In accor­dance with Fed­eral and VT state reg­u­la­tions, stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties may not be denied access to VTVLC as an edu­ca­tional option. VTVLC has guide­lines regard­ing access for stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties. Indi­vid­ual stu­dent fac­tors are taken into con­sid­er­a­tion along with the student’s request to enroll in desired courses. All rea­son­able and appro­pri­ate requests for accom­mo­da­tions within the VTVLC online learn­ing envi­ron­ment will be care­fully reviewed. Request for accom­mo­da­tions may include access to acces­si­ble instruc­tional mate­ri­als (AIM).Students iden­ti­fied as hav­ing an Indi­vid­ual Edu­ca­tion Plan (IEP) or hav­ing a 504 Plan, will be afforded accom­mo­da­tions in com­pli­ance with these guide­lines and cur­ricu­lum for VTVLC. Edu­ca­tional ser­vices may not remain at the same level as is doc­u­mented on the cur­rent IEP or 504Plan. There­fore, a vir­tual meet­ing will be held upon appli­ca­tion and/​or enroll­ment to VTVLC to dis­cuss ser­vices and accom­mo­da­tions requested by the student.

The coun­selor, case man­ager and team from the sending school must sup­port the student’s request to take a VTVLC course. The school-based team will ver­ify that the course(s) meets the aca­d­e­mic needs artic­u­lated in the student’s edu­ca­tion plan. Sim­i­larly, any request for course con­tent accom­mo­da­tions will also have to be ver­i­fied by the school based team. This process will be required for a stu­dent with a dis­abil­ity only request­ing accom­mo­da­tions via an IEP or 504 plan. The VTVLC pro­gram per­son­nel and the con­sult­ing VTVLC spe­cial edu­ca­tion coor­di­na­tor will con­duct an indi­vid­ual review regard­ing each request for access or con­tent accom­mo­da­tions. This review will deter­mine if the request is rea­son­able, appro­pri­ate or fea­si­ble within an online learn­ing envi­ron­ment. The send­ing school team may deter­mine the need for addi­tional school-based ser­vices beyond those pro­vided in the vir­tual learn­ing environment.
Depend­ing on the nature and the extent of those addi­tional ser­vices the VTVLC per­son­nel, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the send­ing school per­son­nel, will deter­mine if VTVLC is a good match for the student.
It is impor­tant to note that in gen­eral, access to course con­tent for stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties, may be fur­ther enhanced by the expec­ta­tion that VTVLC courses may offer stu­dents alter­na­tives such as: mul­ti­ple means of rep­re­sen­ta­tion so that learn­ers have var­i­ous options for acquir­ing infor­ma­tion, mul­ti­ple means of expres­sion so that learn­ers have alter­na­tive ways to show that learn­ing has occurred, and mul­ti­ple means of engage­ment to increase moti­va­tion and tap into stu­dents’ interests.
The fol­low­ing list pro­vides sam­ples of pos­si­ble accom­mo­da­tions for each of these three dimensions.

Mul­ti­ple Means of Rep­re­sen­ta­tion

Con­tent pre­sented in video, audio, slide show
Read­ing mate­ri­als with AIM resources (text-​to-​speech, high­light­ing, large font, etc.)
Trans­la­tion for non­-na­tive speak­ers (ELL stu­dents)
Graphic rep­re­sen­ta­tions such as con­cept maps and graphic orga­niz­ers
Illus­tra­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tions such as dia­grams and simulation

Mul­ti­ple Means of Expres­sion

Alter­na­tive forms of text input: (speech-​to-​text, switches, touch pads, etc)
Media-​based assign­ments (draw­ings, maps, dia­grams, videos, etc)
Reduced text assign­ments (out­lines, con­cept maps, tables, graphs, etc)
Sup­port­ive tools: spelling and gram­mar check­ers, draw­ing pro­grams, out­lin­ers
Acces­si­ble social net­work­ing options (acces­si­ble twit­ter etc.)

Mul­ti­ple Means of Engage­ment
Threaded dis­cus­sions
Brain­storm­ing activ­i­ties
Peer/​Team inquiry projects
On line (vir­tual) exper­i­ments

Addi­tional Possible Accom­mo­da­tion Options
Captioned video resources with tran­script avail­able.
Text tran­scripts for audio resources.
TTS and/​or high­light­ing soft­ware.
Minimization of unnecessary graphics.
Alter­na­tive pre­sen­ta­tions, including graphic pre­sen­ta­tions of instruc­tional con­tent.
Alter­na­tive nav­i­ga­tion tools.
Web resources eval­u­ated specif­i­cally for accessibility.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact:
Jeff Renard, Director VTVLC
(802) 8885-8331