Accessibility Services and Distance Learning

Our top priority is to ensure as many resources and services as possible are available remotely so that student support can continue. Services will be adjusted as necessary in compliance with university guidelines and changing conditions. Please contact us if you need assistance with accommodation solutions for the distance education format.

Students

  • Students are encouraged to discuss their accommodations with their faculty members to determine how the accommodations will be applicable to the new online course format chosen.
    • Please reach out to Accessibility Services if you need assistance with accommodation solutions, or if accommodation updates/changes are needed based on the new format of a course.
  • Students can request Accommodation Letters for their remote courses using the Google Academic Accommodation Request Form.
    • Letters will be prepared and sent to the student via email.
    • The student should send the letter to their faculty via email and discuss arrangements for the accommodations.
  • Dean Patey and Crystal Rose Hill remain available for phone and online meetings with students who need support throughout the remainder of the semester. Please reach out to Accessibility Services if you would like to schedule a meeting.

Faculty

  • Students will be directed to share their Accommodation Letters with faculty via email if they have not provided a copy already this semester.
    • Discuss with each student who provided a letter how their accommodation will be applicable and provided based on the new format for each of your courses.
  • As you transition your course to an online format, please consider inclusive design and accommodations. Explore Access has helpful information on Designing an Accessible Online Course
    • Accessibility Services remains available to support faculty with providing accommodations to students. Please reach out to Accessibility Services if you need assistance with accommodation solutions for the distance education format.
  • Wesleyan’s ITS department has set up a website with Teaching Continuity information as you move your class to an online format.

Assistive Technology Resources for Online Learning

These are available for all Wesleyan users; if you have questions, please reach out to Accessibility Services.
View a complete list of available assistive technology here!

  • BeeLine Reader applies gradient colors to assist with eye tracking, speed, and focus while reading digital materials. *Free for Wesleyan users, you will find the links and directions for activating three BeeLine Reader products in your WesPortal, just search for “BeeLine”.
  • SensusAccess is a web application that converts documents from text or image-based files into accessible formats, such as searchable PDFs, audio & talking books, Braille, or ebooks. *Free for Wesleyan users, search for “Access” in your portal for a quick link to the Library’s Accessible Materials page.
    • The Sensus team will remain available to support users and reply to any queries you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact support@sensus.dk if you have questions or require support during these challenging times.
  • Microsoft Translator can also be used as a live captioning/translation tool with one “presenter” and up to 100 participants for up to 4 hours.
  • Otter.ai allows a user to create a personal transcription of a meeting or conversation for which they are present. You can also upload an audio file for transcription.
  • Glean is designed to make good note taking come naturally. By recording conversations and presentations, Glean enables users to capture everything while staying in the moment. Glean is used in Google Chrome. For more information, please watch this short introductory video for Glean.
    • Interested students, faculty, and staff can email Crystal Rose Hill at chill01@wesleayn.edu and ask for access to Glean; be sure to include your Wesleyan email address – this is where you will receive the invitation link.