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Children and adults with autism find it difficult to understand the world around them and sometimes get very upset, anxious or angry. They find it difficult to communicate with others in a meaningful way. Some people with autism, but by no means all, never learn to talk - they are non-verbal.

People with autism find it hard to make friends and have difficulty understanding how someone else feels. Whilst some people with autism have accompanying learning disabilities, others are of normal, or above normal, intelligence. Sometimes people with autism have normal or high intelligence (also known as high functioning autism) are said to have Asperger syndrome (which is named after the doctor who first described it).

The National Autistic Society,

Aspergers  Syndrome by definition is a mild form of autism, which is a simple definition but can also be misleading. Whilst it does fall under the autism umbrella, the learning difficulties associated with autism are not usually present with Aspergers Syndrome (AS).

Written Expression

Disorder of written expression is a childhood condition characterized by poor writing skills.  Although no systematic studies of the prevalence of this disorder have been conducted, it is believed to be about 6%, or as common as learning and reading disorders. Children with disorder of written expression have trouble with spelling, make frequent errors in punctuation and grammar, and have poor handwriting. 

Universal Design faculty resources. The online resources are most current.

Also use for sample Universal Design Syllabus: view in electronic and text version both. Blind and/or visually impaired students would likely prefer the text only version of the syllabus for their screen readers to work properly. Check out the Course Description link using Inspiration software.


Faculty resources for online handbook

  1. University of Washington DO-IT (Disabilities Opportunities Internetworking and Technology) resource: streaming videos and supporting documents for faculty working with students with disabilities:
    Working Together: Faculty and Students with Disabilities
  2. CAST   (Center for Applied Special Technology) This organization supports Universal Design in Learning (UDL) including the online UDL textbook below:
    The Teaching Every Student (TES) website (Note: site will open in a new window) provides an interactive learning environment that both explains and exemplifies "UDL in action." Model lessons, curriculum resources, activities, tutorials, UDL toolkits, and a digital version of the book, Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning supply teachers with a trove of effective resources.
  3. Universal Design Education Online  This website supports teaching Universal Design with an abundance of resources. 

  4. Course Syllabus in digital Universal Design format.  (Note: this can easily be transposed into a text-only document for screen reader use by blind, visually impaired or learning disabled students.)

  5. University of Connecticut FacultyWare resource includes principles and examples of Universal Design in Instruction:  

  6. Disability as Diversity: A Guide for Class Discussion. Developed by the American Psychological Association (APA) Monitor.

    7.  PEPNet offers consultation, training, professional development,
         technical assistance and recourses to educational institutions working
         with students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.   

     8.  AHEAD


Office of Disability Support Services at Lansing Community College

Disability Support Services
Gannon Building - StarZone
Phone: (517) 483-1924
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