The DO-IT website at www.uw.edu/doit contains
- information about DO-IT projects
- evidence-based practices that support project goals and objectives
- resources for students with disabilities
- educational materials for teachers and administration
DO-IT maintains a searchable database of frequently asked questions, case studies, and promising practices related to how educators and employers can fully include students with disabilities. The Knowledge Base is an excellent resource for ideas that can be implemented in programs in order to better serve students with disabilities. In particular, the promising practices articles serve to spread the word about practices that show evidence of improving the participation of people with disabilities in postsecondary education.
Examples of Knowledge Base questions include the following:
- Are electronic whiteboards accessible to people with disabilities?
- Are peer review tools accessible?
- Are there computer keyboards designed to be used with only one hand?
- Are touch screens accessible?
- Do postsecondary institutions have to provide assistive technology (for example, screen enlargement or voice recognition software) to students with disabilities who enroll in distance learning courses?
- Does a postsecondary institution have to provide specific hardware or software (known as assistive technology) that an individual with a disability requests so that he or she can access information technology used on campus?
- Are funds available specifically for captioning?
- Are there any web-based tutorials on web accessibility?
Individuals and organizations are encouraged to propose questions and answers, case studies, and promising practices for the Knowledge Base. Contributions and suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on making your ERC accessible and to learn more about accessible learning or universal design, review the following websites and brochures:
- More information on universal design in education can be found at the Center for Universal Design in Education at www.uw.edu/doit/programs/center-universal-design-education/overview.
- A brochure on designing an accessible ERC can be found at www.uw.edu/doit/equal-access-universal-design-your-engineering-research-....
- A series of promising practices from the CSNE may help in designing other ERCs--a brochure can be found at www.uw.edu/doit/promising-practices-engage-people-disabilities-csne.
- A multimedia online collection of videos and publications on making STEM accessible can be found at www.uw.edu/doit/making-stem-accessible-postsecondary-students-disabilities.
- A brochure on the strategies and methods for having an accessible engineering lab can be found at www.uw.edu/doit/equal-access-universal-design-engineering-labs.
- A brochure on why accessible web design matters, and some resources to make your website accessible, can be found at www.uw.edu/doit/accessible-web-design.
- The University of Washington’s hub for information on accessible technology, featuring how to create and develop accessible documents, videos, and websites, can be found at www.uw.edu/accessibility.
- More information about making an accessible makerspace can be found at www.uw.edu/doit/making-makerspace-guidelines-accessibility-and-universal....
- More information and resources for engineering education can be found at the AccessEngineering website at www.uw.edu/doit/programs/accessengineering.
- Information on accessible online teaching can be found in the brochure 20 Tips for Teaching an Accessible Online Course at www.uw.edu/doit/20-tips-teaching-accessible-online-course.