Inclusive Teaching Practice
The Disability Standards for Education and Universities Australia has specific guidelines relating to students with disability and state that, “curricula should be inclusive and student centred, taking account of the diversity of student needs; and the delivery and assessment of courses should be inclusive and enable students with a disability to demonstrate equitably the achievement of learning outcomes”. It is important for academic staff to be aware of inclusive practice principles and to incorporate these principles into curriculum design.
The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) provides information and resources relating to inclusive course design and teaching practice for students with disability.
Universal Design for Teaching
The Centre for Universal Design refers to Universal Design as “a design concept that can be applied to concrete things, to intellectual activities such as designing learning programs, and to conceptual things such as policies and practices.” Universal Design can be applied to education as a way to provide more inclusive teaching practice and program and course design that meets the needs of students with disability.
The Centre for Universal Design has an online course that you can complete if you would like to learn more about inclusive teaching practice.
If you would like support and advice in incorporating inclusive practice in your curriculum design, please contact AccessAbility.