UNO staff members do many things to increase accessibility of campus programs and activities for students with disabilities. The information below is meant to assist everyone on campus in these efforts. Of course, do not hesitate to contact the Disability Services Office with questions, concerns, or ideas for greater accessibility.
Equal Access: Universal Design of Advising This article by Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D. describes issues that academic advisors may consider when advising a student with a disability.
NACADA: Advising Students with Disabilities The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) has compiled resources for advisors regarding how to assist students with various types of disabilities including learning disabilities and psychological disorders.
Occassionally, a student may disclose their disability diagnosis to a staff member. This disclosure, like most student information, is confidential. If a student shares this information, please refer them to Disability Services for more information. Keep in mind that it is not appropriate to ask someone if they have a disability.
The types of disabilities commonly served by the Disability Services department include, but are not limited to: learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, visual impairments, deafness or hearing impairments, mobility impariments, chronic health conditions, and psychological disorders.
Consider using the tips below to make events accessible to people with disabilities. The first document provides an easy-to-follow list of things to consider to ensure an event is accessible. The second one is for speakers who wish to make their presentation accessible.
Equal opportunity cannot be achieved unless individual persons with disabilities are aware that such accommodations and adjustments are available. It is recommended that the following alternative format and accommodation statements be used where applicable.
1. Alternative Format Statement (This statement should be printed in an easy-to-read type size and placed in a location that is easy to notice.) "This publication is available in alternative format on request. Please call (insert telephone number)"
2. Accommodation Statement (This statement should be printed in any publication that describes a specific program or special event, e.g., seminar, film, speaker, performing arts series, employment programming, etc.) "UNO encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact (telephone number of the sponsor) in advance of your participation or visit."
3. Abbreviated Accommodation Statement (Use the abbreviated version only when space constraints are severe.) "Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact (telephone number of the sponsor) in advance of the program (or film, event, etc)."
Did you know that people who are blind or low vision can attempt to read websites with computer software called 'screen readers' that reads the page contents aloud and/or converts it to braille? People with color blindness, head injuries, and epilepsy should also be considered in website design choices. Many sites need a few adjustments to be accessible. Disability Services encourages each department to consider the accessibility of their website. For more information, check out these websites:
Access E-Learning http://www.accesselearning.net/
IT Training http://www.ittatc.org
Web Accessibility for All www.cew.wisc.edu/accessibility/