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Accessibility Guidelines

In support of the THEC Accessibility Task Force recommendations submitted to the legislature in 2014, the Office of Academic Affairs and TN eCampus are engaging campuses in dialogue, training, and assessment activities to make our educational resources more accessible to more students.

THEC Accessibility Task Force Recommendations

Campus Resources

The following resources can be used for campuses in discussing accessibility, training faculty and staff to make materials accessible, and assessing each campus’ educational materials to meet accessibility standards:

Accessibility Specialists

The Vocational Rehabilitation Act section 504 and The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stipulate that post secondary institutions are responsible for providing necessary accommodations when a student discloses a disability.

The institution is required to provide students with appropriate academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services that are necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in a school’s program. Institutions are not required to make adjustments or provide aids or services that would result in a fundamental alteration of an academic program.

Providing Accommodations

Accommodations are reasonable academic adjustments or auxiliary aids that provide equal access to programs and services on an individual basis. Accommodations are requested by a person with a disability and determined to be reasonable on an individual basis by an appointed representative, often, in a disability services office. Extended time on tests or taking an exam in a minimal distraction area are examples of reasonable academic adjustments.

Initiating the Process

A student with a disability has a responsibility to initiate the accommodation process with the disability resource center or campus office if they wish to request a reasonable accommodation. The office determines whether the student is eligible for services and, if so, coordinates appropriate accommodations and services in consultation with the student, faculty and other professionals, as appropriate. All students must follow the policies and procedures and meet the graduation requirements of their particular program.


Please email Dr. Nicola Wayer for assistance.

Accessibility Training

All content developers, accessibility team members/trainers, faculty and staff across the TBR system are invited to participate in specialized accessibility training brought to each of the three regions (East, Middle and West Tennessee) on a rotating basis.
The training will address: 
  • Accessibility Initiative
  • Legal References for Accessible Design
  • Functional Accessibility Standards
  • Design Support and Resources
  • Accessibility Checklist/Rubric

See announcements on when and where an Accessibility Training Series will be coming to a location near you!

Need More Help?

If you need help with accessible development or you find inaccessible content in a course you are teaching, submit a ticket to the TN eCampus Helpdesk detailing course name and number, content issue, and where the inaccessible content resides within the course. A regional Accessibility Specialist will support you in any needed accessible development and/or remediation. Currently, our Regional Accessibility Specialists are:

East TNAlice Wershing – Pellissippi State Community College

Middle TNJimmy Williams – Middle Tennessee State University

West TNTodd Blankenbeckler – Southwest Tennessee Community College