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EDUREC: Low Incidence - Big Impact: Accessibility for Some, UDL for ALL


Though accommodations may be necessary for students with disabilities, many of the measures which provide accessibility can actually be embedded in classrooms as a component of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This presentation will review common barriers to learning, not only for students who are deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH), but for all students, as well as ways to overcome these obstacles. Some hot topics such as the myth of "teacher voice" and the use of captions will also be discussed. Accessibility for online learning environments will be addressed throughout the presentation.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Describe at least two common barriers to listening in a classroom or online environment.
Second Learning Objective: Identify at least two classroom interventions that could be accommodations, components of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), or both.
Third Learning Objective: Develop at least three justifications for the use of captions in classroom and/or online environments.

Primary Strand

Education and Learning

Secondary Strand

Mainstream & Web Accessible Technologies

Target Audience

  • Accessibility Professional
  • ADA Coordinator
  • Administrators
  • AT Specialists
  • Alternative Media Specialist
  • Communication Specialist
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Disability Services
  • Educators
  • Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education
  • Government/Non-Profit Agencies
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Educators
  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired
  • Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Experience Level


Primary Life Cycle Addressed

Birth - PreK; Elementary - Secondary (K-12); Higher Education

Content Area

Professional Area

Course Schedule

This course was included in the ATIA 2021: AT Connected virtual event education program.

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

This course is offered for the following CE Provider Credits:

For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.

Please refer to the CRC Assistive Technology in Education and Higher Education Series page for further information on how to submit your CRC CEUs for this course to CRCC.


Sherry Conrad

Resource Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Deaf Education and Training Specialist


Sherry Conrad is a Deaf Education and Training Specialist with the Resource Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (RMTC-D/HH) providing professional development and technical assistance to professionals working with students who deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) across the state of Florida. She has a background in the field of students who are D/HH with additional disabilities and/or receiving instruction via a modified curriculum, and itinerant teaching in Pre-kindergarten through transition-age environments as well as experience in IEP writing and compliance monitoring. She is also a certified Visual Phonics trainer.

Relevant Financial Relationships: Yes
Salary from employment.
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No