While incorporating Best Practices or Universal Design can eliminate the need for many accommodations, it does not eliminate the need for all of them. Here is information on the most commonly requested accommodations for students with disabilities.
- Testing Accommodations
If your student has exam accommodations, you and the student should discuss testing arrangements. Whenever possible, students should take their exams within the department. For more information please visit https://disability.dl.umn.edu/testing/testing-information-instructors.
- Document Conversion
Converting books and print documents to an alternative format, such as accessible PDF or braille, takes time⎼between 25 and 40 hours for the average textbook. For more information please visit https://disability.dl.umn.edu/document-conversion/document-conversion-information-instructors.
- Classroom Interpreting and Captioning
The Interpreting/Captioning Unit (ICU) of the Disability Resource Center provides communication access to D/deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals. When possible, the ICU will send an email with information about these services including the names of the interpreter(s) or captioner(s). For information about working with interpreters in your classroom please visit https://disability.dl.umn.edu/interpreting/interpreting-guidelines-staff-faculty-and-instructors.
For information about working with captioners in your classroom please visit https://disability.dl.umn.edu/captioning/captioning-guidelines-instructors.
- Media Captioning
Media captioning provides access to material to D/deaf and hard of hearing students. To learn adding captions to media (i.e. videos, YouTube, DVDs) please visit https://disability.dl.umn.edu/captioning/request-real-time-captioning.
- Access Assistants
Trained student workers called Access Assistants (AA) help to remove barriers for students with disabilities. They may assist eligible students with laboratory access, note taking, library assistance, individual reading, textbook taping and other activities. For more information about an AA’s role, please visit https://disability.dl.umn.edu/accommodations/access-assistants.