Oct 10th 2016

Disability Awareness and Support (Coursera)

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The goal of this course is to promote equal opportunity and the full participation of students with disabilities in higher education by helping participants advance their awareness of the meaning of accessibility in education. Participants will gain competence and confidence in working with students by focusing on legislation, universal design, and assistive technologies.

Worldwide greater numbers of students with disabilities are taking advantage of higher education opportunities due to enactment of laws regarding equal opportunity and accessibility, technology enhancements in classrooms, successful inclusion of students with disabilities in public schools, and acceptance of individuals with disabilities by the general public.

Colleges and universities rely on established best practices of course design as they strive to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities in the classroom. Courses can be modified and made accessible by adhering to specific accommodations recommended by the office of Disability Resource Services. Providing accessible course materials allows students, regardless of disability status, to engage with course content, other students and the instructor. Developing accessible course materials takes planning, time and knowledge. However, there are adjustments instructors can make to existing course content that positively effect readability, usability and accessibility for all students.

Participants in this course will focus on the topics of disability legislation, universal design, readability and assistive technologies.