Faculty & staff resources
Faculty and staff on campus play an important role in implementing the appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities and ensuring that our office fulfills our duties correctly and efficiently. Their sensitivity to students with disabilities and their issues is an important aspect to students receiving their appropriate accommodations.
Includes information on:
- Faculty notification letters
- Testing contracts
- Exam reminders
- Notetaking recruit letters
Disability access statement (for syllabus)
Students with disabilities:
Any student with a documented disability (e.g. ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Acquired Brain Injury, PTSD, Physical, Sensory, Psychological, or Learning Disability) who needs to arrange academic accommodations must contact The ACCESS Center (165 Murphy Library, 608.785.6900, ACCESSCenter@uwlax.edu) and meet with an advisor to register and develop an accommodation plan. In addition to registering with The ACCESS Center, it is the student's responsibility to discuss their academic needs with their instructors.
Captioning as a best practice for all video materials
The Division of Academic Affairs, ACCESS, and UWL’s Student Senate recommend that all video material be captioned for improved student learning and all public materials (such as videos on UWL’s website). ITS provides complete information about how a department/unit can secure closed captioned materials. ITS closed-captioning website.
Captioning for ACCESS atudents
The ACCESS Center works with instructors and materials only when there is a known accommodation situation. The ACCESS Center works together with instructors to provide accessible video materials when there is not a captioned version available. The ACCESS Center is only able to manage requests for captioning of media for classes having an enrolled student with a disability that needs captions as an ACCESS Center approved accommodation. For professors that have been notified by The ACCESS Center of a need for captioned media in class, the following guide should assist you in determining the best way to obtain the captioned media.
It is the responsibility of the instructor to ensure that all video materials used in class are accessible prior to their use. It is expected that instructor created materials (video lectures, screen casts, etc.) are created with accessibility in mind and should be captioned at the time of creation. If there is any question regarding the accessibility of a particular item, please contact The ACCESS Center at 608.785.6900 or ACCESSCaptioning@uwlax.edu
ACCESS guide to closed captioning video materials for instructors
As an instructor, you will receive email notification from The ACCESS Center when a student in your course requires “Accessible Audio/Video Materials.” What do you need to do?
Determine if there is captioning, and if so, is the captioning good quality? Online resources like YouTube and other video libraries often contain videos that either do not have captions or have extremely inaccurate captions. If captions are inaccurate they will need to be redone.
Search the library catalog for materials that are available either in the stacks or through the streaming subscription that are captioned. For video materials available in the stacks, the details in the electronic catalog will describe whether there are subtitles and/or captions.