Faculty & Staff Resources and Strategies


AccessCollege: Postsecondary Education and Students with Disabilities

The University of Washington DO-IT has short list of webpages that assist faculty and staff in serving students with disabilities in their classrooms. The webpages includes the following resources: faculty room, student services conference room, employment office, student lounge, veterans center, board room, and the Center for Universal Design in Education. 

Accessible Texts: A Guide for Postsecondary Disability Services Providers

The purpose of this resource guide is to provide postsecondary disability support service providers with essential information and tools for supporting students who require printed texts in accessible formats. The resource guide consists of four sections that provide important information about accessible texts, including:

Part I: The legal landscape of accessible texts

Part II: An overview of common and available file formats for electronic texts

Part III: Information about available assistive technologies for accessible texts

Part IV: Outlets for obtaining electronic and accessible texts

Resource Appendix: Professional Resources, publications, and tools for disability support providers

Accessing Education: A Guide for Faculty and Staff—University of Texas

This guide from the University of Texas at Arlington is a handbook for faculty and staff. The guide provides information on legal background for including students with disabilities in college, rights and responsibilities of students and faculty, accommodations, confidentiality, and disability-specific information.

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

AHEAD is a professional membership organization for those involved in developing and advocating for quality higher education of students with disabilities. AHEAD started in 1977, and since then, the organization has been working to promote equal opportunities for students with disabilities in higher education. The organization also offers professional development through conferences, workshops, and publications for those who teach students with disabilities in higher education. The site gives website laws, assistive technology, and job opportunities. The site lists annual conferences for those interested in attending.
Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST, is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning. CAST shares their research development on UDL and provide learning tools as well as professional development opportunities.
DO-IT Prof is a project supported by the U.S. Department of Education and managed by the DO-IT program at the University of Washington. Its goal is to maximize the success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education and, ultimately, careers. It provides resources that help postsecondary faculty and administrators more fully include qualified students with disabilities in their academic offerings. This program description includes links to other resources.
The University of Washington offers this resource to all interested faculty in teaching students with disabilities. Topics include tips for engaging students with disabilities, Universal Design, and a list of accommodation strategies.
The U.S. Department of Education has created an Adult College Tool Kit to assist educators in addressing college access, quality, and completion. The tool kit is designed to help adult learners, adults in corrections, veterans, and skilled immigrants transition to college. The tool kit focuses on three areas for adults transitioning to college: access, quality, and completion. The area of access highlights academic preparation, financial resources, as well as other supports to help students prepare for college. The area of quality is grounded in evidenced-based practices to help services prepare adult learners for postsecondary education. Last but not least, the area of completion provides an overview of administrative policies and programmatic approaches to encourage student motivation as well as persistence in the postsecondary education settings.
This “Fast Facts for Faculty” page from Westminster College offers information and resources on a variety of topics related to teaching students with disabilities such as Guided Notes, FAQs, and disability specific resources. This page is maintained by Westminster College Disability Services.
The Wisconsin Technical Colleges (WTCS) Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Guide was developed through a two-year effort by a workgroup consisting of disability services representatives from technical colleges, the Autism Society of WI, and the WTCS Office. The staff from the WI Dept. of Public Instruction provided additional expertise and assistance in developing the guide. The guide was developed to provide disability support providers, university staff, and faculty with useful tools and strategies in working with college students on the autism spectrum. The guide provides information on the following topics:
  • Transition planning and admissions from high school to postsecondary education setting
  • Accommodations and strategies for students with ASD
  • Transition to employment and community

WTCS provides permission to share, make copies, and utilize all or part of the guide to assist serving students with ASD.