Statistics report that between 3 and 10% of college students report having physical
or learning disabilities that require some kind of special classroom accommodation.
There are several general strategies that will help in accommodating students with
disabilities in your class. First, ask students to clarify any special needs. This
question can be posed in the syllabus or orally during the first class. Offer to meet
with students privately to discuss any special needs they may have. Second, remember
that disabled students are not defined by their disability, and are always students
first and foremost. Third, be flexible about attendance and promptness. Fourth, be
sensitive to disabilities that are not visually apparent such as learning disabilities
or sensory deficits. Finally, consult your campus disabled student services program
for advice or with any questions you may have (Davis, B.G. Tools for Teaching).
From our library--
Online Resources: Tips and Strategies
Disability Studies for Teachers --lesson plans for incorporating DS into a range of courses.
Society for Disability Studies
AccessIt promotes the use of electronic & information technology for students and employees with disabilities at all academic levels. Site includes a knowledge base on the topic.
Universal Design of Instruction principles for planning inclusive courses
Online Publications: Viewpoints, Articles, Books...