Student communicating with female staff member through assistive technology
A male student communicating via sign language to a female staff member
Dog guiding a visually impaired student

Faculty Resources


Pellissippi Policy 03:03:00 Selection of Instructional Materials  March 31,2014

Addresses accessibility requirements of all course content, alternate format books and materials in accordance with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Pellissippi Policy 00:04:00 Universal Design for Learning April 27, 2015

Addresses principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to be applied to course information and technology, as well as plans for faculty training.

Pellissippi Policy 08:13:04 College-Related Web and Social Media Development and Use  April 27, 2015

Addresses WCAG requirements for web page accessibility.

Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and Senate Bill 1692 (PDF)

Signed into Law on April 16, 2014


Instructional Materials Checklist:  Where to Start and Resources within Pellissippi 

Assistive Technology at Pellissippi

Section 504

A Guide to Accessible Purchasing

Locating Textbooks

When considering adopting new textbooks for courses, there are questions to ask the representative of the publisher to determine if their books are in an accessible format.  The following resources are available for guiding the process.  Please contact the Disability Services Office for further assistance.

Accessibility Results for Reading Systems

Buy Accessible

Resources from TBR:   Accessibility Initiative

Creating Documents

The Disability Services Office is in the process of formalizing a process for requesting technical assistance.  The following links can assist you in getting started in creating materials to meet the needs of all students.  Check the Technology Tools page and the Tip Sheets  for additional resources.

Sample syllabus statement

DO-IT Faculty Room

Universal Design for Learning

7 Things You Should Know About Universal Design for Learning

Online and Distance Learning

D2L 10.3 Accessibility User Guide

WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (paste the URL to test)

Additional Tools for Testing Websites

How to Meet WCAG 2.0 Standards

Fact Sheets for Making Accessible Distance Education

Designing Websites for All Users


Design Science Solutions


Describing Graphics and Images

Portland Community College Complex Image Accessibility

Portland Community College Subject Area Accessibility Study in Mathematics

Mobile Applications

What Accessibility Standards Apply to Mobile Applications?

Compliance and Legal Issues

Student use of Technology - DOE Issues Guidance on Rights of Students with Disabilities when Educational Institutions use Technology

Disability Information

Instructor Autism Spectrum Disorders Guide (PDF)

Tips for Working with Students with Psychological Disabilities

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)