Accessibility

The RIT community is committed to access and inclusion for members of the Disability and/or Deaf communities. Accessibility is of critical importance as we transition to online and alternative methods of course delivery.

Students with disabilities always have the right to reasonable accommodations, regardless the format in which classes are delivered.Accommodations for students currently registered with the Disability Services Office and/or the NTID Department of Access Services remain in place.

In addition, students may request new or changed accommodations at any point during their education. Students may experience different accommodation needs as they shift to virtual coursework.

Anyone encountering disability-related barriers is warmly encouraged to reach out to the following offices:

Disability Services Office (DSO)

Disability Services Office (DSO) Website

dso@rit.edu

  • Students who have never worked with the Disability Services Office may request accommodations at any time by completing the Disability Services Request Form.
  • Students already registered with the Disability Services Office may request changes to their accommodations by scheduling a meeting with Disability Services Office staff.
  • For more specific information about accommodations and accessibility for both students and faculty, visit this page.

NTID Department of Access Services (DAS)

In the transition to online and alternative methods of course delivery, please note the following:

  • DAS service provider information can be found in myCourses or http://myaccess.rit.edu.    
  • Captionists will be responsible for emailing students the URL to view captioning. 
  • Notes will be uploaded to myaccess.rit.edu as usual.
  • Questions for captioning may be directed to RTCfyi@rit.edu.
  • Questions for interpreting may be directed to rxpnss@rit.edu.

Spectrum Support Program (SSP)

ssp@rit.edu

  • Students currently enrolled with the Spectrum Support Program will continue to receive coaching support via an online platform beginning the week of March 23rd, 2020.  
  • Although we are not able to enroll additional students at this time, the Spectrum Support Program can provide some limited support to students on the autism spectrum who are not officially enrolled in the SSP. 
  • Students may request an online meeting with SSP staff via Calendly:  https://calendly.com/spectrumsupportprogram


Do my accommodations still apply in the online environment?
Yes, students with disabilities always have the right to reasonable accommodations, regardless whether classes are hosted in person or online. Accommodations for students currently registered with the Disability Services Office will remain in place.

 

FAQs

Yes, unless your instructor is using text-based MyCourses instruction, in which case there is no need for access services. You do not need to make a new request for services that were provided to you before the break. Interpreting, captioning and/or notetaking through the Department of Access Services (DAS) will be provided for live classes using Zoom and BlueJeans platforms.  

If you have any questions regarding real-time captioning, email rtcfyi@rit.edu. If you have any questions regarding interpreting, email rxpnss@rit.edu 

To make a request for access services, you can enter your request at myaccess@rit.edu. You can also text the DAS scheduling office at 585-204-6856. 

The Disability Services Office will continue to provide this accommodation for courses where there is real-time virtual instruction. In classes where information is presented in an asynchronous format (not in real-time), note-taking will not be provided.

Yes, however, the Disability Services Office will not be involved in administering online or in-person exams for students with extended time. You must communicate your extended time accommodation clearly to your faculty, who will be able to manually adjust the allotted time for your tests in MyCourses in accordance with your approved accommodations.

Flexibility accommodations like “extended time on assignments” and “flexibility in attendance” will, as usual, require clear communication, advance planning, and negotiation of details between students and their instructors. If classes move to asynchronous formats, accommodations for flexible attendance will not be applicable. Familiarize yourself with the new format and guidelines of your online course and talk with your instructors if you have questions. 

Yes, you may request accommodations at any point during your education. You may find you have different accommodation needs as we make the shift to virtual course delivery. If you encounter disability-related barriers in the context of online education (or for any other reason), you are warmly encouraged to reach out to the Disability Services Office to discuss accommodation possibilities and other ways we can support you. 

  • Students do not need to be on campus to request accommodations or work with the Disability Services Office. You may request new accommodations or changes to current accommodations at any time.

While RIT classes are being delivered online, the Accessible Van Service will not be operational. 

  • This is a very difficult and complicated time for the entire RIT global community. Please know that the DSO is here for you, we understand the importance of accessibility at any time, and we look forward to working together to address issues and answer questions as they arise. 
  • The move to an online or distance learning environment may pose unique challenges for people with disabilities, and the DSO and our partners across campus are working to anticipate needs, educate faculty, and support students to the very best of our abilities. 
    • Instructors are being encouraged to be flexible with students and to communicate their expectations clearly. 
    • Students are encouraged to communicate openly with their instructors and advocate for their needs. Reaching out to instructors is recommended even if you have had conversations with them about accommodations in the past. If you encounter a new access barrier in the online learning environment, please reach out to the DSO for help.
    • Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) is available to students in distress and/or connect them to mental health providers in their home communities.