Accessible Education Office (click to go to home page)
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1350 Massachusetts Avenue
The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center, Fourth Floor
Cambridge MA 02138
tel: 617-496-8707 - fax: 617-496-1098 - tty: 617-496-3720

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Universal Design Access
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INFORMATION FOR FACULTY: Universal Design Access

All of us learn differently, apart from interest in the topic and regardless of whether we carry a disability-related diagnosis. Visual learners may not remember a conversation as well as a painting; and auditory learners may be able to describe a symphony more completely than a problem set. Self-initiated compensating strategies, such as reading glasses, higher volume, rereading passages aloud or more slowly can mitigate some difficulties.

When such measures are ineffective, motivated learners benefit from selecting materials available in their preferred medium; use of advanced technological tools such as voice output of computerized print; assistance with the mechanics of note taking; and alternative ways of presenting material and demonstrating mastery and proficiency.

If these options are available from the outset, they become the backbone of universal instructional design which ultimately lessen the need to provide accommodations for persons with disabilities because teaching strategies are already multi-modal and inclusive in anticipation of the different ways in which we learn. Please visit our section on the Model to Determine Essential Components of Curriculum.

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