Images can be useful, when they supplement text. However, photos, illustrations, graphics, charts, maps, and other types of images present significant obstacles for learners who cannot see the images. All non-decorative images need alternative text (alt text) that helps viewers percieve and understand the image's content.
Descriptions are needed, too, for users on a slow internet connection. Without an effective description in place, an image is pointless.
Multimedia presentations are an effective strategy to engage students through visual and audible representations. They also present obstructions for students with visual and hearing impairments.
Use closed captions to support multimedia files when the significant content of the presentation is spoken. Captions allow students with hearing impairments to read on screen what is spoken while watching a presentation.
Use transcripts to support multimedia files when the significant content of a presentation is both spoken and visual — for example, a narrated PowerPoint presentations with embedded diagrams, charts, and other complex images. Transcripts that include the same complex images allow screen readers to read aloud dialog as well as the equivalent texts for the images.
Closed captions or transcripts also support learners whose first language might not be the same as the dialog or narration. Captions and transcripts also support students who may be studying in environments that are noisy and unable to hear the audio, such as a library where sound is discouraged.
Testing and Disability Services coordinates and provides many services for students, including:
Our facilites are constantly being updated for everyone to enjoy.
All auxiliary areas function with the goal to provide service to every student. Those areas which also serve employees have the same expectations.
Residence hall rooms are available which incorporate assistive devices for hearing impaired; other rooms are designed for students with limited mobility; and all shuttle buses include lift platforms.
The Office of Classroom and Event Services works with users who require accessible spaces. Call 706-721-0902 for assistance.
For faculty who would prefer a different floor, please submit the request to your department chair.