For Educators & Program Coordinators

AccessSTEM Promising Practices
Links to 57 articles highlight practices that show promise for increasing the participation of individuals with disabilities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Basics About Disabilities and Science and Engineering Education
Free file download - An introduction to disability issues, history, laws, and research for educators who have little or no experience with students or colleagues with disabilities.

Disabilities, Teaching Strategies, and Resources
This site presents accommodation and inclusive strategies for students with disabilities. Topics include teaching strategies, learning environments, and assistive/adaptive technologies. All of the strategies have been found to assist students with disabilities in their academic pursuits.

Disabled Students Program at University of California - Berkley
This site offers suggetions for teaching students with disabilities.

DO-IT's Academic Resources for K-12 Educators
K-12 teachers, administrators, and support staff will find these resources useful as they strive to fully include students with disabilities in their classrooms, labs, and programs. Permission is granted to print and reproduce DO-IT publications for training and information dissemination.

Explore It After School! Technology and Science Program for Students with Visual Impairments
This resource guide includes lesson plans for science and technology projects, as well as resources for career exploration to broaden the academic and career options for visually impaired students. It was created by Techbridge, an after-school program that provides hands-on activities designed to increase interest in science and technology, promote confidence, and build leadership skills. 

High School/High Tech Program Guide: A Comprehensive Transition Program Promoting Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for Youth with Disabilities
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this comprehensive program of transition services utilizes an array of activities identified in the Guideposts for Success to expose youth with disabilities to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and encourage them to pursue postsecondary education to prepare for such careers.

Making the Right Turn: A Guide About Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this guide provides professionals with well-researched and documented facts, offers evidence-based research, highlights promising practices, and points out areas requiring further attention by policymakers. It includes the Guideposts for Success for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Corrections System, which highlights specific experiences, supports, and services that are relevant to improving transition outcomes for youth with and without disabilities involved or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.

Ohio Department of Education Learning Supports
Administrative guidance and oversight activities to ensure that students with disabilities receive the specialized instruction and support needed for success in school and in life

Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this guide focuses on career-focused mentoring of older youth and youth development outcomes for youth with disabilities. Contains: overview, developmental context, role, disabilities context, settings and approaches, operating mentoring programs (forms, permission letters, screening, activity logs, etc), evaluation, and marketing materials.

Plotting the Course for Success: An Individualized Mentoring Plan for Youth with Disabilities
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this document guides mentors and mentees through a number of activities to help them think about youth's developmental needs and goals, and what activities, experiences, and connections can help youth achieve those goals. It also enables mentors to express how they would like to see themselves grow in the mentor-mentee relationship.

SciTrain is a research initiative to train high school math and science teachers to be more effective instructors for students with disabilities. Learn how to make your science, math and computer science classrooms more effective for students with disabilities and ADHD. SciTrain online courses are free. Learn about classroom accommodations, adapted tests and laboratories, assistive technology, laws, and policies.

Web Design & Development I - Instructor Version (AccessIT Website)
The Web Design & Development I course curriculum is a project-based introduction to web design developed for use in secondary schools, grades 9-12. The curriculum emphasizes standards-based and accessible design, and is cross-platform, vendor-neutral, and freely available for teachers to use in their own classrooms.

Working with Students with Disabilities
This guide from Towson University (Maryland) provides information on various types of disabilities that students may have in your classroom.

NCSET Research to Practice Briefs
This website offers links to information on improving secondary education and transition services through research.

Universal Design: Process, Principles, and Applications 
Designing any product or environment involves the consideration of many factors, including aesthetics, engineering options, environmental issues, safety concerns, industry standards, and cost. Typically, designers consider the average user. In contrast, universal design (UD), according to the Center for Universal Design, "is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design". This web page provides comprehensive information about UD and specific applications to the learning environment.

Equal Access: Universal Design of Computer Labs
As increasing numbers of people with disabilities pursue educational opportunities that require computer use, accessibility of computing facilities is critical. The vision is simply equal access. Everyone who needs to use your lab should be able to do so comfortably. This web page provides guidelines, examples and resources.

Equal Access: Universal Design of Computer Labs 
This video presentation shows how to make computer labs accessible to people with disabilities. It is designed to train computer lab managers in precollege and college environments to design labs that are accessible to everyone, including students with disabilities.

Equal Access: Universal Design of Your Project
This web page  provides a checklist for making projects welcoming, accessible, and usable.

Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology
This video presentation provides an overview of adaptive technology and computer applications for people with disabilities. High school and college students with a wide variety of disabilities share their experiences using computers and demonstrate the technology used. This video can be used to train teachers, computer lab staff, students with disabilities and their advocates about how everyone can operate computers.

Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology
By using computing technology for tasks such as reading and writing documents, communicating with others, and searching for information on the Internet, students and employees with disabilities are capable of handling a wider range of activities independently. Still, people with disabilities face a variety of barriers to computer use. These barriers can be grouped into three functional categories: barriers to providing computer input, interpreting output, and reading supporting documentation. Hardware and software tools (known as adaptive or assistive technologies) have been developed to provide functional alternatives to these standard operations. Specific products, and approaches to using them, are described on this web page.  

An Accommodation Model
With appropriate accommodations, students with disabilities can be challenged to reach the same high academic standards set for students without disabilities. DO-IT's Accommodation Model and Student Abilities Profile are tools that can help teachers work with students to create an optimum learning environment.

DO-IT Knowledge Base
The Knowledge Base is continually growing to include answers to common questions, case studies, and promising practices regarding accessibility of technology, college, graduate school, and careers for individuals with disabilities. Use the on-line form on this web page to locate specific information.