Message regarding COVID-19 outbreak 03.25.20

Is the SDC open?

  • The Student Disability Center (SDC) office is officially closed as of Monday, March 23. However, contact with SDC staff will be either by phone (970-491-6385) or virtually (sdc@colostate.edu) during our usual business hours Monday thru Friday, 7:45am-4:45pm
  • We are in the process of creating a live Chat function for our website that will be monitor by SDC staff.  And we will all be using email so don’t hesitate to reach out.
  • From our website, you can always contact us via the “Contact Us” link
  • You may get calls from our office from Blocked numbers because we are all working from home. Please still answer these phone numbers for your phone appointments, as it may be us!

Students:

Students with Compromised Immune Systems:

Contact your Accommodation Specialist to discuss your specific situation and any additional accommodation needs. If you don’t know who your Specialist is, call 970-491-6385 or email sdc@colostate.edu.

How do I prepare for the transition to Online courses?

The university has also created a website, Keep Learning, for all students.  It has good information as to how to make a successful transition to online courses.

What if I experience access barriers to my Online course?

We understand that online courses may not automatically include all the access needs for every student, though the SDC is working with campus partners such as TILT, ATRC, and Administration to ensure Canvas accessibility for online courses. If you experience barriers to accessing your online classes, please reach out to your Accommodation Specialist immediately. Here’s some additional resources:

  • Screen overlays are useful to limit visual fatigue and onset of headache/migraine.
  • Take frequent breaks from the computer to reduce eye strain and fatigue.
  • If you find the amount of text on the screen overwhelming, use this free app to break up the text to make it easier to read.
  • If you need a free screen reader for support with a visual impairment, try Non-Visual Desktop Assistant to assist in navigating your courses.
  • If you need a text-to-speech program to read aloud any exams, text, or PowerPoints in class, try the free Natural Reader program and customize the voices, upload documents, and select your speed.

For more suggestions or additional support, please contact your Accommodation Specialist or Report an Access Barrier to your Online Course.

How do I access my electronic text?

For students who receive Accessible Text from Nico, this accommodation will still be in operation. Please contact Nico Gowdy if you have specific questions or concerns at Nico.Gowdy@colostate.edu.

Need Electronic Book Files?
In light of the response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and many schools moving to online/distance learning – many publishers have made digital versions of their books available for free to anyone who has an edu email address. Their digital books are available on RedShelf and VitalSource. Each person can get up to 7 digital books for free until May 25.

Also, Wiley is offering free access to WileyPlus. See this article for details.

VitalSource Instructions:
1. Go to www.vitalsource.com and create an account if you don’t already have one. Make sure to use your edu email address.
2. Login and click on “My Bookshelf” in top right corner.
3. Then click on Explore in the top left corner.
4. Search for the book you need and add it to your Bookshelf and start reading.

RedShelf Instructions:
1. Go to www.redshelf.com and create an account if you don’t already have one. Make sure to use your edu email address.
2. Login and go to https://www.about.redshelf.com/redshelfresponds
3. Scroll down a little and click on the button, “Access Free eBooks”
4. Search for the book you need and ‘view details’ and then ‘Add to My Shelf’

Will the Alternative Testing Center be open?

Alternative Testing Accommodations:

Due to the Covid-19 Situation, Alternative Testing at the Student Disability Center will not be open for in person exams for the remainder of the semester. Once CSU opens the university to in person classes Alternative Testing will be open and looking forward to seeing you.

If you are having any issues receiving accommodations or you are concerned about specific accommodations being possible with online exams, please let your accommodation specialist know as soon as possible so they advocate on your behalf.

Alternative Testing and the Student Disability Center cannot wait to welcome you back to campus when the time comes!

How will I receive my exam accommodations?

In addition, taking exams online may be a challenge for some of you. Due to the Covid-19 Situation, Alternative Testing at the Student Disability Center will not be open for in-person exams for the remainder of the semester. If you are having any issues receiving accommodations or you are concerned about specific accommodations being possible with online exams, please let your accommodation specialist know as soon as possible.

If students have the following accommodations with the SDC, we encourage students to reach out to  their Accommodation Specialist immediately to discuss accommodations for online exams:

  • Exams requiring paper
  • Braille or alternate format printed exams
  • Adjustable desks (if not available at home)
  • Scribe/reader for exams
  • Identifying assistive technology to use on personal computer
  • Other exam accommodations which may limit access online

Exam and quiz time extensions will be implemented by professors on the Canvas exams for students approved with this accommodation.

With the transition to online exams, the following accommodations can be self-provided from home/remotely:

  • Exam room with limited distraction environment
  • Small conference room (3-4 people)
  • Room alone
  • Non-fluorescent lighting
  • Breaks during exams
  • Snacks and water during exams
  • Use of fidget device during exams
  • Use of computer on exams
  • Use of calculator on exams
  • Assistance with scantron (scantrons typically will not be needed for Canvas exams)
  • Note-card for memory cues

Students who have limited access to the internet are encouraged to check out Comcast Internet Essentials package, which provides 15MG of internet per month for $9.95 plus tax.

How will I get access to interpreting, transcriptions, or note-taking?

For students using note taker support, class transcribers or sign language interpreters, these accommodations will still be provided. Contact Dede.Kliewer@colostate.edu, our coordinator for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Accommodations if you have any concerns or need more information.

What about my Housing Accommodations?

University Housing is consolidating residence halls and staff for when students return to campus March 25. When a consolidation plan is finalized, all existing accommodations will be met in that process based on who tells us that they are staying. All students will have their own room, so that will meet many of the needs.

Faculty:

Faculty are encouraged to consult with the Keep Teaching website for support with accommodations and accessibility in online courses.

For information about legal requirements for digital accessibility, you can view this short informational webinar on Online Education and Website Accessibility from the Office of Civil Rights.

How do I provide Remote Access?

How do I provide Exam Extensions on Canvas?

  • If your exams are moving online or already are online and you need information on how to provide exam extension accommodations, please consult this resource on Canvas for how to extend time of exams for an individual student.
  • If a student needs to make up an exam or reschedule an exam due to a disability-related absence, you can find information here about how to provide an exam deadline extension to a student through Canvas.

How do I provide breaks during exams for Online exams?

  • If students are unable to take a break during an online exam and re-enter the exam later, then add an addition 50% of additional time to the online exam to allow students to take multiple breaks throughout the exam without compromising the exam itself.

How do I make my course Online?

  • If you are a faculty member attempting to prepare for transition to an online course through Canvas, please follow these suggestions for instructors on how to make your course online.

How do I make my Online course accessible?

  • If you are moving your course online, please consult with the Canvas Accessibility guidelines for how to make your Canvas course accessible.
  • In collaboration with the Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC), a message has been sent to all faculty with recommendations on behalf of the Provost to keep access and accommodation in mind as they build/convert their courses to Canvas. Specifically, we recommended the following:
    • Design for asynchronous delivery.
    • Record your lectures and have them available for more than two weeks.
    • Caption and transcribe recorded lectures.
    • Be sure that all content is accessible.
    • Provide access and accommodation for exams.
    • Be able to alert Proctor U of any accommodations needs.

What if I am implementing lecture capture for my online course?

Lecture capture through programs like Kaltura do have limited auto-generated captioning. However, this captioning is not accurate enough for a student with a hearing impairment to be able to fully access the lecture content. Auto generated captions are not intended as an accommodation.

  • Faculty can edit their own captions through Kaltura as long as the lecture content was created by them.
  • For outsourcing captioning of videos, we encourage faculty to utilize 3PlayMedia, which will caption videos within a standard 4-day period (1-day rush is additional cost).

If captioning is needed as part of an accommodation, please contact the SDC about any support you need for captioning your lectures so that students with hearing impairments receive the same information at the same time as the rest of the class.

SDC Staff Contacts:

Administrative Assistant, Brooke Simmons (Brooke.Simmons@colostate.edu)
Contact Brooke to make an appointment with SDC staff, ask general questions, or request more information.

Director, Rose Kreston (Rose.Kreston@colostate.edu)
Contact Rose for department-level policies or procedures, and appeals/grievances.

Assistant Director for Access & Accommodations, Brittany Otter (Brittany.Otter@colostate.edu)
Contact Brittany for changes/updates to your accommodations, advocating with faculty, and troubleshooting access barriers.

Accommodation Specialist, Amanda Wimmer (Amanda.Wimmer@colostate.edu)
Contact Amanda for changes/updates to your accommodations, advocating with faculty, and troubleshooting access barriers.

Accommodation Specialist, Kathleen Ivy (Kathleen.Ivy@colostate.edu)
Contact Kathleen for changes/updates to your accommodations, advocating with faculty, and troubleshooting access barriers.

Part-time Accommodation Specialist, Michael Marr (Michael.Marr@colostate.edu)
Contact Michael for changes/updates to your accommodations.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Coordinator, Dede Kliewer (Dede.Kliewer@colostate.edu)
Contact Dede for interpreting, transcribing, or note-taking accommodations and logistical planning with your professors.

Alternate Text Coordinator, Nico Gowdy (Nico.Gowdy@colostate.edu)
Contact Nico for electronic and alternate format textbooks.

Alternative Testing Coordinator, Alisha Zmuda (Alisha.Zmuda@colostate.edu)
Contact Alisha for questions related to the Alternative Testing Center and accommodations related to readers, scribes, ProctorU accommodations, or paper-based exams.

 

Note: Last Updated 03.20.2020