Adding Accessibility Statement to Syllabus
Faculty are encouraged to include the following course accessibility statement in their syllabus:
Course Accessibility: Students who experience barriers in this course are encouraged to contact the instructor as early in the semester as possible. The Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) is available to facilitate the removal of barriers and to ensure reasonable accommodations. For more information about ARC, please visit: https://arc.tcnj.edu/.
Adding ASL Interpreters to Canvas Course
ASL interpreters can join classes remotely or in-person. Interpreters can be added to Canvas as Observers through the firstname.lastname@example.org email account (newly-requested email account through IT) so that they receive course updates and information along with the student who has requested the interpreter. If breakout rooms are used during a class session, the interpreter should be placed in the same room as the student who requested the interpreter. This can be done manually by the instructor. See more information regarding breakout rooms here. ASL interpreter requests can be made through the ASL Interpreter Request Form.
Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART)
CART services allow for individuals who are D/deaf or hard of hearing to receive a real-time class transcript via remote or in-person technologies. CART services can be used in conjunction with, or in lieu of, interpreting services. CART writers can join classes remotely. In order to join a course meeting remotely, the CART writer should receive the meeting link in advance of a class meeting. Additionally, if breakout rooms are used during a class session, the CART writer should be placed in the same room as the student who requested the interpreter. Lastly, CART writers can be added to Canvas courses as Observers as email@example.com so that they receive course updates and information along with the student who has requested CART.
Note-taking and Copies of Notes
As part of their accommodation plan, a student may request a peer note-taker. If a peer note-taker is requested by the student, please post the following announcement in Canvas: “If you take clear, concise notes and are willing to share a copy with a student, please let me know and I will connect you with Meghan Sellet (firstname.lastname@example.org) from the Accessibility Resource Center. ARC will compensate you for your work. Thank you.” If a peer note-taker cannot be recruited and/or instructor notes are not available, please reach out to ARC so that the staff can work with you and your student to reach a resolution.
ARC offers proctoring for ARC-affiliated students, and is not the only — or even preferred option. Being proctored by the instructor provides the student with immediate access to the instructor if there are any questions about the exam. If that is not possible, however, ARC proctoring may be another option. For more information on ARC proctoring, and to schedule proctoring, please go to the ARC proctoring webpage at arc.tcnj.edu/proctoring.