Tips for A More Accessible Classroom
Commit to teaching inclusively. If you’re not sure how to start, there are endless free resources online to help you get started.
Use as many formats as possible to help students learn. The more formats you use; the more students you will reach.
Don’t make assumptions. Girma had teachers who assumed because she was blind she could not use computers or do art. She loves computers and they support accessibility. She also enjoys creating art. Rather than assume what a student can or can’t do, and before excusing them from an activity, start by trying to figure out how a topic can be made accessible. Speak to the student, other students, colleagues, and experts.
Hire teachers with disabilities. Bring in speakers with disabilities. Have students with disabilities share ways they learn and live in this world.
Accessible Digital Content
All content you share with students should follow the web content accessibility guidelines. This enables students with disabilities, those who are not fluent in English, and everyone else, access content more effectively.