How to Use These Materials
The purpose of the materials in this binder is to help science, mathematics, technology, and special education educators effectively teach students with disabilities. The goal is for all students to be fully included in courses and programs and, as a result, experience success in STEM academic and career options.
Part I includes an overview of key issues, how to make physical adaptations to classrooms and labs for general access and safety, information on assistive technology, how to design accessible electronic resources, sample Student Abilities Profiles, and resources. Part II includes materials to deliver training to preservice and inservice teachers at all academic levels.
Part I: Making Instruction Accessible
Access Issues and Strategies
This section covers issues related to access to education for individuals with disabilities, including legal and attitudinal issues and general teaching strategies. It shares principles of universal design and suggestions for making educational activities accessible to all students, including those who have disabilities.
Access to Technology
This section covers the three areas that must be addressed in order to provide full access to computing resources—computer lab access, provision of adaptive technology, and universal design of electronic resources.
This section covers resources relevant to technology, science, and mathematics instruction. Additional information can be found at DO-IT's AccessSTEM website. An electronic copy of this binder is available at https://www.washington.edu/doit/making-math-science-and-technology-instruction-accessible-students-disabilities.
Part II: Teaching Preservice and Inservice Teachers
This section provides suggestions for making engaging and informative presentations to educators, administrators, and staff.
This section outlines several presentation options:
- 20-30 minute presentations to introduce participants to accessibility issues and give them a conceptual understanding of assistive technology and how it helps people with disabilities access the Internet.
- 45-minute presentation on creating accessible websites, includes tips and best practices.
- 1-hour presentation on increasing the accessibility of science and math classrooms by utilizing universal design techniques.
- 2-hour presentation with a focus on computer lab access, assistive technology, and accessible web page design provides participants with tools to begin making the school's or department's computer lab and web pages accessible to everyone.
- Full-day session that offers science, mathematics, and special education teachers the opportunity to explore how science and math classes can be made accessible to students with disabilities.
For each presentation option, a sample script is included to minimize the preparation that might otherwise be required. The presenter may use the script verbatim or extract ideas to customize a presentation.
The videos included in this notebook can be used in specific presentations or broadcast on public television. Handout and overhead projection templates are provided in the Presentation Tools section for easy duplication and use.
A web-based resource option is also available for faculty and administrators. To access these resources, visit the Faculty Room.
This section includes ready-to-use tools for presenters.
Final Evaluation Tools
One of two evaluations can be selected for use with participants at the end of the session.
Projected Visual Templates
Templates that can be developed into presentation slides are included for use in the presentations. Many templates are included to optimize custom presentations. In addition, slides are freely online at https://www.washington.edu/doit/making-math-science-and-technology-instruction-accessible-students-disabilities.
Reproducible, camera-ready handouts for presentations are included in the plastic pouch in the back of this binder and are also available freely online at https://www.washington.edu/doit/resources/informational-briefs.
Videos referenced throughout this handbook are collected on eight DVDs (located in the back of this binder) and are also freely available online at http://www.washington.edu/doit/videos/. Their titles follow.
- Learn and Earn: Tips for Teens. Students with disabilities show how they benefit from work-based learning. (13 minutes)
- Learn and Earn: Supporting Teens. Learn how parents, teachers, and mentors can encourage teens to participate in work-based learning. (13 minutes)
- It's Your Career. College students with disabilities tell about the value of work-based learning. (13 minutes)
- Access to the Future: Preparing Students with Disabilities for Careers. Learn how to make career services accessible to students with disabilities. (14 minutes)
- Working Together: Faculty and Students with Disabilities. Successful students with disabilities tell about techniques and accommodations that contributed to their success, emphasizing the importance of the faculty-student relationship. (9 minutes)
- Building the Team: Faculty, Staff, and Students Working Together. Learn how to create an inclusive postsecondary environment. (16 minutes)
- Equal Access: Universal Design of Instruction. Learn to make instruction in a classroom or tutoring center accessible to all students. (13 minutes)
- Equal Access: Student Services. Learn how to apply universal design principles to make postsecondary student services accessible to all students. (15 minutes)
- DO-IT Pals: An Internet Community. Peers and mentors with disabilities support each other in an online community. (9 minutes)
- DO-IT Scholars. High school students with disabilities prepare for college and careers. (11 minutes)
- Snapshots: The DO-IT Scholars. DO-IT participants tell about their experiences. (28 minutes)
- Finding Gold: Hiring the Best and the Brightest. Employers in work-based learning programs show how to fully include participants with disabilities. (7 minutes)
- How DO-IT Does It. Successful practices employed by DO-IT programs to increase the success of young people with college and careers. (34 minutes)
- Opening Doors: Mentoring on the Internet. Mentors help students with disabilities achieve success in college studies and careers. (14 minutes)
- Working Together: Science Teachers and Students with Disabilities. Successful science students with disabilities suggest ways to make science activities accessible. (13 minutes)
- Equal Access: Science and Students with Sensory Impairments. Students and employees with sensory impairments share strategies for success. (14 minutes)
- The Winning Equation: Access + Attitude = Success in Math and Science. Science and math teachers share strategies for making these subjects accessible to students with disabilities. (15 minutes)
- STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and the University of Washington. Students and faculty highlight STEM programs offered to a diverse student body at the UW. (10 minutes)
- Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology. Individuals with disabilities demonstrate adaptive technology for people with mobility impairments, blindness, low vision, hearing or speech impairments, and learning disabilities. (14 minutes)
- Working Together: Computers and People with Mobility Impairments. People with mobility impairments demonstrate computer access technology. (14 minutes)
- Working Together: Computers and People with Sensory Impairments. People with visual and hearing impairments demonstrate computer technology for school and work. (10 minutes)
- Working Together: Computers and People with Learning Disabilities. Students and workers with learning disabilities demonstrate computer-based tools and strategies. (12 minutes)
- Computer Access: In Our Own Words. Students with disabilities demonstrate adaptive technology and computer applications. (10 minutes)
- Equal Access: Universal Design of Computer Labs. Learn how computer labs can be designed to be accessible to students with disabilities. (11 minutes)
- World Wide Access: Accessible Web Design. People with disabilities describe roadblocks they encounter and examples of accessible web design. (14 minutes)
- Real Connections: Making Distance Learning Accessible to Everyone. Learn issues to consider when designing courses to fully include students with disabilities. (12 minutes)
- Access to Technology in the Workplace: In Our Own Words. Employees show how to make technology accessible. (13 minutes)
- Camp: Beyond Summer. Learn how to add Internet experiences to summer camp programs for children and youth with disabilities. (10 minutes)
- College: You Can DO-IT! College students with disabilities and staff share advice for success in college. (14 minutes)
- Moving On: The Two-Four Step. How to successfully transition from two- to four-year postsecondary institutions, (11 minutes)
- Taking Charge 1: Three Stories of Success and Self-Determination. Successful young people with disabilities share strategies for living self-determined adult lives. (17 minutes)
Permission is granted to reproduce any of these materials for noncommercial, educational purposes as long as the source is acknowledged. Much of the content is duplicated in other publications, training materials, and web pages published by the DO-IT Center; most can be found within the comprehensive website.