With a growing number of students registered with a disability on college campuses, there is a pressing need to better support educators on how to best teach students with disabilities. However, many instructors teaching at the college level have no formal training in educational theory, and colleges are limited in their ability to provide instructional support on how to best address various disabilities in the classroom. Although there are ample online resources for instructors who teach statistics in psychology, these materials do not address the growing pressures placed on faculty to ensure their statistics courses are accessible to students with disabilities. To address this limitation, we have created a peer-reviewed website that delivers a multitude of resources for instructors to better address the pedagogical needs of students with disabilities, including visual impairments, learning disabilities, math-related anxiety, and various other barriers to student success with statistics. These resources serve the higher education psychology community by reducing the burden placed on instructors to self-educate and prepare new content to address newly emerging accessibility needs.
The Accessible Toolbox was created with the help of a grant from the Association for Psychological Science, Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science. We would also like to thank Miel Marwah (Mount Holyoke College class of 2020) for creating the website and editing the labs and SPSS scripts, Emily Dean (Technology Access Coordinator, AccessAbility Services, Mount Holyoke College) for collaborating with us on serving students with disabilities, Jim Burke (Instructional Technology Consultant, Mount Holyoke College) for his invaluable technological support, and Kathy Binder (Chair, Psychology & Education Department, Mount Holyoke College) for encouraging us to apply for this grant and supporting our work.