Rebecca Johnson--The Disability Services Office at RIT has compiled a list of specific practices for teaching students with particular disabilities. We’ve taken some of that information on their website and turned it around, looking at which practices can help the most students.* This list is a great example of how Universal Design for Learning works. While each of these is an evidence-based strategy for supporting a student with a particular disability, any of these practices can help all of your students.
- Provide a syllabus with clear explanations of tasks and specific due dates.
- Identify your textbooks early so students have time to order them in alternate format as needed.
- Remind students of deadlines.
- For large projects or long papers help the student breakdown the task into component parts. Set deadlines for each part.
- Face the class when speaking. Speak clearly and naturally.
- Provide prompt, explicit feedback, both in written and oral format.
- Be open to suggestions from the student about how to best accommodate their needs.
* It is important to know that this is NOT a comprehensive list of practices and strategies to aid students with accommodations. Please consult the Disability Services Office for additional information.
For more information on UDL, see the materials on our Access and Inclusion page.