How To Empower Professors To Support Students With Disabilities



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

Session Details

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


I have presented the past two years at my college to faculty about the importance of incorporating universal design, inclusivity & accessibility in the classroom. The goal of this presentation is to provide you with a guide you can use to inspire faculty to incorporate those principles into their 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 am the accessibility and assistive technology coordinator for Saint Mary's College of California. I was born with mild cerebral palsy, which made fine motor skill tasks like drawing and writing difficult. I was able to compensate by learning how to use the computer to type and edit films. I received my BA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount in 2012. I worked with an occupational therapist throughout my childhood to improve my coordination and strengthen my muscles. This inspired me to get my masters in occupational therapy from USC, which I received in 2017. I have used accommodations throughout my academic career and received funding from the Department of Rehabilitation. I am passionate about creating a higher education environment that everyone can access. I have recently started a YouTube Channel called Go Access dedicated to topics relating to accessibility, assistive technology, and disability rights. 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 on campus 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.