Resources for Faculty and Instructors

Indiana University is committed to providing students, faculty, staff, and visitors access to all university programs, activities, and facilities.

Federal law and IU Policy prohibits discrimination against students with disabilities.  IU has an ADA policy, services, and procedures in place to assist IU faculty and staff in meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

While faculty and instructors are ultimately responsible for the accessibility of their courses, there are offices serving students with disabilities on each campus, in addition to the IU Assistive Technology and Accessibility Center (ATAC), that can serve as a valuable resource if you have questions about delivering accommodations to students in your classroom.  UITS Assistive Technology and Accessibility Centers recently created resources for instructors, including guidance on creating accessible Word documents, PDFs, PowerPoints and Canvas sites.  Additionally, Disability Services for Students (DSS) Faculty Resources and Adaptive Educational Services (AES) Faculty Resources provide helpful tips for faculty and instructors.

Students with disabilities must be able to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as students without disabilities and be able to do so in a manner that is equally integrated (provided at the same time and not separate), equally effective (provides equal opportunity), and of a substantially equivalent ease of use (should not be more difficult).

It’s important that students with disabilities know that services are available to them.

  • Include a statement in the course syllabus (recommended language will open in new window) inviting students with the need for accommodation to contact the to contact the campus office serving students with disabilities and stating accommodations must be arranged with that office.
  • Read the statement aloud when reviewing the syllabus in class.

If a student reports having difficulty accessing course materials due to a disability (for example, accessing a website, video, software, etc.) or has disability related complaints:

  • Do not doubt the validity of the student’s statements.
  • Remember you cannot ask a student to disclose his or her disability.
  • Refer the student to the campus office for students with disabilities right away.
  • Contact the campus office for students with disabilities if you have questions or concerns.

To learn more, take the training module, "ADA Awareness for Faculty" in Canvas.  The course is available for direct enrollment, but please note that learners will need to log into Canvas to complete enrollment.  Learners have the option to experience an interactive story or review materials in a “just-the facts” format and take a brief quiz with course completion resulting in a badge.