What do students most commonly ask their instructors to do to make their courses and course materials more accessible? In the video series "From Where I Sit", students with disabilities share their engaging stories and offer suggestions for making the classroom experience better for everyone.
After this workshop, faculty and administrators will be able to:
Time and Materials
These stories can also be accessed through the CSU Accessible Technology Website (http://www.calstate.edu/accessibility).
Although the number of individuals with disabilities seeking postsecondary education has increased significantly in recent years, they are still underrepresented in many academic and career areas. Federal legislation mandates that, when needed, academic accommodations be made to ensure that otherwise qualified students with disabilities have educational opportunities equal to those of their non-disabled peers.
Studies show that faculty members, staff, and students who have had interactions with students with disabilities generally have more positive attitudes about working with these students. Further, those who are familiar with accommodation strategies are better prepared to make arrangements which will ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in their programs.
The students in this film describe some of the problems and solutions that surfaced in their academic experiences. Some of the common solutions suggested by these students are included in the the handout which accompanies this film.
Discuss possible classroom strategies that may ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate. How can these practices benefit all students? Discuss particular campus issues and resources. How might solutions for issues be found? How might campus resources be made known to those in need?
Extending the Activity
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