Part 3 - General Classroom Considerations

Part 3 - General Classroom Considerations

Disability Inclusion in Curriculum Development

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District encourages the college to broaden its course development to meet a variety of learning styles, cultural backgrounds, skill levels, and social experiences. The DSPS Division staff is available to consult with faculty who wish to incorporate relevant disability issues in their curriculum.  The following are examples of how to include  disability issues in the curriculum classroom strategies:

  • Contributions of persons with disabilities to a discipline or vocational field. For example: describe the contributions and discoveries made by Deaf scientists.
  • The historical treatment of persons with disabilities in a discipline or vocation. For example: include the development of the “mainstreaming” movement in an education course.
  • An opportunity for students to speak from their perspective as persons with disabilities in response to relevant topics.  For example: have local disability issues presented in a media course or discuss disabilities etiquette in a communication course.
  • The development of accessible course materials to a broad number of students. For example: select textbooks that include study guides, electronic text, closed-captioned videos, and accessible Web sites.
  • Alternative formats for all students to demonstrate mastery of course objectives.  For example: permit students to submit papers by e-mail or on audiotape.
  • The inclusion of contemporary social issues of access for persons with disabilities in a discipline or vocational field.  For example: incorporate universal design concepts in a product design and manufacturing course, or cover the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act in a personnel management or business law course.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

"Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs."

National Center on Universal Design for Learning


To learn more about Universal Design for Learning (UDL), check out these Web links and resources:



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