Accessible Educationi is the process of designing courses and developing a teaching style to meet the needs of people from a variety of backgrounds, abilities and learning styles. Just as there is no single way to teach, people learn in a variety of ways; using different instructional methods will help meet the needs of the greatest number of learners ii.
The Educator’s Accessibility Toolkit provides guidelines and tips on how to make your courses and your teaching more accessible to students. These tips are in line with research on best practices in teaching and learning iii.
(such as faculty, teaching assistants, course instructors and developers)
Accessible Education is based on the social model of disability, as opposed to the medical modelV.
|Access is a problem for the individual and should be addressed by that person and the disability service program.||Access issues stem from poorly designed environments and should be addressed by the designer.|
|Access is achieved through special accommodation and/or retrofitting existing requirements.||As much as possible, the system or environment is designed to be used by all.|
|Access is reactive.||Access is proactive.|
|Access is often provided in a separate location or through special treatment.||Access is inclusive.|
|Access must be reconsidered each time a new individual uses the system.||Access, as part of the course design and curriculum, is sustainable.|