Does it seem like you have more students in your classes who have an Accessible Education Services (AES) accommodation plan? Your intuition is correct, and it’s not just you, according to AES manager Melanie Gangle. Accessible Education Services is experiencing slow but steady growth, and is currently serving over 350 students with disabilities. This equals about 8.5 percent of the student population, and the vast majority of these students experience a non-apparent disability. The following resources and tips from AES are designed to support faculty in facilitating accommodations and accessibility in your teaching.
Did you know that Accessible Education Services has a Faculty Toolbox in PilotsUP for faculty regarding AES accommodations for students? Here you will find information on faculty responsibilities regarding accommodations, as well as tips on facilitating accommodations working with students with specific types of disabilities.
Are you looking for more general resources to support student learning in your course? Given the nation-wide growth in clinically significant anxiety and depression among college students, Kristel Gallagher and Shevaun Stocker developed a Guide to Incorporating Social-Emotional Learning in the College Classroom, which features a curriculum containing short weekly activities for students to complete outside of class (apart from an initial activity for the first class day), suitable for adapting and adding to any course curriculum. These activities are based on exercises from the Greater Good in Science Center’s website, based at UC Berkeley.
Do you have questions about accommodations for a specific student in your class? Please reach out to Gangle at email@example.com, or Susan Ayres, AES access counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and technical assistance regarding student-related accommodation questions.