Tuesday, October 20th 1-3pm Presentation

Title: Building Inclusive Campus Practices Upon a Universal Design Framework


Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D., Director, UW Accessible Technology Services and Affiliate Professor, College of Education, at the University of Washington in Seattle

Sheryl Burgstahler is the director of Accessibility Services at the University of Washington. This group includes two units: the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT) Center and the IT Accessibility Team (ITAT). The ITAT works to ensure that technology procured, developed and used at the UW is accessible to students, faculty, and staff at the University. The DO-IT Center focuses its efforts nationwide and internationally through external funds from the US Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and other sources and has a broader mission to increase the success of students with disabilities in college and careers. Efforts in both units embrace the universal design framework for ensuring that learning, technology, services, and physical spaces are accessible to and inclusive of everyone.


Universal design (UD), along with proactive inclusive practices labeled otherwise, has emerged as a framework for addressing diversity and equity issues in the design of postsecondary offerings that include teaching and learning curriculum and pedagogy, student services, technology, and physical spaces. Sheryl will share historical highlights and aspects of a UD framework—including scope, definition, principles, guidelines, exemplary practices, process—that you can flesh out into a campus-wide plan that supports diversity and equity goals that fully include students with disabilities. In response to the pandemic, she will provide specific tips for the universal design of online courses that faculty can be encouraged to apply in order to better serve students with disabilities and reduce the need for accommodations.