The purpose of the Accessibility Resources office at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College is to partner with and support students with disabilities to achieve their academic and employment goals.
At UC Clermont College, we are committed every day to providing full and equal access to students with disabilities. Accessibility Resources provides assistance, appropriate accommodations or other specialized services for students with all types of non-temporary disabilities. We will provide “reasonable” accommodations as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
Below are some examples of disabilities that are eligible for services:
- Learning Disabilities
- Attention Deficit Disorder - ADD / ADHD
- Psychological - Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar, PTSD, OCD
- Medical/Chronic Illness - Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Crohn's, Migraines, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Sickle Cell
- Visual - Low Vision or Blind
- Hearing - Hearing Impaired or Deaf
- Physical - Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury
- Autism Spectrum / Autism / Asperger’s
- Cognitive - Brain Injury, Concussion
If you believe that you may have a disability that is not listed above, please reach out to our office to discuss your individual circumstances.
The mission of the University of Cincinnati Clermont College Accessibility Resources office is threefold:
- It seeks to ensure that all students with disabilities can freely and actively participate in all facets of college life.
- Through this effort, the office strives to provide and coordinate support services to maximize students' educational potential and develop their independence to the fullest extent possible by providing and coordinating support services.
- Finally, Accessibility Resources is dedicated to increasing disability awareness among the UC Clermont community so that students with differing abilities are able to perform at a level limited only by their abilities, not their disabilities.
Students who require academic accommodations due to a disability will initiate the registration process by completing an Online Application for Services.
Documentation is not required to register for services. However, if it is available, it can be a useful tool and help to ensure that the full consideration of the impact of your disability on the academic environment is considered.
Additionally, the reasonableness and necessity of requested accommodations may not be able to be determined without it, so students may be requested to provide documentation if:
- Documentation would help the student and AR staff identify barriers and workable solutions for accommodations
- Documentation would make the connection between the academic environment and the disability that is not readily apparent through the student’s narrative
We can accept documentation from a variety of sources including; IEPs, 504 Plans, psychological evaluations, medical records and letters provided by qualified medical professionals. The Good-to-Go documentation checker may help in determining if your documentation is sufficient.
Students may also request their medical professional complete a Medical Professional Disability Verification Form.
Once students have submitted their application, they will receive an email regarding the status of their application within 5 business days. This email will have instructions on how to schedule their intake meeting.
The intake meeting takes place with an Accommodation Coordinator (AC) and is a time when the student and AC discuss the impact of the disability within the academic setting and determine what accommodations are reasonable and appropriate to alleviate/eliminate them.
During the intake reasonable accommodations will be determined and registration will be complete. Intake meetings can take place in-person or remotely via phone, Teams or Zoom platforms.
To Qualify for Services
- Accommodation Form Request
- Grievance Procedure
- Accommodated Testing Procedures
- Accommodation Form Purpose and Explanation
- Communication Access Team (CAT) - CAT is capable of provides ASL/English Interpreting, CART services and closed captioning. More information and request forms are available at the link above.
- Alternative Format Request form - registered students may request alternative formats for their course materials
- Note Taker Request Form - If you are a student with authorized accommodations for a note taker, please attend the class to determine your note taking needs. Some classes provide detailed power point slides in advance which you might find sufficient. If you determine that you will need a note taker, please complete the form linked above.
- Accessible Technology
- National Center on Disability and Access to Education - Document Cheatsheets
- UC Accessibility Network
- IT@UC Knowledgebase for accessibility
- Make your Outlook email accessible to people with disabilities
- How can I give my students extra attempts or add extra time for tests and quizzes in Canvas?
- This link provides you with General Accessibility Design Guidelines in Canvas. There are examples/explanations on how to order headings, how to embed images, using descriptions rather than web links, proper use of color and more.
- UDOIT: The Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”) enables faculty to identify accessibility issues in their Canvas course content. It will scan a course, generate a report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility issues. The tool was created by the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
Canvas officially supports the following screen reader and browser combinations:
- Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
- PC: JAWS (latest version for Firefox)
- PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
- There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome
Official browser support means that these browsers are actively tested against Canvas code. Canvas may be able to be used in any other browser or screen reader not listed, but official support is not provided. Learn more about supported Canvas browsers.