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Campus Group Works to Enhance Statewide Instructional Accessibility Goals
November 27, 2015
The University of Tennessee(UT) System recently adopted a policy that
reiterates its commitment to providing and supporting a teaching and
learning environment that is accessible to all.
The policy requires that all campuses and institutes provide information,
materials, and technology that are accessible to individuals with
disabilities, including those who use assistive technologies. The
Accessibility Policy went into effect on October 16.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has charged a team of faculty, staff, and students
to develop a strategy to exceed policy requirements and further the campus’s
accessibility goals. Heather Hartman, summer sessions coordinator is
chairing the accessibility implementation team. The team has worked to
launch a new website to promote awareness and provide resources for the
"We have developed an accessibility program for the Knoxville campus that
complies with the requirements and recently convened faculty, staff, and
student focus groups to review and comment on the draft. The resulting
program will include a timeline and proposed budget to address some of the
more challenging issues we face in achieving accessibility on a campus this
size," said Hartman.
Hartman said that part of the focus involves helping faculty to provide
instructional materials including accessible documents, alternate format
textbooks with accessible support materials, and closed-captioned or
scripted videos for all students.
"Reaching some of our goals will have a longer horizon and will be
accomplished in phases based on established priorities," she said.
Next semester, faculty will receive information from the Tennessee Teaching
and Learning Center about workshops promoting Universal Design for Learning,
which makes courses more accessible overall for everyone. More information
can be found under the Training Opportunities tab on the website.
If you have questions, please contact Heather Hartman, hhartman.