Accessibility Services is committed to helping faculty develop learning environments that are conducive to all learning styles. On this page you’ll find tips and strategies for delivering course content in ways that are accessible to all students.
Establish a culture of understanding and availability early by letting your students know that you are willing to provide accommodations and would enjoy meeting any students with disabilities or mental health impacts to discuss their needs. Be sure to also include this information in your course outline.
Meet with students during office hours or after class to discuss their specific situations. These meetings will help to avoid assumptions about a student’s condition, needs and preferences. The student may choose this time to talk about personal health and learning information.
Students may require accommodated testing options for a variety of reasons. These exam accommodations are arranged through Accessibility Services in cooperation with instructors and administered by Testing Services. Click here to learn more about the accommodated exams process.
Accessibility Services has developed this resource for instructors to aid in understanding the areas impacted by disabilities and methods of organizing your classroom, lessons and materials to accommodate affected students.
View the resource here.
Universal design principles
Use the following links to find information on universal design and make your teaching style and your classroom accessible to all.
- Universal design principle #1: Be accessible
- Universal design principle #2: Be straightforward and consistent
- Universal design principle #3: Be flexible
- Universal design principle #4: Be explicit
- Universal design principle #5: Be supportive
- Universal design principle #6: Minimize effort
- Applying universal design to assessment
You can also find additional universal design principles for learning at:
Or you can access a variety of resources (e.g. books, curriculum self-checks, networks) through a free CAST account.