USC Faculty and Staff
Below is information for faculty and staff for ways to make classes, activities, and events user-friendly for students with disabilities.
You can start with this brief but helpful information guide (PDF) for general information and a few common questions.
Faculty and Staff are encouraged to discuss accommodations with students at the beginning of each semester. Faculty may wish to include one of the following statements on their syllabi:
- “Any student with a documented disability should contact the Office of Student Disability Services at 777-6142 to make arrangements for appropriate accommodations.”
- “Students with Disabilities: The University of South Carolina provides high-quality services to students with disabilities, and we encourage you to take advantage of them. Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should: (1) Register with and provide documentation to the Office of Student Disability Services in LeConte College Room 112A, and (2) Discuss with the instructor the type of academic or physical accommodations you need. Please do this as soon as possible. *All course materials are available in alternative format upon request*“
Blackboard Support and Test Availability Exceptions
Blackboard Availability Options and Exceptions – A video about Test Options and how to set exceptions (e.g. extended test time) for specific students.
Blackboard Test Options – Blackboard article about adding extended test time to online tests for students that receive that accommodation from our office
To ask questions, report problems, or make suggestions related to Blackboard:
- Call: 803-777-1800
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow these steps to improve the accessibility of your Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files as well as PDF files and videos you create.
Make sure your website is accessible by using this checklist. Visit other helpful links that are included in this document.
Understand how a screen reader works and the best practices for making Web sites, documents, and PDF files accessible for people that are blind or visually-impaired.
Follow these guidelines when creating a document or Web page. Here’s a large print document example.
Learn how to make content in Microsoft Word accessible. Feel free to follow this accessible class syllabus example.
Learn ways to create accessible Adobe PDFs. You will also be shown how to best convert Word documents to PDF. *Note: Though PDF files can be made accessible, it is best to post a Word document version of the file alongside the PDF whenever possible. A Word document is more usable and reliable than a PDF document when read by a screen reader.
Learn how to make Microsoft PowerPoint files accessible for your students.
Sign Language & Real-Time Captioning Request
- Sign Language Interpreter / Captioning Request Form – Complete this form to provide details related to the event in need of a sign language interpreter and/or captioning.
Accessible USC Events
Accessible USC Events Guidelines (PDF) – Follow these guidelines to have simple and successful events for everyone.
Assistive Technology & Web Accessibility
- Videos on the DO-IT AccessCollege: The Faculty Room – These DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center videos are aimed towards higher education and all topics related to it.