Bridging the Accessibility Gap: Improving Communication and Collaboration with Faculty

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 2:15pm in Cotton Creek II on Thursday November, 17.

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Speaker(s)

  • Laura Loree, Accessibility Services Counselor, Utah Valley University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Not provided
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

This presentation will center on a survey of faculty at Utah Valley University (UVU) regarding accommodations and UDL. The presenter will review the survey data and how it is being used to guide cross-campus conversations regarding accessible curriculum/media, inclusion, and academic engagement for students with disabilities.

Abstract

This interactive discussion will center on faculty feelings and concerns regarding accessibility and UDL. Strategies for overcoming fear and miscommunication in order to move toward a more collaborative approach to accessible education will be discussed. We will demonstrate low-cost/no-cost vehicles for delivering short, targeted training/workshops to faculty and affordable tools you can provide them. Utah Valley University's Accessibility Services Department is working to tie accessibility for students with disabilities to the university's Inclusion Initiative action plan in order to promote universal access for all students. We will strategize ways to get buy-in from the top down by familiarizing yourself with institutional and departmental goals, clearly demonstrating the close connection between accessibility and fulfillment of those goals, and understanding it’s not always what we say but how we say it that matters most. Ample time for discussion and questions will be provided.

Keypoints

  1. How to alleviate faculty concerns regarding accessible curriculum
  2. How to tie accessibility to institutional and departmental goals
  3. What to say and how to say it to get buy-in from the top down

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design

Speaker Bio(s)

Laura Loree

Laura Loree is an Accessibility Services Counselor at Utah Valley University. She has been actively involved in the effective delivery of assistive technology services as well as electronic instructional material and web compliance discussions at UVU. She has a passion for technology in education and 25 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She holds a Master of Arts in Education: Counseling from Redlands University and a certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from California State University, Northridge.

Handout(s)

  • bridgingtheaccessibilitygap

    Faculty Collaboration

    This presentation will center on a survey of faculty at Utah Valley University (UVU) regarding accommodations and UDL. The presenter will review the survey data and how it is being used to guide cross-campus conversations regarding accessible curriculum/media, inclusion, and academic engagement for students with disabilities.

  • facult-survey-questions-v2

    Utah Valley University Faculty Survey Questions