Access

 

Universal Design

One of the best ways to promote success for all students is to embrace Universal Design for Learning practices. When used effectively, they may often mitigate the need for accommodations in class. Here is an in-depth Universal Design Toolkit for your use.

Access requirements can be helpful for everyone, not just people with disabilities. All users benefit when there are a variety of ways to access the material. Planning for access as the course is being developed is much easier than creating accommodation strategies after a person with a disability enrolls in the course or applies to teach it and is required for any online materials.

Universal design is defined by Ron Mace of the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University as: “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design." The concept stresses design that is marketable to people with diverse abilities, preferences, native languages, age, and other diverse characteristics.

For more information on the principles of universal design in general, and for instruction, visit the Curriculum Committee website.

 
Paratransit

Many people with disabilities can ride either fixed rides provided by Paratransit or they can provide door-to-door service to people whose disabilities prevent them from using the fixed route of public transit. Their vehicles vary their routes based on riders’ destinations but must be scheduled in advance.

Though the Americans with Disabilities Act does not require a transit agency “to meet all the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities,” it does ensure that people with disabilities receive the same mass transportation opportunities everyone else receives. Most Paratransit rides cost $3.00 and should be scheduled in advance. Please follow the links below for more information regarding local Paratransit service providers.

SCT Paratransit

City of Santa Rosa Paratransit 

Petaluma Paratransit

 
Disability Resource Department

For more information, please visit the DRD website by clicking here.