Universal Design and Accommodations

When the wide variety of characteristics of potential users of facilities, services, and information resources are considered in the design process, they are more accessible to everyone. This process is called universal design. Universal design reduces, but does not eliminate, the need for accommodations for specific students. The best accommodations are unique to the individual and develop from a cooperative relationship between the student, instructor, staff, employer, and/or disability service provider.

In this area of the AccessCAREERS website, you will learn strategies for fully including students with disabilities in internships and other work-based learning activities. You will also read case studies and answers to questions frequently asked about accommodating students with disabilities in academic programs and careers. The section on universal design tells how to be proactive in creating an inclusive environment, and the one on accommodations addresses issues regarding individuals with specific types of disabilities. Much of the content is duplicated in other publications, training materials, and web pages published by DO-IT.

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