Why Learn about Disability? Intrigued? Explore the ever-evolving fields of disability in higher education including:
- Universal Design
- Assistive Technology
- Disability Rights Movement
Universal Design for Instruction
Universal Instructional Design is an approach to designing course instruction, materials, and content to benefit students of all learning styles without adaptation or retrofitting. Resources about the philosophy and support for instruction methods can be found at DO-IT's Center for Universal Design in Education. Additonal resources and collaboration to implement UDI in your course can be found at our CETL Teaching Center; contact Jennifer Hadingham.
Some strategies include:
- Creating and maintaining accessible websites
- Creating and maintaining accessible course notes, study guides, and presentations on the web
- Creating and maintaining comprehensive syllabi with clearly delineated statements about course expectations, timelines, and assignments
- Allowing students to record lectures
The video, Equal Access: Universal Design of Instruction, may be freely viewed online at www.uw.edu/doit/Video/
Disability Resources and Awareness
DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) at the University of Washington serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs such science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education.
AccessIT at the University of Washington has a compilation of resources that promotes the use of assistive technology for students, as well as employees, with disabilities in educational institutions. The mission of AccessIT is to support the efforts of educators, policy makers, librarians, technical support staff, students and employees to make academic achievement possible through the implementation of assistive technology.
Disability Rights Movement/History
The rich civil rights history of hard fought legislation continues today for persons with disabilities and their advocates. Inspired by the success of the Civil Rights Movement that resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that forbid racial discrimination, the Disability Rights Movement has influenced legislation that resulted in the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Only an hour away, in Buffalo, NY, the new Museum of disAbility History houses a collection of physical exhibits as well as a virtual museum. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has an online, interactive history of the Disability Rights Movement. Further website suggestions include: the Disability Social History Project and the Disability History Museum. Finally, the University of California Berkeley has compiled a website of history, resources and research on the history of the Disability Rights Movement.