Strategies and Resources for Teaching About Inclusive Design and Accessibility in Technology and Design Courses

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 11:15am in WB I on Wednesday November, 15.



  • Larry Goldberg, Senior Director of Accessible Media, Oath
  • Marc Thompson, , University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Sheryl Burgstahler, Director, Accessible Technology Services, University of Washington
  • Mark Lasser, Senior Director, Accessibility, Charter Communications
  • David Sloan, UX Research Lead, The Paciello Group

Session Details

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


With initiatives such as the Teach Access project and the greater inclusion of accessibility and Inclusive Design material in technology and design courses, it seems we may be seeing a shift in the teaching of accessibility in post-secondary curriculum. This panel presentation will talk about the resources available for faculty who wish to include Inclusive Design concepts and materials in their courses, hear from programs that are already providing certificates and courses in this area and also hear the perspective from an employer who has tried to hire individuals with accessibility skills.

The panel will be moderated by Howard Kramer, University of Colorado - Boulder.


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Disability Areas


Topic Areas

Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Larry Goldberg

Larry is Senior Director of Accessible Media at Oath (the company formed by Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo in June of 2017 and the subsequent merger of AOL and Yahoo brands). In this role, he is responsible for assuring that Oath's many media offerings are as accessible as possible to people with disabilities, starting with closed captioning of thousands of videos hosted on our mobile apps and web sites. Oath produces dozens of original programs - most of which are captioned - and provides captions for thousands of partner videos, including content from the New York Times, CNBC, AP, Reuters, MLB, NFL, movie trailers, the Condé Nast brands and more.

Larry joined Yahoo/Oath in June of 2014, having previously worked at WGBH Boston, where he founded and directed its National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM). NCAM focused on research and development, public policy initiatives and strategic partnerships for global impact on inclusive media and technology. Larry was directly involved in such ground-breaking legislation as the TV Decoder Circuitry Act, The Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. He led efforts to create standards adopted by media organizations and the FCC to implement legislated mandates for accessible technology.

Marc Thompson

Dr. Thompson is a Senior Instructional Designer and Team Lead at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He has taught at the university level for 30 years and has over 15 years of experience teaching online courses and providing online teaching instruction. In addition to his teaching experience, he has a background in web design, instructional media, and web-based learning platforms. He is the accessibility liaison for the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning at the University of Illinois and has presented at a number of workshops and conferences on topics related to the creation of accessible course content and the accessibility of web conferencing systems and learning management systems.

Sheryl Burgstahler

Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler founded and directs the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center and the ATC (Access Technology Center) as part of her role as Director of Accessible Technology Services at the University of Washington (UW). These centers promote (1) the support the success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers and (2) the development of facilities, IT, services, and learning activities that are welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities. The ATC focuses efforts at the UW; the DO-IT Center reaches national and international audiences with the support of federal, state, corporate, foundation, and private funds. Dr. Burgstahler is an affiliate professor in the UW College of Education. She currently teaches the Accessibility and Compliance in Online Education online course offered by Rutgers University.

Mark Lasser

David Sloan

David Sloan is User Experience Research Lead for The Paciello Group (TPG). He’s spent the last 16 years as an accessibility and inclusive design researcher, educator and consultant, helping people to create great digital products and services that can be used by as many people as possible, regardless of disability. He joined TPG in 2013, having previously worked at the University of Dundee’s School of Computing, one of the world’s largest academic research groups investigating disability, ageing, and inclusive technology design.