***Important and Exciting News! ***
Letter to Faculty Regarding New ODA Letters of Accommodation
Fall 2019 ODA Letters of Accommodation were emailed to faculty this morning from our new database AIM. For more information about the new format of the Letters of Accommodation as well as other process updates, please click this link to open ODA Letter of Accommodation Guidance Information.
Just go to the AIM Instructor Portal login page and sign in using your university credentials. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!
ODA Testing Center has moved to Hickory Hall!
Due to the construction in Sage Hall, the ODA Testing Center has been temporarily relocated to the second floor of Hickory Hall, room 274. Testing operations will remain in Hickory Hall through the Fall 2019 semester. If you need assistance with scheduling and taking accommodated exams, please go to Hickory Hall, room 274. For questions, contact ODA Testing at email@example.com.
ODA is moving to a new database!
As you may know, we have been working hard to continue to remove barriers that prevent students from registering with the ODA and using their accommodations. To that end, I have wonderful news!
We have a new database called Accessible Information Management (or AIM). AIM is an online system where students can log in and access ODA services using their UNT log in credentials.
- You can now request your Fall 2019 Letters of Accommodation ONLINE and ODA will mail your LOAs to your instructors!!! Go to AIM Student Portal to log into AIM. Step-by-step instructions can be found at How to request my Letters of Accommodation (pdf). Letters will be emailed to instructors on the first day of classes.
- In addition, you can also log into AIM to SCHEDULE EXAMS in the ODA Test Center. That is correct – NO MORE ATRFs! You can also view the status of your ODA Test Requests any time of day or night as well as modify or cancel your test appointment. Step-by-step instructions can be found at How to schedule exams in ODA Test Center (pdf).
There are many other wonderful things that AIM can do, but the ODA has determined that these two functions are most crucial for ODA students at the beginning of a semester. As additional services are activated in AIM, we will send out further information and schedule opportunities for training.
Please let your ODA Coordinator if you find you need assistance learning how to navigate AIM.
More information can be found on the ODA's webpage dedicated to sharing information with faculty and staff. (https://disability.unt.edu/parents-faculty-staff/information-faculty-and-staff)
How will the AIM Faculty Login help faculty?
- Management of Students’ Letters of Accommodation (LOAs)
- When students request accommodations, ODA will send the letters to faculty via email.
- In addition, faculty will also have access to student letters and the students’ accommodations when faculty log into the AIM Portal.
- Interact with the ODA Test Center (Updated ODA Test Center Administration Processes (pdf))
- Complete ODA Testing Agreement(s) (IMPORTANT because student will NOT be able to request a test center appointment until faculty complete the agreement.)
- See all exam proctoring requests students have submitted to the CEA Test Center.
- Soon faculty will also be able to see assigned note-takers in their courses and review notes that have been uploaded from note-takers
Just go to the AIM Instructor Portal login page and sign in using your UNT credentials. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!
Construction Obstruction Report (COR) for August 2019 is available!
The Office of Disability Access (ODA) would like to thank Facilities Information Services for making this report available in an accessible format. The COR is a list of the construction activities on campus for the month listed below. A link to the accessible report in below.
A graphical representation of the file is located @ https://facilities.unt.edu/resources/construction-report.
Beginning Fall 2019, the ODA will no longer use Alternative Test Request Forms (ATRF) to schedule exams
Students will request testing appointments in the ODA Test Center by logging into AIM.
Faculty will have to log into AIM to complete a Testing Agreement BEFORE student will be able to request a test center appointment.
What We Do
The Office of Disability Access (ODA) at the University of North Texas exists to prevent discrimination on the basis of disability and to help students reach a higher level of independence.
Our caring and professional staff helps students learn more about their disabilities, develop techniques to facilitate individual learning styles, learn how to talk to faculty and staff about your needs and develop strategies to achieve goals.
Announcing ODA JOBS!
Students with disabilities are more than 40% less likely to have secured employment a year after graduation than their peers without disabilities. The ODA has recently been closely aligned with the UNT Career Center and together we have launched several initiatives to help you beat these statistics! For all the details visit: ODA JOBS Blog.
A Note to UNT Faculty and Online Content Creators, Please Help Make the Digital World at UNT Accessible to All
Technology has enabled students with disabilities to access the educational environment like never before....that is, only if the digital resources are created in an accessible manner. Please watch this short video that describes how to make your digital course content compliant with the law but even more importantly, fully usable by students.
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