Students come to us with a range of skills and abilities. "...disability is a difference in the way a person moves, communicates, feels, and/or processes information. It’s a difference in the way they complete the tasks of daily life. There’s nothing inherently positive or negative about disability. It’s a form of human diversity.” -- The Nora Project.
Adler University seeks to facilitate an environment where all students thrive academically and professionally. Disability Services within the Office of Student Affairs serves and supports students with disabilities by creating an accessible learning environment, removing barriers that impede full participation, and fostering full inclusion across the Adler community.
Disability is a broad category, and encompasses:
Keep in mind that disabilities may be:
Disabilities are fluid. Anyone of us may join the disability community at any time, due to an accident, health issue, genetics, aging, or many other scenarios. Disability is a normal part of the human experience; one in four North Americans has some type of disability.
Find below some resources to help design and implement more accessible courses. We encourage you to use the strategies listed below to make your course material accessible to our students. This list is not exhaustive.
Checklist From University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence
"Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs."
Multiple means of representation
Multiple means of expression and action
Multiple means of engagement
Here are materials from Luis Perez's presentation from February 22, 2022 on University Design for Learning. A version is also uploaded below.
Find examples and more resources on the Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education website.
View this series of conversations that discussed UDL strategies used by Adler faculty. Discussions took place in 2023.