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Accessibility & Universal Design

Eastern University aims toward universal design and access for all students, faculty, and staff.  In this page, you will find training and resources for faculty that seek to ensure every student has the same opportunity to succeed.

Study Group



To edit captions in Panopto, follow the steps outlined on Panopto's website.

PowerPoint and Google Slides

Eastern alumna Megan Garrity (2012) produced this fabulous video that showcases how to include live captions in your lectures using PowerPoint and Google Slides. Please consider using one of these tool for on-ground classes when you are lecturing with a mask on, as it can help students follow the information when volume may be a challenge. This is also a great resource for live Zoom sessions.

While this option shouldn’t replace any specific student accommodations that are in place with relay captioning or CART, it provides an option for universal design that will meet student learning needs.

Accessibility in Microsoft Office

Students and faculty are able to access Office 365 using their Eastern University accounts. This includes free Microsoft Translator. In addition, faculty has access to a consultant from Microsoft Office for training on their various products (Word, PowerPoint, etc.). 


Learn more about using Microsoft Translation, Accessibility Check, Alternative Text, and other important available tools to enhance student accessibility here.

Granting Special Access on a Quiz

Some students have accommodations that allow them to have more time to take quizzes.  Follow the steps outlined in the document below to give these accommodations to specific students.

For more information about disability services:

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