There’s been a lot of discussion about online access recently. Can you explain the difference between the accessibility standard for websites and accommodations for online classes?

UC Berkeley is required to ensure that anything posted in public forums (for example, University websites or YouTube Channels) is fully accessible to persons with disabilities and can be accessed using assistive technology ( i.e. screen readers) and also includes video captions.  Any information that is posted in your official university capacity that is visible to any member of the public must meet this accessibility standard. 

Online courses or websites that are only accessible to registered students must provide accommodations as described in the student’s letter of accommodations.  This may include: live captioning for lectures, video captioning, accessible documents (documents formatted for access with assistive technology), extra time for timed online exams, and more.  If you have questions about any accommodation, please contact the Disability Specialist who signed the letter of accommodation.  

Faculty are encouraged to consider creating accessible courses, and there are many resources on our website to assist with that.  For video captioning without an accommodation request, please work with your department.