The Office of Special Services is a neutral agent of the University dedicated to promoting accessible learning environments and experiences for individuals with disabilities. The Office of Special Services facilitates the cultivation of universal design for learning practices and the establishment of accessible instruction through collaboration with faculty. The Office of Special Services embodies a resource for faculty and invites consultations from faculty via phone, office visit, or e-mail.
Teaching and Learning
The Faculty Room is a space for faculty and administrators at postsecondary institutions to learn about how to create classroom environments and academic activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities.
The Veterans Center
The Veterans Center is a space for postsecondary faculty and administrators to learn about how to create classroom environments and campus activities that maximize the learning of all students, including veterans who have disabilities. Much of the content is duplicated in other publications, training materials, and web pages published by DO-IT.
Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning is an educational approach with three primary principles:
- Multiple means of representation, to give diverse learners options for acquiring information and knowledge,
- Multiple means of action and expression, to provide learners options for demonstrating what they know,
- Multiple means of engagement, to tap into learners' interests, offer appropriate challenges, and increase motivation.
UDL Center http://www.udlcenter.org/
CAST: Universal Design for Learning http://cast.org/udl/index.html
The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008
On September 25, 2008, the President signed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 ("ADA Amendments Act" or "Act"). The Act emphasizes that the definition of disability should be construed in favor of broad coverage of individuals to the maximum extent permitted by the terms of the ADA and generally shall not require extensive analysis.
Internships and the ADA
Accessibility of Instructional Materials
In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to require federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology and open new opportunities for people with disabilities.
Learning Disability and ADHD Resources: http://www.ldonline.org/index.php.
National Alliance on Mental Illness:
Brain Injury - San Diego Brain Injury Foundation: http://sdbif.org/