In order to create a truly inclusive learning environment, it’s important not to put the responsibility for determining accommodations entirely on students with disabilities, nor on Disability & Access Services. Instead, strive to be an active partner in making your classroom and the entire university more accessible. While there are always better teaching practices you can learn about and work to adopt, it’s not possible to change everything about the way you teach overnight. Prioritize becoming more knowledgeable, more flexible, and open to making changes that respond to what students with disabilities tell you they need. The first step in creating an accessible learning environment is to signal to your students from the first day that you are listening, so that the conversation can begin. Here are some ways to approach that process.

Guide to Inclusive Teaching in Writing Classrooms