How To Empower Professors To Support Students With Disabilities

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Presented at 12:45pm in Meadowbrook I on Friday, November 22, 2019.



  • Auston Stamm, Accessibility & Assistive Technology Coordinator, Saint Mary's College

Session Details

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


I have presented the past two years at my college to faculty about the importance of incorporating unviersal design, inclusivity & accessiblity in the classroom. The goal of this presention is to provide you with a guide you can use to inspirate faculty to incorporate those principles into thier courses and campus policy.


This presentation will provide an overview of accessible tips that professors can use to increase the accessibility and inclusivity of their course content. I will provide a template that can be used to help faculty and students talk about accommodations productively. I will define universal design and explain the importance of captioning classroom materials. I will provide strategies professors can use to check the accessibility of websites and their slideshow presentations. I will provide suggestions for incorporating assistive technology in the classroom and creating alternative means for students to engage with course content.


  1. Strategies will be provided for helping students and faculty discuss accommodations.
  2. An understanding of the differences between universal design and accommodation will be highlighted.
  3. I will provide an overview of accessible tips and technology that faculty can use for their course content.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Administrative/Campus Policy, Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Auston Stamm

My name is Auston Stamm and I was born with mild cerebral palsy, which made fine motor skill tasks like writing and drawing difficult. I was bullied and struggled academically in public school. I was fortunate to have supportive parents who believed in my capabilities and advocated for me. I was able to go to Westmark School, which is a school designed to help children with learning disabilities. I was provided a computer and taught to type, which made writing enjoyable. I took film classes at Westmark and learned how to edit using Final Cut Pro. My teachers encouraged me to make videos for my classes instead of the standard poster board drawings. After high school, I attended Loyola Marymount where I earned my BA in Film Production. I worked at a post-production company where helped edit movie trailers and commercials. However, I didn’t feel like I was helping people, which led me to reevaluate my career. I had worked with an occupational therapist throughout my childhood to improve my coordination and strength. This experience inspired me to get my master’s degree in occupational therapy from USC, which I received in 2017. I have always had a special connection to technology and used accommodations from the disability office at each college I attended. I completed a fieldwork placement at Santa Monica College where I learned about the role of an assistive technology coordinator. I found that working with assistive technology and students was my dream job. I felt very fortunate to be hired by Saint Mary’s College of CA as their Accessibility and Assistive Technology Coordinator. During my time at Saint Mary's College, I have created a database of Kurzweil produced MP3s, which we can deliver to qualifying students. I have made tutorial videos on how to use our online database to sign up for tests and request accommodations. I created additional videos focused on teaching students how to use Kurzweil and SmartPens. I serve as the faculty advisor for DiverseAbilties our student-led club that provides a safe space for students with disabilities to socialize. I have organized several events to raise awareness about important issues related to disability. I have recently started a YouTube Channel called AccessAuston, which is dedicated to topics relating to accessibility, assistive technology, and disability rights.


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