Resources to help you create a classroom environment that maximizes the learning of all students, regardless of disability, can be found on your campus, on the World Wide Web, in publications, and through professional organizations. This area of The Faculty Room provides a guide to useful resources, organized into the following sections:

  • Specific Disability/Academic Activity Resources - Resources related to teaching students with specific disabilities, or in specific academic activities.
  • Knowledge Base - Search the Knowledge Base for question and answers, case studies, and promising practices regarding the education and employment of students with disabilities.
  • CSD Quick Guide - The CSD Quick Guide is a fast tool faculty and staff can use to determine what to do, who to call, and how to find answers to disability related questions that come up in the classroom and beyond.

Working with a Student who is Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deafblind

Will you have a Sign Language interpreter in your classroom this semester? Information on the role of the interpreter in your classroom and general information regarding the interpreting process. Included is important information on removing instructional barriers for all students including students with disabilities.

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Technology Resources

For instructors creating PowerPoint presentations. This article will assist in creating a presentation as accessible as possible: http://webaim.org/techniques/powerpoint/#create

For information on common Assistive/Adaptive technologies used on UW-Whitewater's campus: 

Access 4 All (available at http://etc.usf.edu/techease/4all/ ) is a website where students (and faculty) can learn more about the assistive technology they have available to them as part of their operating systems.

Captioning resources:


Designing accessible websites:


Accessibility for Videos and Podcasts:


Universal Design


The IDeA Center is dedicated to making environments and products more usable, safer and healthier in response to the needs of an increasingly diverse population. The IDeA Center's activities are based on the philosophy of Inclusive Design, often called "Universal Design" or "Design for All." It is a way of thinking that can be applied in any design activity, business practice, program or service involving interaction of people with the physical, social or virtual worlds.

The IDeA Center has divided its content into two separate websites: the IDeA Center (current site) and Universal Design E-World (UD E-World) . The IDeA Center site provides a brief overview of what we do, while UD E-World serves as a participatory environment with web based tools to support the "community of practice" in universal design. All of our ongoing research, development projects and publications can be found on UD E-World.