Universal Design as a concept is about making physical and social environments aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life.
Here are some links to the WebAIM site about how to make your electronic files (esp. teaching materials) universally accessible.
- Making Word Files Accessible (WebAIM)
- Powerpoint Accessibility (WebAIM)
- PDF Accessiblity (WebAIM)
- Web Accessibilty Evaluation Tool (WebAIM)
Another great resource is this 34 page PDF, authored principally by Tina Doyle, Director of UTSC Accessibility and Teresa Dawson, former Director, UTSC Teaching and Learning Services. It offers help in understanding disability and accommodations legislation, policy, guidelines and recommendations, as well as some very practical ideas for making your class accessible to all students.
Written in 2004, but a touchstone publication. ^bks