We appreciate that faculty members at U-M wish to accommodate students with disabilities so that their classes may be as inclusive of diversity as possible. However, the best practices for providing accommodations may not always be obvious. We have assembled the following list of tips and resources to provide a starting point.
1. Think about it.
2. Do your best to face the classroom when speaking.
3. Use 12 pt or larger fonts in documents, websites, etc.
4. Consider the contrast of text and background.
5. Lean towards simplicity.
6. Consider preparing in-class materials that can be distributed in advance.
7. Ensure that your class website and digital materials are accessible.
8. Be aware that enterprise applications may have accessibility problems.
9. Use language in your syllabus that encourages students who need accommodations to pursue them.
10. If an accommodation a student requests concerns you, build a bridge instead of a wall as you try to address your concerns.
For more on this topic, go to the ITS Top 10 Instructional Accessibility Tips article.
For more help at the University of Michigan:
U-M Office for Institutional Equity
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator
University of Michigan Information Technology Services
U-M Council for Disability Concerns (CfDC)
Contact: Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
Contact: Dr. Stuart Segal