Resources

The following resources may be helpful to you in facilitating access for students:

Inclusive Course Design:

UDL on Campus: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education

UDL On Campus is a collection of resources developed by CAST geared towards multiple stakeholders within postsecondary institutions, including instructional designers, faculty, policy makers, and administrators. The purpose of the site is to offer an understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in higher education and contains four sections: 1) UDL in Higher Education, 2) Course Design, 3) Media and Materials, and 4) Accessibility and Policy. Each section provides resources about addressing learner variability at the postsecondary level in an effort to improve learning opportunities, retention, and outcomes.

Teaching Tips for an UDL-Friendly Classroom

Advice for implementing strategies based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as well as links to practical resources (ex: how to create an accessible document and PowerPoint).

The Center for Universal Design in Higher Education

The Center for Universal Design in Education (CUDE) develops and collects resources to help educators apply universal design to all aspects of the educational experience.

Refocus: Faculty Development

Refocus is an initiative designed to examine the role a college disability services office can play in challenging stereotypes about disability and creating truly equitable environments on campus. This Faculty Development section may be particularly helpful for ideas on inclusive course design and working with students.

Rights and Responsibilities:

Nondiscrimination in Higher Education: What’s the Law?

A tip sheet designed by the Northeast Technical Assistance Center (NETC) at Rochester Institute for Technology that outlines legal parameters and faculty role in providing reasonable accommodations.

Disability-Specific:

Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

A 17-minute video produced by Pace University that provides insight on what it means to be a college student on the Autism spectrum and strategies instructors can implement to create a more inclusive environment.

OpenDyslexic Font

Open source font, which may help to increase readability for some people who have Dyslexia. Available to download at no cost for MAC, Windows, IOS, and Android.

Bates-Specific

Free/Lower-Cost Assistive Technology Resources

A sampling of programs and apps that may be helpful for students with disabilities, as well as all learners, to be aware of.

Tips for Talking with Your Professors

This is a guide for students but may also be helpful for faculty in navigating conversations around implementation of accommodations and disability.