Best Practices for Teaching

This section provides best teaching strategies, based on Universal Design, for instructors teaching in a mainstreamed classroom with a mix of hearing, deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The goal of these strategies is to improve teaching practice that will provide greater access to learning for deaf and hard-of-hearing students but will benefit all students in the classroom as well.

This material originates from the discontinued Class Act website ( and has been updated and expanded by DeafTEC. Class Act was a project of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID/RIT), Rochester, New York supported by major funding from the Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and Demonstration Projects to Ensure Students with Disabilities Receive a Quality Higher Education, US Department of Education.