Center for Students with Disabilities

Faculty/Staff

COVID-19

We would like to thank you in advance for keeping our students with disabilities in mind during this unprecedented health crisis. Please be aware that students with disabilities, using accommodations, may need some additional flexibility in scheduling exams, assignment formats and due dates while we consider the impact of COVID-19.

ACCOMMODATIONS/SERVICES FAQ

Due to the public health risk of COVID-19 and for the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community, we will remain operating remotely during regular operating hours. We are planning for the safe return to campus. We are operating and available during our regular hours of 8:00 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. During this time all staff will be available via email, their normal office phone line, and video conference meetings via WebEx.

The main office can be reached by email at csdat@uww.edu, phone 262-472-4711. CSD staff will be available during business hours via email, phone calls and for scheduled webinar meetings.

Please feel free to reach out to Disability Service Coordinators and our office with any questions or concerns about providing access during this time. You can find information about the Faculty Portal here, http://www.uww.edu/csd/faculty-resources . Instructors can use the Portal to view student accommodations, Testing Contracts and Requests, and upload exams.

We recommend using Webex as a valuable tool in this time.  This can help to maintain realtime contact with students either during normal class hours or as a replacement for meetings.

Know that we are here as a resource and appreciate your support.

Other Resources:

Faculty Trainings Page

We are pleased to share our new page for the faculty Canvas resource, as well as announcements of upcoming faculty trainings offered by the Center for Students with Disabilities.

ARP Faculty Access (Faculty Portal)

Using your UWW log in credentials, you will be able to see:

  • Student accommodation notifications
  • Testing contracts and requests (including the links to upload your tests!)
  • Notetaker info and uploaded notes

Instructions for using this feature may be found HERE.  For questions, please contact the Center for Students with Disabilities.

Click the link below to access the Faculty Portal (please note: if you have no students requesting accommodations in your classes, you will not have anything to see).

You will still receive emails as before, but will have continued access to the same information through the Faculty Portal.

Faculty Sign On to ARP

Sample Syllabus Statements

Below are two sample statements regarding accommodations to include in your course syllabus.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding what information should be included in your syllabus.

  • The Center for Students with Disabilities: University of Wisconsin Whitewater strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience academic barriers based on your disability (including mental health, chronic or temporary medical conditions), please let The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) know immediately at 262-472-4711.  CSD will privately discuss the options you have. You are welcome to register with The Center for Students with Disabilities by going to CSD and filling out the application for services. Once you have your accommodations approved by CSD, please arrange to meet with the instructor as soon as possible to discuss the implementation of your accommodations.
  • The University of Wisconsin Whitewater requires that students with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. Qualified students with disabilities who will require accommodations in this class are encouraged to make their requests to me at the beginning of the semester either during office hours or by appointment. Note: Prior to receiving accommodations, verification of eligibility from the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is required. Disability information is confidential. You can find the application for services at www.edu/csd/ or in CSD Office, 2002 Andersen Library.

Resources

Resources to help you create a classroom environment that maximizes the learning of all students, regardless of disability, can be found on your campus, online, in publications, and through professional organizations. We have listed some such resources below:

  • Specific Disability/Academic Activity Resources - Resources related to teaching students with specific disabilities, or in specific academic activities.
  • Knowledge Base - Search the Knowledge Base for question and answers, case studies, and promising practices regarding the education and employment of students with disabilities.

Working with a Student who is Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deafblind

Will you have a Sign Language interpreter in your classroom this semester? Information on the role of the interpreter in your classroom and general information regarding the interpreting process. Included is important information on removing instructional barriers for all students including students with disabilities.

Find out more

Technology Resources

For instructors creating PowerPoint presentations. This article will assist in creating a presentation as accessible as possible: http://webaim.org/techniques/powerpoint/#create

Access 4 All (available at http://etc.usf.edu/techease/4all/ ) is a website where students (and faculty) can learn more about the assistive technology they have available to them as part of their operating systems.

Captioning resources:

https://it.wisc.edu/guides/accessible-content-tech/create-accessible-video-and-audio-content/

Designing accessible websites:

https://it.wisc.edu/guides/accessible-content-tech/

Universal Design

IDeA

The IDeA Center is dedicated to making environments and products more usable, safer and healthier in response to the needs of an increasingly diverse population. The IDeA Center's activities are based on the philosophy of Inclusive Design, often called "Universal Design" or "Design for All." It is a way of thinking that can be applied in any design activity, business practice, program or service involving interaction of people with the physical, social or virtual worlds.

The IDeA Center has divided its content into two separate websites: the IDeA Center (current site) and Universal Design E-World (UD E-World) . The IDeA Center site provides a brief overview of what we do, while UD E-World serves as a participatory environment with web based tools to support the "community of practice" in universal design. All of our ongoing research, development projects and publications can be found on UD E-World.