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Guidelines for Teaching Students with Disabilities

Adapted from Johns Hopkins University

General Strategies for Optimizing Learning:

Many teaching strategies that assist students with disabilities are also known to benefit students without disabilities. Instruction provided using a variety of approaches and strategies will reach more students than instruction using one method. The links below include suggestions to assist instructors in meeting the growing diversity of student needs in the classroom, particularly those with disabilities.

Instructional Materials

Teaching and Presenting


Disabilities Resource Links

Universal Design in College Instruction

Points to Remember

  • When in doubt about how to assist, ask the student directly and check the Letter of Accommodation provided by Access Services. If you still have questions, call the Access Services office.
  • Confidentiality of all student information is essential. At no time should the class be informed that a student has a disability, unless the student makes a specific request to do so.
  • The Student Code of Conduct regarding disruptive behavior applies to all students. Clearly state behavioral expectations for all students; discuss them openly in your classroom, on your syllabus, and with individual students as needed.
  • If you require assistance or guidance concerning a student with a disability, please contact the appropriate Access Services accommodation specialist.

Contact Information

Office Hours:
Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm
Drop-in Hours:
Mondays 11:30am-12:30pm
Phone Numbers:
OFFICE(206) 592-3857
TTY(206) 870-4853
VP(253) 237-1106
FAX (206) 878-7247


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