Accessible classroom resources promote student engagement and agency



Accessible Syllabus

This digital project grew out of the article “Teaching is Accommodation: Universally Designing Composition Classrooms and Syllabi,” free access from College Composition and Communication.


Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning, CAST
The Center for Universal Design in Education, University of Washington
National Center for Universal Design for Learning


Accessible Images

Digital Image and Graphic Resources for Accessible Material
Color Universal Design


Accessible Text

Multimodality in Motion: Disability & Kairotic Spaces, Kairos 18.1 (2013)
“Access/ibility: Access and Usability for Digital Publishing,” Kairos
Dyslexia Style Guide, British Dyslexia Association
Text Layout Advice,
Guides to Accessible Word, PDF, and PowerPoint Presentations, University of Mississippi


Accessible Policies

Wood, Tara and Shannon Madden. Suggested Practices for Syllabus Accessibility Statements.
Danielewicz, Jane and Peter Elbow. “A Unilateral Grading Contract to Improve Learning and Teaching.” CCC 61.2 (Dec. 2009): 244-68.
Roberts, Susan, Myke Fulton, and George Semb. Self-Pacing in a Personalized Psychology Course: Letting Students Set the Deadlines.” Teaching of Psychology 15.2 (Apr. 1988): 89-92.
Shor, Ira. When Student Have Power: Negotiating Authority in a Critical Pedagogy. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2014.
Aycock, John and Jim Uhl. “Choice in the Classroom.” ACM SIGCSE Bulletin 37.4 (Dec. 2005): 84-88.


Disability Accommodations & the Law

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Amendments Act of 2008
Grossman, Paul. “Making Accommodations: The Legal World of Students with Disabilities.” Academe 87 (Nov-Dec 2001): 41-46.
Emens, Elizabeth. “Disabling Attitudes: U.S. Disability Law and the ADA Amendments Acts.” Disability Studies Reader. 4th ed. Ed. Lennard J. Davis. New York: Routledge, 2013. 42-57.



Afros, Elena and Catherine Schryner. “The Genre of Syllabus in Higher Education.” Journal of English for Academic Purposes 8.3 (Sep. 2009): 224-33.  
Baecker, Diann L.  “Uncovering the Rhetoric of the Syllabus: The Case of the Missing I.” College Teaching 46.2 (1998): 58-62.  
Becker, Angela and Sharon Calhoon. What Introductory Psychology Students Attend to on a Course Syllabus. Teaching of Psychology 26.1 (1999): 6-11. 
Collins, Terrence. “For Openers . . . An Inclusive Course Syllabus.” New Paradigms for College Teaching (1997): 79-102.  
Cunliff, Ed. “The Boring Syllabus.” The Teaching Professor 28.2 (Feb 2014): 5.
Singham, Mano. “Away from the Authoritarian Classroom.” Change (May/June 2005): 51-7.
Singham, Mano. “Death to the Syllabus.” Liberal Education (Fall 2007): 52-56.