Services for Students with Disabilities

Making Online Course Material Accessible

The UM School of Dentistry has been creating online presentations and quizzes as a substitute for lectures, in some cases referred to as “flipped” classes. Dr. Stephen C. Bayne, a professor of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics describes the process and advantages to making these materials accessible online.

A Guide: 10 Instructional Accessibility Tips

We appreciate that faculty members at U-M wish to accommodate students with disabilities so that their classes may be as inclusive of diversity as possible. However, the best practices for providing accommodations may not always be obvious. We have assembled the following list of tips and resources to provide a starting point. 

Reach out to instructors to make captioning a priority

Mary Reilly, a captioned media specialist for the University of Michigan, works with instructors to ensure students who are deaf or hard of hearing have access to captioned videos. She has presented in the past about how institutions can provide captioning easily and inexpensively.

Attendance Flexibility

Faculty teaching at most colleges and universities consider attendance and participation mandatory. While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) clearly stipulates academic accommodations and adjustments must not alter essential features or requirements of courses, it also protects students with disabilities from discrimination.