Online Education

A Division of the Office for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning

Disability Services

The Office of Online Education trains and encourages faculty to develop their courses to be designed for all students. However, this is an on-going process and we encourage all students who need accommodations to reach out to instructors and Disability Services (DSS). We also welcome you to contact and report issues with online courses to the Online Office, as this will improve our courses and instructors for future students.

“Disability Services for Students works with students and all units of URI to foster an inclusive, welcoming, and accessible environment. We work with you, our students, to support academic success and self-advocacy.”

Requesting Accommodations

The DSS Office provides academic accommodations to all students, including those taking online classes.

To receive accommodations, students must be registered with Disability Services. The procedure for registering is the same for both online and on-campus students.

While it is preferred that students meet with a DSS counselor in person, arrangements can be made to conduct the appointments over the phone or through another method. PDF versions of Letters can be sent to the student so they can have a virtual appointment to discuss accommodations with their faculty.

For more information please visit the Disability Services for Students website, or contact via phone: 401-874-2098, or email at


  • AccessCollege: Student Lounge – The University of Washington, DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center has an extensive resource page for students with disabilities.
  • Online Learning for Student with Disabilities – “A complete guide to distance learning for students with disabilities. Learn how to work with disability services, employ assistive technology, evaluate online programs, and succeed in the virtual classroom.”

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