It is important to familiarize yourself with the accommodation and the accessibility resources and protocols at your university to ensure you are following recommended practices.Adaptech, Teaching College Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Professors Guelph University – Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support brochure, Teaching Students with a Physical Disability Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Disability Information and Strategies University of Ottawa, A Guide for Professors: Minimizing the Impact of Learning Obstacles Trent University, Accessibility in Teaching: Strategies and Requirements for Supporting an Accessible Learning Environment York University, Faculty Resource Guide: Teaching Students with Disabilities Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario Muscular Dystrophy Canada To obtain this document in an alternative format, please contact: Council of Ontario Universities 180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1100, Toronto ON M5G 1Z8 Tel: 416-979-2165 | [email protected] | Fax: 416-979-8635 | Web: | Created June 2013 [i] The term Accessible Education has been adopted to capture the value of two frameworks in improving the accessibility of university education: Universal Instructional Design (UID) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
Employers and educators are required to provide reasonable accommodations under 2 separate laws: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued Enforcement Guidance on the ADA and Psychiatric Disability.
The first step in identifying the accommodations you need is to know the demands of your job or coursework.
The second step is to figure out your “functional limitations” — that is, how your disability may make it hard for you to meet those demands.
The following are common academic accommodations that may be required for students with physical disabilities.
This list is not exhaustive and is not intended to replace the official request for academic accommodations as communicated by the Office for Students with Disabilities.
Some physical disabilities are episodic; they can flare up, and then go through periods of remission.
Some persons with physical disabilities may be accompanied by a personal support person.
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].
Under the , you have a responsibility to learn about accessibility for persons with disabilities and how it relates to the development and delivery of accessible programs and courses.
Although some of the adjustments might be different from those that work for other people, they accomplish the same goal — allowing qualified employees or students to do the best job they can.