How Teachers Can Make Their Classrooms More Accessible for Students with Disabilities

Recent years have seen a push toward “mainstreaming” students with cognitive and physical differences, which means including them in general classrooms rather than separating them into full-time “special education” classrooms. This significant change means more and more classrooms include a diverse array of students with various neurological and physical strengths and challenges, which has forced general education teachers to adjust their classrooms. That being said, building a high-quality classroom that includes students of all abilities is well worth the effort, according to the experience and research that back this claim. In this guide, American University offers practical, specific tips for educators working to build such a learning environment, with links to other resources that are available.