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A FAST Team Presentation. Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Online Courses Presenter: David Wood. Presentation Agenda. Types of Disabilities and how they can be accommodated. Technologies that students with disabilities use. Why requests are made for extra time on tests.

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A fast team presentation

A FAST Team Presentation

Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Online Courses

Presenter: David Wood

Presentation agenda

Presentation Agenda

  • Types of Disabilities and how they can be accommodated.

  • Technologies that students with disabilities use.

  • Why requests are made for extra time on tests.

  • Accessibility vs. Usability in web and online course design.

  • Tips for eCampus Accessible Design (Alt Tags, Test Selection, Discussion Board vs Blog)

  • Video Closed Captioning Options (Transcript, Camtasia vs Autmomatic Sync).

  • Accessibility Update on MyMathLab.

  • Use of Social Networking and Presentation Sites (FB, Twitter, Pow Tunes, Prezi)

  • Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker (PowerPoint Tips-benefits of using notes area)

Types of disabilities

Types of Disabilities

  • Blind and/or Deaf

  • Paralysis, Mobility Impaired

  • Learning Disabilities (ADHD, Dyslexia)

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Recent events: war (returning vets), motorcycle wrecks

Assistive technology overview

Assistive Technology Overview

  • JAWS Screen Reader, NVDA (FREE!)

  • MAGic Screen Magnifier

  • OpenBook, Kurzweil 1000

  • WYNN, Kurzweil 3000

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking

  • Track Balls, Puffer Switches, Eye Gaze

Advantages of distance learning

Advantages of Distance Learning

  • Education from the comfort of your home

  • No need for blind to arrange transportation

  • More comfortable for persons with PTSD

Accessibility vs usability

Accessibility vs. Usability


Able to access all content and services.

(alt tags, color blind, closed captioning, transcripts, etc.)


Easy to learn, quick to use, easy to navigate.

Example of a good website

Example of a GOOD website

Example of a w3c validation good

Example of a W3C Validation (Good)

Example of a bad website

Example of a BAD website

Example of a w3c validation bad

Example of a W3C Validation (Bad)

Ecampus adding alt text

eCampus (Adding Alt Text)

Table headers columns rows

Table Headers (Columns & Rows)

Closed captioning and transcripts

Closed Captioning and Transcripts

  • Used by persons who are blind or deaf

  • Costly and time consuming

  • Most YouTube videos do not have CC

  • TV and Internet have different formats

  • DIY (ex. Camtasia) vs. Paying for service

  • Automatic Sync: www.automaticsync.com

Camtasia closed captioning

Camtasia (Closed Captioning)

Math and accessibility

Math and Accessibility

  • Difficult to accommodate for screen readers

  • Math Markup Language (MathML)

  • Firefox has a free editor, FireMath

    Not Accessible:

    Accessible (with alt tag):

    alt=“X equals negative b, plus or minus the square root of B squared minus four times A times C all divided by two times A”

    MathType by Design Science: www.dessci.com



Use of social networking sites

Use of Social Networking Sites

  • Good for connecting with students

  • Comfortable for students with PTSD

  • However, not necessarily accessible

  • Chat programs especially difficult for blind

  • Twitter access: www.accessibletwitter.com

Microsoft word 2010 accessibility checker

Microsoft Word 2010 (Accessibility Checker)

  • Latest version has an accessibility checker.

  • File > Check for Issues > Check Accessibility

  • May have issues if saved with older version.

  • Try copy and paste into a new file.

  • Always use headings and styles.

Thank you any questions

Thank You! Any Questions?

David R. Wood

Email: fast@dcccd.edu

Office: 972.669.6661

Web: online.dcccd.edu

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