Navigating Resistance: Discussing Accessibility with Faculty

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 8:00am in Westminster II on Thursday, November 15.



  • Michael Cole, Educational Accessibility Technologist, Wichita State University
  • Victoria Wynn, Instructional Designer, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


This presentation will look at tried and tested methods for discussing accessibility with faculty and other university leaders that may be hesitant, or have concerns, about changing campus trends.


One of the more difficult aspects about making a culture change toward accessibility on the campus level is discussing access in a way that doesn't intimidate faculty. This talk will look at methods that staff and faculty can utilize when talking with their peers that may be the most efficient in introducing matters of accessibility. This presentation will be a mixture of traditional lecture, as well as some interactive discussion about how to be mitigate questions and concerns about accessibility that may be reactive or defensive.


  1. Introducing some common comments and arguments heard against accessibility.
  2. Discussing how to anticipate and be prepared for speaking out for accessibility.
  3. Running scenarios that give participants tools to discuss accessibility.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Information Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Michael Cole

Michael joined the WSU Instructional Design and Technology team as a part-time contractor Instructional Designer in January 2016 and became a full-time staff member in June. He transitioned to the Educational Accessibility Tech in February 2017. Michael obtained his BA and MA in English Language and Literature at Wichita State University and is currently working on an MFA in Creative Writing.

Victoria Wynn

Torie Wynn has worked as an instructional designer since 2015. Before coming to UMKC as an Instructional Designer III, she served as Senior Instructional Designer at Wichita State University where she transformed the instructional design training model used at WSU while supporting faculty, staff, and students with online programs, Blackboard assistance, and accessibility. Torie has also worked as an Instructional Design and Video Consultant for various institutions including St. Mary’s College of California, Ft. Scott Community College, and KU Med. Torie has taught online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses in Social Media, Business Writing, Composition, and American Literature. Torie is a Quality Matters Master Reviewer and holds both BA and MA in English Language and Literature from WSU. She is passionate about creativity in course design and training resources. She has an Online Teaching Certificate from the OLC Institute for Professional Development.