An Overview of Accessibility

Why Accessibility Matters

The following video provides a quick overview of why accessibility matters:

Understanding the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA)

June 26, 2015, marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Learn how ADA has positively impacted so many individuals, as well as a discussion of where the act falls short and what still needs to be done to better create an inclusive society:

The Instructor's Role

Instructors are a key part of an institution's overall student support system. Generally speaking, the instructor is responsible for creating a climate of inclusion for all students and that students with disabilities have the necessary accommodations to be successful in their learning. The University of Iowa has put together a helpful guide for instructors to help clarify responsibilities.

Accommodating all student needs can be complex, especially when the need may be invisible to you as the instructor. Ideally students would feel comfortable approaching you about their needs; however, this may not always be the case, and yet, it is still your responsibility to accommodate those student needs. If this is a newer topic for you, or if you are unsure of how to address a specific situation, it is best to consult the office for students with disabilities on your campus to get professional support and resources.

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