College students with disabilities
Here are some general tips for working with students who have disabilities.
Online Course and Digital Document Accessibility
The mandate to have accessible courses is clear:
But what accessibility in an online environment mean? Do you use Canvas, Blackboard, Catalyst or another Learning Management System? Following DRS’s Online Course Accessibility Checklist is a basic strategy to ensure online course content is accessible. More advanced levels of accessibility can be achieved through consultation with DRS. Want to hear what other faculty have done? Check out these articles: Online Accessibility a Faculty Duty and Views of a Faculty Member: Accessibility From Where I Stand. Courses at the University of Washington need to be accessible to all students. For information how to make word documents and PDFs, please refer to the UW Accessibility webpage.
Salome Heyward, Civil Rights Attorney
Salome Heyward is a civil rights attorney with over 30 years’ experience in the field of disability discrimination law and disability management. She is a well-known and respected speaker and trainer in the area of disability discrimination law and disability management. In Spring 2014, Heyward visited the campus and here’s what she had to say.
With the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, there’s been an increase in the number of veterans on campus. Here’s a great article on serving veterans who are transitioning to college.
The Access Technology Center (ATC) serves users with disabilities, allowing full use of campus computing resources. ATC staff provides accessibility consultations and instructs users in accessible hardware and software basics.
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is dedicated to advancing innovation and sharing expertise on teaching and learning across the UW campus. CTL works with individual instructors, departments, units, and communities of practice, to disseminate evidence-based research on teaching, learning, and mentoring.
DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.
Title IX/ADA Coordinator Office: Program provides University-wide compliance support to facilitate equal opportunity and ensure compliance with relevant University policies and local, state, and federal laws.