

Make content in Microsoft PowerPoint accessible.

Recommended Websites:

Online College Learning for Students with Disabilities

WebAIM – Web Accessibility in Mind

Section 508 Checklist

WCAG 2.0 Checklist

Website Accessibility Links

Authoring Tools | Content and Structure | Flash | Forms | Frames | Images | JavaScript | Keyboard Accessibility | Presentation and Styles | Tables | Video Captions

Authoring Tools:


Content and Structure:

Creating Semantic Structure

Designing for Screen Reader Compatibility

Links and Hypertext

Site Searches, Indexes, and Site Maps

“Skip Navigation” Links


Creating Accessible Flash Content


Creating Accessible Forms

Usable and Accessible Form Validation and Error Recovery


Creating Accessible Frames


Creating Accessible Images

Appropriate Use of Alternative Text


Creating Accessible JavaScript

Accessibility of AJAX Applications

Accessibility of Rich Internet Applications

Keyboard Accessibility:

Keyboard Accessibility

Presentation and Styles:

Creating Accessible CSS

CSS in Action: Invisible Content Just for Screen Reader Users



Creating Accessible Tables

Video Captions

Web Captioning Overview


Additional Accessibility Information:

25 Ways to Make your Website Accessible

Web Accessibility Resources