Accessible Teaching

The TLTC Graduate Teaching Fellows 2015-16 are committed to engaging and supporting effective and equitable teaching innovations among the University’s instructors and assistants. This web space is designed to be a digital resource for educators to produce and support equitable classrooms.

While the contemporary university has made significant strides toward prioritizing accommodation in those instances when student disability is made public and apparent, academic culture has not yet matured to appreciate the value of a pedagogy that centers the experiences and perspectives of students with disabilities. There are some simple steps that you can take to make your course more accessible for all of your students.  Universal Design for Learning is one way to approach making your course more accessible for all of your students.  It takes into account: 1)Representation - how you present material,  2) Expression - designing how you are asking students to demonstrate understanding and 3) Engagement - motivating, empowering students to take control of their learning. We have produced this digital resource as a way to help facilitate that process. Here you will find resources that we have collected for both instructors and students. This project has grown out of, and is meant to supplement, the various campus efforts oriented toward broadening classroom equity.  
Here are some examples of ways you can be more accommodating for your students with various disabilities. The Graduate Teaching Fellows have compiled a list of five easy ways you can make your classroom more accessible. For more detailed information to make your classroom more accessible, utilize accessibilities checklist from UMD and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
There are various organizations and groups at the University of Maryland that have developed events to promote disability awareness and to provide resources for students and faculty. 
The Graduate Teaching Fellows have designed this website to help implement course design and teaching strategies to help disabled students at the University of Maryland. To further our cause, we hope you would take a moment help us by providing some feedback in this short survey.