Teaching Students with Disabilities

UC Santa Cruz embraces diversity and disability is part of that diversity. It is likely you have had or will have students with disabilities in your classes and programs. Consideration for students with disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during course planning will help prevent unnecessary complications and additions once your class begins.

Types of Disabilities

The DRC serves hundreds of students who have a wide variety of conditions that affect their ability to access the classes, services, and programs here at UCSC. Most of the students with disabilities at UCSC have invisible disabilities: learning, psychological, chronic medical conditions, ADHD, and others. Some students come to UCSC without ever having been identified as having a disability at their high school or community college. Others may already know they have a disability but have decided to try to make it without accommodations. To learn more about types of disabilities, we recommend:

Association on Higher Education And Disability

American Association of People with Disabilities

Disability History Project

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Disability Exhibit


Working with Students with Disabilities