Student Accommodations During a Disruption

To find out how best to help our students with disabilities during a disruption, review ISU’s Student Accessibility Service’s Message Regarding COVID-19 page.

We understand that the shift from a face-to-face to a virtual course, may not automatically include all the access needs for every student. Nevertheless, the Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is working with campus partners and the administration to ensure accessibility for online courses. If you experience barriers to accessing your online classes, please reach out to SAS immediately (e-mail or call 515-294-7220).  Here are some additional resources:

  • Screen overlays are useful to limit visual fatigue and onset of headache/migraine.
  • Take frequent breaks from the computer to reduce eye strain and fatigue.
  • If you find the amount of text on the screen overwhelming, use this free app to break up the text to make it easier to read.
  • If you need a free screen reader for support with a visual impairment, try Non-Visual Desktop Assistant to assist in navigating your courses.
  • If you need a text-to-speech program to read aloud any exams, text, or PowerPoint in class, try the free Natural Reader program and customize the voices, upload documents, and select your speed.

For more suggestions or additional support from SAS, email or call 515-294-7220.

If you continue to experience barriers to access, contact ISU’s Office of Equal Opportunity via email or call l 515-294-7612.

Remember: Regardless of which of these tools you use, if you host virtual classes or meetings (e.g., Webex or Zoom web conferencing tools), they should be recorded for captioning for students. Instructors may not know whether students will need captioning accommodation, and Student Accessibility Services may reach out later for copies of your lecture to create transcripts and captions for enrolled students.

Experiencing an accessibility barrier at ISU?  Some concerns can be fixed immediately, while others may require long-term architectural and financial planning.  All entries, regardless of their scale and scope, are inputted into a database in order to analyze and prioritize the needs for upcoming projects. To bring accessibility concerns to the attention of the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO), complete this Barriers to Access web form with as much detail as possible when you encounter a barrier to access. You may also contact Equal Opportunity at 515-294-7612 or email

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