Online Disability Accommodations: Faculty Experiences at One Public University

Phillips, Amy; Terras, Katherine; Swinney, Lori; Schneweis, Carol
December 2012
Journal of Postsecondary Education & Disability;Winter2012, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p331
Academic Journal
As the number of postsecondary students with disabilities in online courses continues to rise, it is important that faculty and their institutions continue to assess their ability to provide online accommodations. In this study, researchers examined the online accommodation experiences of faculty at one public university. Roughly 24% of faculty said they had made accommodations for students with verified disabilities and 15% reported experience with making online accommodations for students who stated they had disabilities but had not been verified through Disability Services. Due to their limited experience at making online accommodations, a majority (54%) of faculty were unsure whether they had the knowledge, technology, and support to handle online accommodations. Faculty recommended ongoing support and training for new and experienced faculty, and they also asserted that students needed assistance in increasing awareness of their own responsibilities and of available university resources.


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