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:

Links to types of disabilities information
Association on Higher Education And Disability Disability History Project
American Association of People with Disabilities Smithsonian National Museum of American History Disability Exhibit

 Working with Students with Disabilities

Links to resources on working with students with disabilities
Educause Article for Improved Student Learning 

Student Stories

OCR Short Webinar on Online Education and Website Accessibility Facing Anxiety: Students share how they cope and how campuses can help

Working with students on the Autism Spectrum, including students with Asperger's Syndrome

Working with a Deaf/Hard of Hearing student, a Sign Language Interpreter and a Realtime Captioner
Why I Speak Up About Living With Epilepsy - TED Talk

General Etiquette for Interacting People with Disabilities


Links to simulations of different disabilities
Screenreader Simulation Dyslexia Simulation
Low Vision Simulation Distractability Simulation