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October, 2022

13Oct3:00 PM3:50 PMMaking Your Program Accessible to and Inclusive of Instructors with DisabilitiesDr. Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington3:00 PM – 3:50 PM


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October 13, 2022


Thursday 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM Pacific Time


Online via Zoom


Part of 2022 Conference

Session Description

Although some programs consider the accessibility of their offerings for students with disabilities, few focus on the program’s accessibility and inclusivity for those who teach courses, including those in K-12, postsecondary, and informal learning domains.

Considerations should include recruitment and hiring processes, access to technology tools and electronic documents, and the accessible design of online meetings. This presentation will share lessons learned through the AccessADVANCE project, funded by the National Science Foundation to make academic positions more welcoming and inclusive of individuals with disabilities. A useful checklist for designing inclusive programs and institutions will be shared along with other useful resources.


Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler

Director, Accessible Technology Services and Associate Professor, University of Washington

Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler founded and directs Accessible Technology Services – which includes the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center and the IT Accessibility Team (ITAT) – at the University of Washington. These dynamic groups promote (1) the development of self determination skills, use of mainstream and assistive technology, and other interventions to support the success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers and (2) the universal design (UD) of learning opportunities; facilities; websites, media, documents and other IT; and services to ensure that they are accessible to, usable by, and inclusive of individuals with disabilities. Dr. Burgstahler has delivered hundreds of presentations and has more than 100 publications that include the books Creating Inclusive Learning Opportunities in Higher Education: A Universal Design Toolkit (2020) and Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice (2015), both published by Harvard Education Press.