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Accommodations and Universal Design

The best accommodations are unique to the individual and develop from a cooperative relationship between the faculty member and the student, sometimes with the assistance of the campus disabled student services office. In this area of The Faculty Room you will learn strategies for fully including students with disabilities in your course activities. You will also read case studies and answers to questions faculty members frequently ask about accommodating students with disabilities in their classes. The section on universal design tells how to be pro-active in creating an inclusive learning environment. Much of the content is duplicated in other publications, training materials, and web pages published by DO-IT.

The content in this area of The Faculty Room is organized into three sections:

  • Disability Type - Examples of accommodations provided to students with specific disabilities.

  • Academic Activity - Strategies for working with disabled students in a variety of academic settings, such as large lectures, distance learning courses, and field trips.

  • Universal Design - How the application of universal design principles can make a course accessible to students with a wide range of abilities and disabilities and thereby reduce the need for accommodations once a student with a disability enrolls in the class.