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Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services coordinates University services to students with special needs and maintains appropriate documentation and records for students with disabilities.

For information on Accessibility Services, please contact Counseling and Accessibility Services (843) 208-8375 or accessibility@uscb.edu.

Deidre Miller, MEd, NCC
Counselor
Accessibility Services Coordinator
ddmiller@uscb.edu or accessibility@uscb.edu
(843) 208-8375

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FAQ's during COVID-19

Student FAQ
Q: Is Accessibility Services open?   

All student appointments will be conducted via phone or virtually until further notice. Testing Center will not be proctoring exams while virtual instruction is in place at USCB.

If you have a question or concern, please contact Deidre Miller at ddmiller@uscb.edu or 843-208-8375.

Q: What happens now that exams are online? How do I get extended time for an online exam?  

Accessibility Services will not be proctoring exams while the University’s instruction remains online only. Please communicate with your instructors to discuss your exam accommodations in their courses.  

  • Some instructors may opt for alternative assessments (e.g. essays, untimed exams) which would not require exam accommodations.  
  • If your instructor is creating online timed exams, please notify your instructor if you will need extended time. Academic departments are responsible for setting up extended testing time in Blackboard.

Accessibility Services is available to instructors and students to consult about unique circumstances.  Contact Deidre Miller at ddmiller@uscb.edu or 843-208-8375.

Instructor FAQ  
Q: As I am adapting my course materials for virtual instruction, what should I be considering with regards to Accessibility access? How do I best support my students? 

We acknowledge the significant effort required to quickly adapt your courses to online instruction. We want to collaborate with you to ensure that access for students with disabilities is maintained through this transition. Some students may encounter disability-related barriers with online instruction or assessment (e.g. students who use assistive technology, students with medical limitations on screen usage). Accessibility Services staff are available for consultation regarding best practices and accessibility. Please contact Deidre Miller at ddmiller@uscb.edu or 843-208-8375.

Below are some tips to keep in mind as you are creating virtual course content:

  • Use clear, consistent layouts and organization schemes for presenting content, and make instructions and expectations clear for activities, projects, and assigned reading.  
  • Offer outlines, scaffolding tools, and adequate opportunities for practice to help students learn. 
  • When selecting new materials, try to find videos that are already captioned, and articles that are available in a text-searchable format (meaning you can highlight and search the text within the document.
  • Images can be made accessible to blind and low-vision students by providing captions or inserting alt text into the image. Use large, bold fonts on uncluttered pages with plain backgrounds and color combinations that are high contrast.  
  • Provide flexibility and understanding as this experience may cause disruption to the student’s home life and available resources – which may negatively impact a student’s disability symptoms.   

Q: How will exam accommodations work? Will Accessibility Services proctor online exams?  

Extended time on exams as an accommodation generally only applies to traditional, time-limited exams. If you decide to offer alternative means of assessment (e.g. essays, non-timed exams, project work), then a student’s extended time may no longer be applicable. We encourage you to speak with registered students if that is the case. 

The Testing Center will not be proctoring exams while the University’s instruction remains online only.  All exams should be administered online or through other remote assessment methods by faculty. Academic departments are responsible for setting up extended testing time in Blackboard.  This document explains how to extend time for a test in Blackboard.

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Please communicate with your students to discuss their exam accommodations in your courses. Accessibility Services is available to instructors and students to consult. 

Accessibility Services is one of the support services provided by the Student Development Department. The University of South Carolina Beaufort believes academically qualified individuals with disabilities should have equal opportunity and access to a quality college education. We are actively involved in fostering an environment that encourages full participation by students with disabilities in every segment of the University. Accessibility Services facilitates services and accommodations to meet the various needs of students with disabilities at the University, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

All students must meet the same admissions criteria. Our office does not determine the acceptance of students to USCB For further information on admission requirements, please contact Admissions at (843) 208-8055.


South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation

South Carolina residents may be eligible for assistance through the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation.
SC Vocational Rehabilitation may be able to assist you with education-related assessments and materials, if you are deemed to have a disability.

Click on the link below for further information:
https://scvrd.net/


 

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