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, Stanford University

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

I am the Digital Accessibility Instructional Specialist for Stanford University. I provide guidance on how to create accessible course materials. I have developed training modules on how to design accessible materials in Canvas, Microsoft Office, and Google Docs for the Stanford community. I have also worked to develop accessibility guides and modules for how to create accessible courses using Articulate Storyline and Articulate Rise.

I am currently working toward a doctorate degree in Educational Technology from Boise State University. I have published an article in TechTrends with Dr. Hsu in 2021 entitled, “The Marrakesh Treaty’s Impact on the Accessibility and Reproduction of Published Works.” I am one of 28 authors featured in a book published by AHEAD entitled, “Disabled Faculty & Staff: Intersecting Identities in Higher Education (Volume 2).”


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