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Accessibility at Tulane

Accessibility Maps 

Below, feel free to learn more about the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility and its mission through the informational videos below (with captions or with audio description). Specific information about academic, housing, and dining accommodations can be found on the Student tab.

For any additional questions, or to learn more about our office, please feel free to contact us at goldman@tulane.edu or call us at (504)-862-8433.

Informational Videos

Equal Access at Tulane University (with subtitles)

 

Equal Access at Tulane University (with descriptions)

 

Addressing Barriers at Tulane University (with subtitles)

 

Addressing Barriers at Tulane University (with descriptions)

 

Faculty's Role in Accessibility at Tulane (with subtitles)

 

Faculty's Role in Accessibility at Tulane (with descriptions)

 

Accessibility Considerations: Tulane Events and Social Media Posting 

Planning an Accessible Event:

It is the expectation, not exception, that accessibility be at the heart of planning campus events. In general, campus accessibility and planning accessible events for the Tulane community are managed by the Executive Director and Campus Services, but the Goldman Center can provide additional insight and guidance into what accessibility needs might arise during your event.

Organizations hosting the event are responsible for covering the cost of accommodations requiring additional services, such as captioning or ASL interpretation. 

Campus Services has created a step-by-step guide for including accessibility considerations for every event held on campus, which you can view at the link here

Additionally, the Goldman Center asks all event organizers to consider the following:

  • All advertisements for events, both printed and online, should include the following statement to ensure accessibility accommodations can be arranged for ahead of time: “Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by [specific date] to [sponsoring department contact person, phone number, and email address].”
  • If the requested accommodation based on a qualifying disability cannot be arranged in time for the event, be sure to contact the requester to see if an alternative accommodation could be arranged.
  • For events where food/beverages are being provided, provide a range of food that includes a variety of options for dietary concerns, including gluten free, vegan/vegetarian, and Kosher/Halal options. Be sure that food options have clearly labeled ingredients/allergens in large print and are served without risk of cross contamination.
  • Consider including an accessibility budget in your organization to be able to prepare for and respond adequately to requests for accommodation

While event organizers are responsible for arranging accommodations for their events, the Executive Director and Goldman Center for Student Accessibility are more than happy to provide insight and guidance into what universal design considerations or accommodations should be made for each campus event. 

Social Media and General Virtual Communication Guidelines:

Images and videos used on social media should follow accessibility best practices. Make sure to consider the following when composing your posts and comments:

  • When text is used on a graphic, limit the amount of copy and use color combinations that meet color contrast requirements.
  • Alternative text (alt text) helps people visualize images. Take the time to describe what's taking place in your images via the alt text options available in each social media platform. If using a graphic, make sure to include all text in the graphic within the alt text.
  • Video captions don't just help people with hearing impairments; they can also be helpful in no or low-sound environments and in assisting language learners.
  • Capitalize each word in hashtags to increase legibility for all users and compatibility for screen readers. For example, instead of #tulaneuniversity, use #TulaneUniversity.
  • Emojis are read aloud by screen readers. Be considerate of which and how many emojis you use and be sure to include spaces between each one.