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The Accessible Virtual Campus

Lectures, Presentations and Instructional Methods

Learning experiences in post-secondary education take many forms.  Different strategies to include students with disabilities may be necessary for different types of learning experiences.

Many of these methods are important for non-instructional staff to utilize as well.  All campus presentations and experiences need to be designed for equal participation.

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Planning for a New Semester With UDE in Mind - A Commentary  (Research based)

How should faculty approach course planning with UDE in mind? This commentary explores questions about getting started with UDE, UDE course design, and the application of UDE principles.

Dave Edyburn, Co-principal Investigator, UD ITEACH Project, UWM

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Accessibility in the Classroom

This website provides link for advice on how to make the classroom more accessible using Microsoft and has a guide to download.

Microsoft

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Accessible Materials – Ten Top Tips

This website provides ‘ten top tips’ to ensure that information in printed formats like flyers, leaflets and posters are easily accessible for everyone, including people with disabilities. Color, contrast, font and more are discussed on this British website page.

Hampshire County Council 2010

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CAST Learning Tools

This website provides links to free learning tools for students, teachers and parents.

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Equal Access: UD of Instruction

Thursday workshop handout, Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler. This worksheet provides a checklist for inclusive teaching.

Burgstahler, S. DO-IT, University of Washington

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Fonts and Accessibility

This webpage discusses which fonts are the most readable and which are the most appropriate for web use. The different "font families" are compared and contrasted.

WebAIM

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Tips for Communicating with People who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

A tip sheet for communicating with individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.

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UCD Resource Mapping

This website provides practical approaches to organizing and disseminating campus wide resources for universal course design.

Equity and Excellence in Higher Education: Universal Course Design

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Universal Course Design (UCD)

This website about Universal Course Design (UCD), from the Equity and Excellence in Higher Education grant, based at the University of Massachusetts Boston, was developed for faculty to ensure that students with disabilities receive a quality higher education through refinement, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of the Universal Course Design model of professional development. Additional model demonstration sites included the Universities of New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont and Rhode Island College.

The Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston

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Universal Course Design Tools

This webpage highlights over 50 tools available to accommodate student learning needs. Includes pictures. "It includes summaries of the primary uses and advantages of each specific tool, as well as an example of how each tool has been used by faculty and students."

Equity and Excellence in Higher Education: Universal Course Design

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Universal Design in Education - Applying the Seven Principles

The seven principles of product and environmental universal design (from The Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University) are applied to education on this printable "CATS Fact Sheet". Please note that wording is adjusted to the education realm.

"In these terms, universal design means the development of curriculum, instructional materials and instruction to be accessible to and useable by students with different backgrounds and abilities. The key aspect of a universally designed curriculum is its in-built flexibility."

CATS (Creating Accessible Teaching & Support) is hosted by the University of Tasmania, and was funded by the Australian Government, Department of Education, Employment, & Workplace Relations and the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

Australian Government, Department of Education, Employment, & Workplace Relations and the Australian Learning and Teaching Council

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Using Universal Design for Learning: Successful Transition Models for Educators Working with Youth with Learning Disabilities

This InfoBrief identifies and explains selected classroom-based strategies within the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) model.

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W3C - The World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops specifications, guidelines, software, and tools to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding. On this page, you'll find news, links and ways to get involved. The WCAG 2.0 Guidelines for web accessibility originated with W3C, as well as over 100 other web standards toward the goal of "Web interoperability". Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989 has served as the W3C Director since W3C was founded, in 1994.

W3C - The World Wide Web Consortium

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A lot of people with a disability say, "This is who I am. I don't come here hoping my disability will go away, but because I want to participate."

Carolyn R. Thompson