Procedures & Best Practices

Faculty Best Practices

The following guidelines are considered best practices for faculty regarding accessibility for students with disabilities registered with Disability Services for Students (DSS).

Place your text book orders early

DSS provides books in alternate formats (e-text, audio, Braille) for eligible students. It can take up to six weeks to produce a textbook in a accessible format. For students to have access to their books on the first day of classes DSS needs the book information four to six weeks ahead of time.

Put a statement in your syllabus to initiate dialogue with students

In an effort to facilitate the process of identifying students with disabilities and their accommodation requests early in the semester, please include the syllabus statement below. We are optimistic that by including this or a similar statement in syllabi, and by alerting students to this process, those with documented disabilities will secure necessary classroom accommodations in a timely fashion.

"The University is committed to providing students with documented disabilities equal access to all university programs and facilities. If you think you have a disability requiring accommodations, you must register with Disability Services for Students (DSS). If you have questions about the process, please contact DSS at (603) 862-2607 or disability.office@unh.edu. If you are registered with DSS, and eligible for accommodations that you would like to utalize in this course, please forward that information to me in a timely manner so that we can meet privately in my office to review those accommodations."

Verify students' eligibility for accommodations.

Faculty will be notified via email through Clockwork, that a student is requesting to use accommodations in your course.  You will have the opportunity to view and approve thier requested accommodations.  Meet with the student in a confidential setting to review their accommodations and discuss how you will implement them within your classroom.

Assist students and DSS with notetaker recruitment

Students eligible for Notetaking accommodations often need the professor's assistance in recruiting a suitable notetaker. When requested, please visit the 'Notetaker Announcement' tab to follow instructions on how to do so.

Ensure that material on Blackboard is accessible.

Material posted on Blackboard should be in doc, txt, rtf, or htm format to ensure compatibility with Assistive Technology. Most PDFs cannot be read by a screen reader. Whenever possible, post handouts and assignments on Blackboard in addition to or instead of handing out a paper copy. Online format allows students with vision impairments and learning disabilities to use screen-reading software to read the document aloud.