Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

The DRC is available to consult regarding reducing barriers for persons with disabilities.

Universal Design

Universal Design principles are effective in increasing accessibility in the classroom, in student services, in technology and physical access. The principles of Universal Design are:

  • Equitable use
  • Flexibility in use
  • Simple and intuitive use
  • Perceptible information
  • Tolerance for error
  • Low physical effort
  • Size and space for approach and use. 

Examples of these principles in action:

  • Printed materials in alternate format
    • Select text that comes with an accessible electronic version or select text far enough in advance to get alternate format
  • Acknowledge that not all students learn and demonstrate content mastery in the same way
    • Options in assignments (e.g. write a report or do a presentation)
  • A rubric for grading purposes provided prior to grading the assignment
  • Visual, auditory, and written venues for providing information
    • Turn on captioning or provide captioning with multi-media material
  • Clickers that have text and symbols on them
  • Furniture placement that allows wheelchairs to navigate
  • Equipment that is adjustable (e.g. adjustable height table; separate table and chair).

Classroom Technology Accessibility

Faculty Development and Instructional Design is available for making coursework technology accessible. See Resources for Accessible Teaching.

Student Right to Privacy

Respect the right of students with disabilities to maintain privacy regarding their disability and their accommodations. Disclosing this information is a violation of FERPA.