Accessible Environments and Disability Accommodations - 207.2
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock|
|Policy Name: Accommodation Responsibilities|
|Policy Number: 207.2|
|Effective Date: August 17, 1995|
UALR is committed to meeting the needs of students, employees, visitors, alumni, and other stakeholders with disabilities. This policy outlines who is responsible for providing accommodations, and who is responsible for funding them.
UALR strives to provide a usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable environment free from all discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of disability. In keeping with this the following procedures have been put in place to provide delineation of responsibility for providing accommodation.
Interpreters and Transcribers
Disability Resource Center (DRC):
- Schedule and pay for interpreters for academic courses, assignments, labs, field trips related to course work and tutoring sessions.
- Provide contact information for interpreters/transcribers upon request as resources for other units.
- Schedule and pay for interpreters/transcribers for employees at department meetings and work-related assignments when not included in department budget. (Please give DRC two-weeks advance notice.) This will be for the duration of the first fiscal year of the employee’s employment at UALR. Beyond that time period, the department is responsible for budgeting for this expense.
- Upon request, schedule and pay for interpreters for UALR-sponsored off-campus or on-campus social events or programs that are not directly related to an academic class, such as workshop, organizational meetings, and other campus programs or events when not covered in department/unit budgets as indicated below.
- Schedule and pay for interpreters for programs and events financed by fees or ticket sales. For example, the Theater Department and Student Activities budget for this and will continue to do so.
- Budget for interpreters for employees for usual department meetings and events after these needs have been established.
Human Resources Services (HRS):
- Schedule and pay for interpreters for applicants and interviews.
- Text books, other readings for class (tape, disk or braille).
- Exams, class handouts, departmental/unit publications, brochures, flyers, etc. (tape, disk, large print or braille).
- Copies of overheads (handed out to student in accessible medium before class starts).
- Request captioned videos.
Adaptive Equipment/Materials Department/Unit:
- 3-D models, tape recorders, lab equipment, Braille paper, etc. under $500.
- Accessibility needs incorporated into renovations.
- Maintenance and repair of equipment purchased by CADA or other funding and housed in the department/unit.
- Purchase of major equipment not within the department’s/unit’s funding possibilities.
- Notification on all publications of how to request accommodations.
- Request accommodations in a timely manner. Student must provide documentation of disability for classroom accommodation.
- When you assist or contract with an outside organization to use UALR facilities, have a signed agreement with the organization that they will provide accommodations such as interpreters and alternative formats if needed. (If you do not do this, you run the risk of having to pay for these accommodations yourself.)
If departments feel they cannot fund an accommodation, they should request assistance within their chain of command, i.e., from Dean to Vice Chancellor.
As stated in the Web Accessibility Policy, as revised June 12, 2008, we are to make “…UALR Web page information and online course material … accessible to persons with disabilities in order to provide them with effective communication through the Internet.”
Therefore, all UALR departments and colleges are responsible for posting web content that is accessible. Visual elements, such as photographs, should be described, and auditory elements, such as videos or audiostreams, should be captioned or at a minimum transcribed. No inaccessible information will be posted to any ualr.edu site. For resources on making multimedia accessible, please visit ualr.edu/disability. The financial burden is with the department or college posting the content.
Captioning of videos shown in the classroom
Regarding purchase of multimedia products, departments are to purchase only products that are accessible (i.e. captioned). For existing materials that are not accessible, the department owning the media will pay the expense of purchasing an accessible version, or of having the existing DVD captioned. For resources on making multimedia accessible, please visit ualr.edu/disability.
Bowen School of Law
Coordination of accommodations for the Bowen School of Law will be through the UALR Disability Resource Center. The law school will reimburse the DRC for expenses incurred upon receipt of invoice from the DRC. Such expenses would most commonly be incurred by the use of sign language interpreters, speech-to-text transcription, and the cost of converting textbooks to digital format, although this is not an exhaustive list.
Source: ADA & University-wide Administrative Memo, August 17, 1995
Revised: June 8, 2010
Approved By: Dr. Joel Anderson
Custodian: Disability Resource Center