Mount Holyoke College is dedicated to ensuring that all students are equal and full participants in the college experience by working to identify and remove barriers to accessing our curriculum and activities. Faculty can assist in this by inviting students to share information about their approved academic accommodation(s) early in the semester, or anytime new accommodations are granted.
Accommodations that may be provided to students, upon approval by the AccessAbility office (the College’s disability services office) include:
- Alternative testing conditions (i.e., extended time, low-distraction)
- Accessible textbook formats (i.e., large print, electronic formats)
- Accessible, adaptive, or assistive technology
- Accessible classroom location or configuration
- Note-taking support
Inclusion also extends beyond formal accommodations. Please consider how your syllabus and classroom activities shape the perception of “ability” and how universal design could help to improve learning for all students.
Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.