What is "intersectionality" in the context of working with students who have disabilities?

"Intersectionality" refers to the fact that individuals have multiple identities, with respect to gender, race, ethnicity, age, marital status, socioeconomic status, disability, etc. Those working with individuals with disabilities should recognize that the interaction of these identities influences a person's experiences, perspectives, and other aspects of their life.

How can I use my learning management system to make my course more accessible to everyone?

Steps to making an online course accessible include

  • Structuring content using headings,
  • Creating alt text for images,
  • Create meaningful hyperlinks,
  • Created structured lists,
  • Include table headers,
  • Captioning and audio-describing videos,
  • Uploading accessibly-formatted content, and
  • Using accessibility checkers to find barriers to accessibility.

Options in Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, and other learning management systems (LMSs) for making courses are described below.

How can STEM academic departments be more accessible to and inclusive of faculty with disabilities?

As institutions seek to leverage the benefits of diversity, application pools for faculty positions have become increasingly diverse, inclusive of faculty with disabilities who bring unique and valuable perspectives and talents to the workplace. However, the inaccessible design of the employment application process, as well as many campus facilities, software tools, services, and online resources, continue to erect barriers to some applicants and employees with disabilities, including those who are also members of other marginalized groups.