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Presentation on Providing Accommodations Now Available

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This powerpoint presentation is from the SDRC’s seminar for faculty and staff, “Providing Academic Accommodations to Students: It’s More than Just Letters.”

It will assist faculty in gaining an understanding of the role and purpose of the SDRC, and improve their ability to discuss the rights, responsibilities, and needs of students with disabilities. The PowerPoint lists strategies for working with students who have disabilities describes actions that individuals and departments can take to ensure that students with disabilities have educational opportunities that are equal to those of their non-disabled peers, and discusses strategies for working with students who have disabilities. Free and available for download by clicking on the image above or one of these links:

PowerPoint (.pptx): Providing Academic Accommodations PowerPoint.
PDF: Providing Academic Accommodations PDF

Please consider signing up for one of the upcoming faculty training sessions for 2018 led by Dr. Shelley Ducatt, Associate Dean and Director, SDRC and Jennifer Mitchell, Assistant Director, SDRC:

  • Monday, February 5, 2:00-3:30 pm, Student Services Building (SSB) Room 214
  • Thursday, February 15, 11:00am-12:30 pm, Student Services Building (SSB) Room 214

News on Accessible Course Content

New data from Ally, Blackboard’s new accessibility tool, is providing insight into text accessibility at the user level. As reported recently at Inside Higher Ed website, findings show that a lot of work remains to be done to progress toward the goal of universal accessibility:

“…new data from Blackboard show that the most common types of course content that students use on a daily basis — images, PDFs, presentations and other documents — continue to be riddled with accessibility issues. And while colleges have made some slight improvements over the last five years, the issues are widespread.”

The SDRC encourages faculty and staff to help bridge the gap as Florida State works toward universal accessibility in all areas for students. Please explore the references we have available here (links below) or contact us directly at with questions.

The Dean of Student Department supports an inclusive academic environment through education, empowerment, crisis management, and advocacy of students in collaboration with campus and community partners.

We welcome students and family members to connect with the Dean of Students Department if you are experiencing a crisis or just need someone to talk through a problem or experience you are having at Florida State University.

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