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
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