Accessibility Support Services

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Disability Services for Students

Disability Services for Students offers various auxiliary aids for distance learners. While using Blackboard, students are able to use a screen reading software program, such as JAWS or a screen magnifier such as Zoom Text software. These programs would be an accommodation for those students with disabilities enrolled in a distance education course. Other reasonable accommodations that may be provided are extra clock time to complete a timed test, extra time to complete homework assignments, talking calculators, electronic readers, and audio books while taking a distance learning class. From the Disability Services for Students webpage:

Disability Services may provide the following accommodations:

  • Accessible furniture in classrooms
  • Assistance in recruiting note takers
  • Assistance in ordering textbooks on CD
  • Assistance in recording textbooks when textbooks on CD are not available
  • Loans on Assistive Technology
  • Materials enlarged (e.g., exams, handouts)
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Alternative testing arrangements

Contact Information

Disability Services for Students
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm
Location: Student Center 118
Phone: (956) 326-3086
Fax: (956) 326-3083

Accessibility Support Services for Faculty

The following services are available for faculty:

  • Hoonuit video service.
    • All TAMIU faculty, staff and students have access to closed captioned videos on various training topics, from trainings on soft skills (plagiarism, citing, interviewing skills, etc.) to technical skills (trainings on Word, Excel, SPSS, etc.).
    • For access, Hoonuit videos may be found in Uconnect or Blackboard resources. Look for the Hoonuit icon to access the site. 
  • Training guides and sessions on how to make your course content accessible.
    • Accessibility Matters Online Training. Faculty teaching online are required to complete an online, self-paced workshop called "Accessibility Matters". This is assigned to faculty via TrainTraq and must be completed by deadline.
    • Accessibility Roadmap Checklist  (PDF). This document provides a checklist that assists a faculty member in verifying if they and their courses are accessibility-ready.
    • Accessibility Roadmap Appendix  (PDF). A detailed guide on how to make the following document types accessible.
      • PowerPoints
      • PDFs
      • Word Documents
    • Training Sessions. Contact elearning@tamiu.edu with your request for training on how to make your course content accessible. Training sessions can be one-on-one or in a group setting.
  • Video captioning/transcription services.
    • All videos posted online in eLearning (Blackboard) are required to be closed captioned and posted along with a transcript.
    • Contact elearning@tamiu.edu with your course details to get your videos captioned/transcribed.

Office of Information Technology
Instructional Technology & Distance Education Services
Killam Library, Room 259
Phone: (956) 326-2792
Fax: (956) 326-2299
E-mail: elearning@tamiu.edu