Faculty Handbook on Disability Resources

Universal design of instruction allows your course to be accessible to all types of learners. The information presented by Sheryl Burgstahler from the University of Washington may be helpful in creating courses that ensure lectures, discussions, visual aids, videos, printed materials, labs, and fieldwork are accessible to all students.


Syllabus Statement

In accordance with federal law, if you have a documented disability, you may be eligible to request accommodations from Disability Resources. In order to be considered for accommodations you must present a memo from disability resources. Please contact their office to register at 216.368.5230 or get more information on how to begin the process. Please keep in mind that accommodations are not retroactive.


Faculty Handbook Table of Contents

Section 1: Federal Legislation

Section 2: Case Policies and Procedures

Section 3: Defining Disability

Section 4: Disability Categories and Examples

Section 5: Disability Etiquette

Section 6: Reasonable Accommodations

About the Author
I am Elise Geither, PhD, a current Associate Director in ESS.Elise Geither

I am available to assist faculty in supporting students in their courses and in engaging with the larger campus community.

I have worked in education for 20 years and have supported students in transitioning from the K-12 to university environment. My areas of expertise include:

  • discussion-based seminar classes
  • online courses
  • hybrid classes
  • traditional and non-traditional students
In addition to my higher education work, I have assisted local school districts in setting up programs that meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

My book, Helping Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Express Their Thoughts and Knowledge in Writing, is available through Jessica Kingsley Publishers and focuses on techniques for assignment construction and classroom instruction.

Please contact me with questions and thoughts on how to best support you and your students.