5 Ways to accommodate students

Here are some examples of ways you can be more accommodating for your students with various disabilities.

  • Consider your overall course design
    • Talk to your students: pre-course surveys and periodic check-ins will help you to better address the needs of the diverse student body
    • Use language in your syllabus that encourages students who needs accommodations to pursue them!
  • Consider your Course
    • Provide copies of materials in multiple formats - including digital versions whenever possible!
    • Use high contrast text and images, with at least 12 point sans serif fonts such as Arial or Calibri
    • Anytime you are preparing an electronic document that will e posted online or distributed via e-mail, consider using these checklists.
    • When using mixed media, closed captioning and the ability to rewatch media is helpful for students!
  • Consider your presentation
    • Face the audience when speaking
    • Present new and technical vocabulary in a handout or written on the board
    • Rephrase and repeat questions from students so everyone can hear
  • Remember that many disabilities are not visible and are often complex.
    • Are you testing engagement and knowledge?
    • Your flexibility could make or break a student's chances of success.
  • If you don’t know what to do or how to handle an accommodation, contact Disability Student Services for assistance!

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