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PRE-ORDER: Stories of Inclusive Technology: Diversity, Accessibility & Universal Design

PRE-ORDER: Stories of Inclusive Technology: Diversity, Accessibility & Universal Design

PRE-ORDER: Stories of Inclusive Technology: Diversity, Accessibility & Universal Design


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This video curriculum for faculty addresses the growing need on college campuses to make electronic content accessible to all users, including students who use assistive technology, students without disabilities who prefer to access content in alternative ways (like text-to-speech or an audio recording), and instructors who discover that inclusively designed documents are more useful, and easier to build and update. The series consists of the following eight videos:    

  1. Inclusion, Diversity & Disability
  2. Legislation & Disability Rights
  3. Tech for Reading 
  4. Tech for Writing 
  5. Tech in the Classroom 
  6. Inclusive Web 
  7. Inclusive Video 

In each video, speakers tell their stories of inclusion and exclusion, helping viewers understand their specific challenges. Students and faculty recount their experiences living with disabilities, using assistive technology, and building inclusive design solutions.

Stories of Inclusive Technology has been designed for faculty, web developers, IT professionals, librarians and others who create electronic content, along with disability services and diversity professionals who strive to change the culture of higher education regarding electronic accessibility. Viewers will:

  • Understand the need for accessible digital content
  • Understand a range of experiences accessing electronic content (including students with and without disabilities, and students whose learning challenges are apparent and non-apparent)
  • Identify the many benefits of inclusive instructional materials, both for diverse learners and the instructors themselves
  • Realize that disability is an important facet of diversity, and accessibility an essential component of inclusion
  • Understand that electronic accessibility is a path to inclusion for students with disabilities
  • Feel motivated to create a more inclusive learning environment

More about the authors:

Marla Roll: Marla has been an Occupational Therapist for 30 years and has worked in the field of assistive technology for over two decades. She is Director of the Assistive Technology Resource Center, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, where she oversees campus AT supports and services and develops curricula related to assistive technology and universal design. She has served as Co-PI and Senior Personnel on federally funded grants related to universal design and BCI. Currently she is interested in research related to outcome measures of assistive technology interventions. Her passions include ensuring the usability and accessibility of mainstream and emerging technologies for equal access to electronic information.

Allison Kidd: Allison is the AT-IT Coordinator for the Assistive Technology Resource Center at Colorado State University. She provides IT support for AT, as well as training faculty and staff in electronic accessibility. She is working to enhance awareness of accessibility and to foster a proactive approach to the problems caused by inaccessible materials.

Anna Walker: Anna is the Campus Service Coordinator at the Assistive Technology Resource Center. She supports the assessment and implementation of assistive technology with employees and students on campus, allowing for successful participation in their work and educational roles. She also supports campus members in creating accessible electronic materials.

Craig Spooner: Craig has worked in the field of instructional design and accessible technology for nearly two decades. As a member of the federally funded ACCESS Project, he created UD training modules and a video for faculty. Craig is the lead author of a chapter in Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice, edited by Sheryl Burgstahler (Harvard Education Press, 2015), and has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles.

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