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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