Accessibility and Inclusive Teaching


Students bring a wide variety of visual, hearing, cognitive, physical and communication abilities to learning. Is there an average learner in your classroom? View Variability Matters video.

Inclusive Teaching

This Accessibility and Inclusive Teaching [pdf] is to provide you with an overview of our students and what we CAN do for them.  More detailed UDL Guidelines - Educator Worksheet [pdf] or Inclusive Course Design checklist [pdf] is available to help you design your inclusive and accessible course for all students including those with special learning profile or needs.

Seven Steps for Preparing Accessible/Inclusive Teaching

Step 1: Create Your Accessible Syllabus

Use accessible syllabus template [docx] to develop syllabus for your course.

Step 2: Order Books On Time

Submit orders for textbooks and course readers through the SJSU Bookstore's Faculty Resources affiliate page as early as possible. This will permit bookstore staff to procure accessible versions of these materials.

Step 3: Submit "Reserve" Material to Library

Submit course reading materials through SJSU library's course reserves list in a timely fashion. This will permit library staff to ensure that these materials are accessible and available in the library.

Step 4: Make Your Print Material Accessible

Follow Accessibility Guidelines to create your text-based or printed course documents, handouts, or slides.

Step 5: Make Your A/V Material Accessible

For non-print multimedia course materials, add closed captions to your video or transcripts for your audio materials. Visit Captioning Support and Multimedia Accessibility page for more information.

Step 6: Make Your Web Presence Accessible

Make sure your official SJSU faculty profile page, your Canvas, or other web reference pages are up to date and accessible. Use this web content accessibility evaluation tool to test and see if the websites are accessible.

Step 7: Contact the AEC About Testing

If you have students registered with the Accessible Education Center, review Faculty Test Accommodation Information to learn how to ensure your quizzes, examinations or assessment materials are accessible to your AEC students.

Understanding Our Students

Learn from SJSU faculty and students about inclusive teaching practices and their learning experiences.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

UDL is a framework that promotes flexibility in the way to present course content, engage students, and allow them to demonstrate what they have learned in the class.

Policies and Laws 

Documents pertaining to relevant policies and laws can be found here.

More Resources 

More accessibility tools, tutorials, and resources pertaining to course accessibility are available for your reference.