Teaching Resources: Universal Design

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The U.S. Department of Justice website provides information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Accessible Presentations

The Composing Access Project, co-sponsored by the Committee on Disability Issues in College Composition (CDICC) and the Computers & Composition Digital Press (CCDP), provides a series of documents and videos on strategies for making presentations more accessible.https://u.osu.edu/composingaccess/

Assistive Technology

Various tools for assistive technology, including text recognition and voice synthesis hardware and software, Braille computer output devices, screen enlargement devices, dictation software, alternative keyboards, hands-free computer controls, and more are described in the “PASS IT Tech Handout.” http://www.cehd.umn.edu/passit/resources.html

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) provides training, primarily to disability service providers, through conferences, workshops, publications and consultation. Their web pages contain resources on a wide variety of topics including assistive technology, civil rights and legal issues, and transitioning from college to career.

Disability Simulations

Sheryl Burgstahler and Tanis Doe address the question, “Is the use of disability-related simulations ever appropriate?” in this article from the Review of Disability Studies.

Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities

An example of university disaster evacuation plan for people with disabilities is available from California State University, Long Beach.

HEATH Resource Center

The HEATH Resource Center of George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development is a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. It offers a variety of resources and publications. http://www.heath.gwu.edu/

Inclusive Event Planning

Syracuse University’s Guide to Planning Inclusive Events, Seminars, and Activities
provides guidelines for the scheduling, advertising, and conduct of events inclusive of diverse audiences. http://sudcc.syr.edu/_documents/InclusiveEventsSeminarsGuide.pdf

Information Technology Accessibility Resources

NC State University IT Accessibility Resources provides guidelines and resources for using different types of campus technologies accessibly, including Moodle, Blackboard, Microsoft Word, clickers, videos, and more.

Learning Differences and Disabilities

The companion site to the PBS documentary, Misunderstood Minds , provides a large number of resources on learning differences and disabilities as well as narratives about the individuals featured in the film. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds

Media Access

The Media Access Group at WGBH maintains a list of mainstream films that have been released on DVD with captions and descriptive narration.

Universal Design for Instruction

This University of Washington site provides resources to assist instructors in developing delivery methods, physical environments, information resources, technology, personal interactions, and assessments that are accessible to all students.

W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) lists multiple resources for evaluating websites for accessibility. http://www.w3.org/WAI/eval/Overview.html


WebAIM provides an introduction to web accessibility, including major principles of accessible design and examples of difficulties people with different disability types encounter using the web. http://webaim.org/intro/#video