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.
Learn how disability is part of who we are as human beings, and how a good life is possible for everyone. 20% of the global population has a disability, which means most of us will have an experience of disability in our lives, whether it be personally, through our family and friends, or in our workplaces and communities. But what is disability? It’s often assumed that people with disabilities can’t have a good life. But what is a good life?
Persons with disabilities are frequently marginalized in society and face numerous challenges in the enjoyment of their human rights. In the past such challenges were seen as an unavoidable consequence of their impairments. More recently, the introduction of a human rights-based model of disability has contributed to a shift in perceptions and attitudes. Viewing disability from a human rights standpoint implicates a change in the way States and all sectors of society consider persons with disabilities: no longer as recipients of medical care and charity or objects of others’ decisions, but holders of rights. This free and open to all MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively approach disability from a human rights perspective. Drawing from expertise and examples at the global and national level, it offers a multidisciplinary and multifaceted overview of historical developments, main standards, key issues, and current challenges in this area of human rights protection.
Join this free online course to find out how inclusive education can work, especially where resources are limited. Have you or a family member ever been excluded from any learning, social, or other activity - at work, at school or socially? You may remember how painful this experience was. Millions of children around the world are excluded from access to education because of a disability - their exclusion robs them of their potential and diminishes our society.