Quick Tips for Instructors

Achieving reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities involves shared responsibility across the academic enterprise, most critically in the delivery of your courses to students. This list of tips is designed to serve as a quick reference for some of the most important issues and adjustments that you should make in your courses to accommodate students with disabilities. It is designed to help you organize your courses in a step-by-step approach without being unduly burdensome on you. Disability Resources & Educational Services (DRES), as well as the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), can serve as a resource when you have questions or concerns. They are a great support and source of assistance with accessibility issues.

Accessibility Tips

  1. Introduction to Accessibility
  2. Syllabus
  3. Readings and Textbooks
  4. Video/Audio Description
  5. Software
  6. Graphics/Images
  7. Course Materials
  8. Webpages
  9. Learning Environment
  10. Purchases

Our Commitment to Accessibility

In order to serve our students with excellence, faculty, staff, and administration all have a role in ensuring that courses and services that students use are offered accessibly and in “an equally effective and equally integrated manner.”* Recognizing the applicable federal and state accessibility laws, as well as the IT Accessibility Policy, Illinois is asking faculty to strive to be proactive in order to:

  • Fully realize the potential of all our students,
  • Promote and protect our courses, the valuable assets that are the instruments of our teaching and learning, and
  • Set University standards for the attainability of accessibility and the added value it brings.

* Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973