Potential Barriers to Access

The traditional method of testing can present a barrier for some students with disabilities, which is why instructors may need to provide accommodations such as extended time for exams and/or testing in a reduced-distraction environment.

Providing students with a variety of options to demonstrate their mastery of course material may benefit individuals who have disabilities, as well as those who have test anxiety or for whom English is a second language. 

For traditional in-class exams, the amount of time set aside for the exam is often the barrier; providing all students extended time for tests is an inclusive approach and typically requires no extra work for the instructor. 

Please contact the DRC if you would like to make changes to your course design or have further discussions about what options are available.

Listed below are institutionally-supported practices that create a more accessible and inclusive learning experience for all students:

Classroom Access

  • Include the required syllabus statement for access on all course syllabuses
  • Ensure Sign Language Interpreters or CART writers have appropriate seating in the classroom
  • Accessible transportation is available for field trips as requested

Exams and Learning Assessments

Partner with DRC to ensure all student assessments/exams are accessible. Options include:

  • Coordinating accommodations yourself within the classroom, office or department
  • Arranging for DRC to administer classroom exams with accommodations
  • Designing student assessment activities that minimize the need for accommodations

Accessible Course Materials and Content

Creating accessible materials ensures they can be read by a variety of users, including people who use assistive technology, such as screen readers, screen magnification and text-to-speech software. They are also are easier to access on a variety of newer devices, including smartphones, e-readers, iPads and other mobile devices, because the text “reflows” to fit the screen.

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Email: drc@purdue.edu 
Location: YONG Room 830
155 South Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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