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Distance Learning Course: Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

DO-IT has created an online course that consists of 14 electronic mail messages that can be used for gaining information on how to employ universal design and accommodation strategies to fully include students with disabilities in academic offerings. These lessons are designed for delivery to faculty members, teaching assistants and/or administrators as a distance learning course on a single campus, in a campus system, or within a college or department.

Each lesson may be copied and pasted into separate email messages which may be used individually or sequentially as a full distance learning seminar. The course should be facilitated by a faculty member or administrator who is familiar with the material (e.g., personnel providing services for students with disabilities). These lessons are appropriate as part of new faculty or staff orientations or ongoing professional development.

The following content will help you deliver a distance learning course on your campus. It covers these important areas:

  1. Facilitating the Course
  2. Lessons
  3. Followup
  4. Recruiting

For an example of how this course can be tailored to and delivered on a specific postsecondary campus, consult Accommodating Students with Disabilities in the Classroom, a course implemented by Grace Hanson, Director, Disabled Student Programs & Services, at Mt. San Antonio College.