ASL Interpreter helping a student and professor communicate in class
Professor presenting a slideshow to his class
Guest speaker, Ken Petry, speaks at a past Access MU symposium to a large audience
The varsity hockey team glides across the ice with members of the Best Buddies Choir

Faculty and Staff Support

You may be hearing more about the issue of accessibility and in particular, how it affects you as a faculty or staff member. We are striving to keep you informed and hope you will take advantage of the various Miami resources available.

What does it mean to make communication accessible and why is it so important?

Communication is important. Everyone needs to know the expectations of both students and faculty. This is often communicated through the syllabus. What happens if the documentation isn't accessible and can't be viewed by all students? What happens if a students doesn't follow the syllabus and misses a critical piece of information only to respond by I couldn't access the material? Communication starts the precedent of the course, the professor and most importantly the students.

Why has accessibility suddenly become an issue?

It hasn't been sudden, but it may be more obvious as of late. Miami has provided accommodations and accessible text to students for many years. With the most recent news of the decree, individuals may be hearing more about accessibility. So, what do you need to do about it? The Roles and Responsibilities section covers this in more detail. If you're faculty and wanting to create an accessible document, we have many How-To options.

What is Miami doing to establish policy and encourage 508 compliance?

Miami is working hard at building accessibility into the infrastructure of the school. In doing so, IT has a program, Accessible Technology Services, that is working to provide more detailed and specific information to help answer this. In the meantime you'll see guidelines, best practices and policies coming out to help establish a University compliance.