Teaching Resources: Universal Design
The U.S. Department of Justice website provides information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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/
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
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.
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.
An example of university disaster evacuation plan for people with disabilities is available from California State University, Long Beach.
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/
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
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.
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
The Media Access Group at WGBH maintains a list of mainstream films that have been released on DVD with captions and descriptive narration.
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) 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