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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Students come to our higher education classrooms with a wide variety of knowledge, skills, talents, and abilities. As educators, we want all of our students to be successful and feel supported in an inclusive learning environment. Many of our students have disabilities that they may or may not disclose to faculty and staff. Typically, the process of providing required documentation and identifying appropriate accommodations is a collaborative effort between the student and the disability services staff. Faculty are not a part of this process and may not be aware of the rationale or implications. In this week, we will begin with an introduction to students with disabilities. Week 1 highlights the key United States legislation that relates to higher education students with disabilities and describes the process of obtaining support services.

14 videos (Total 29 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
14 videos
What is a Disability?6m
Obtaining Services3m
Dr. Cooper - What was your experience in college before the ADA was passed?3m
Dr. Cooper - How can administrators improve the academic environment for students with disabilities?38s
Jonathan - What assumptions do other students make about your abilities?36s
Brandon - What would you like other students to know about living with a disability?49s
Jonathan - What do you wish you’d known when you went to college?57s
Dr. Seelman - How can faculty learn more about students with disabilities?11s
Dr. Seelman - What can be done beyond the Disability Services Office to support students with disabilities on campus?1m
Dr. Seelman - How does the UN convention impact the ratifying countries regarding higher education?1m
Director Culley - What is the process a student with disabilities goes through with Disability Services?43s
Director Culley - What role do instructors play in helping students with disabilities?29s
3 readings
Assistive Technology10m
1 practice exercise
Week 120m
3 hours to complete

Accommodations and Assistive Technology

This week we describe the process used for deciding on reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and the role of Disability Services in making this determination. We identify specific accommodations that students with disabilities might need in order to fully participate in life at the university.

11 videos (Total 29 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
11 videos
Testing Center Accommodations2m
Assistive Technology2m
Screen Reader Demonstration8m
Jonathan - What was your experience with the level of support at your institution?40s
Brandon - Have faculty been understanding of your need for accommodations?1m
Brandon - How was beginning your undergraduate years different from going to graduate school?38s
Jonathan - How does assistive technology help your in day-to-day activities?38s
Bobby - What types of accommodations have faculty made for you and what do you think could be improved?2m
Dr. Cooper - How do assistive technologies impact education?1m
Director Culley - Who determines reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities?23s
2 readings
Assistive Technology Case Study10m
1 practice exercise
Week 220m
1 hour to complete

Accessible Design

In Weeks 1 and 2, we reviewed disability definitions and legislation, plus the disability services, accommodations, and technologies that you might find on your college campus. In Week 3, we focus on the design and development of your course materials. We use the term “universal design” to emphasize the inclusive design of instruction to make it meaningful and useful for all students. We also look at best practices for documents such as using clear fonts, organizing text with headings, and describing images with alternative text.

5 videos (Total 16 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
Document Design7m
Dr. Seelman - How are web accessibility standards related to students with disabilities?49s
Dr. Cooper - How can administrators improve the academic environment for students with disabilities?1m
Director Culley - Who is responsible for making emerging technology accessible to students with disabilities?24s
1 reading
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Week 320m
2 hours to complete


Please read the following case studies and respond to the corresponding questions on the discussion boards.

5 readings, 1 quiz
5 readings
Case Study: Accommodations for Student with Concussion10m
Case Study: Deafness10m
Case Study: Ethics10m
Case Study: Low Vision10m
Post Course Survey10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz: Week 420m
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Top reviews from Disability Awareness and Support

By RRSep 19th 2017

I enjoyed this class a lot and it was a good introduction to working with students with disabilities and was a good refresher.

By BCJun 21st 2016

Excellent course! I learned so much about all types of disabilities and resources that could be used to help students.



Mary Goldberg

Assistant Professor
Human Engineering Research Laboratories

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