Stories of Inclusive Technology: Diversity, Accessibility and Universal Design — a video curriculum for faculty and staff

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Presented at 9:15am in Westminster I on Thursday, November 15, 2018.



  • Craig Spooner, UD Coordinator, Colorado State University
  • Marla Roll, Director, Assistive Technology Resource Center
  • Allison Kidd, AT-IT Coordinator, Assistive Technology Resource Center
  • Anna Walker, Campus Service Coordinator, Assistive Technology Resource Center

Session Details

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


Last year at AHG we showed a pilot video and gathered feedback. Now, the videos are complete. We will show samples of this new video curriculum, which uses storytelling to personalize the concepts of diversity and inclusion to help educate faculty and staff about the benefits of universally designed instructional materials.


Colorado State University's Assistive Technology Resource Center will showcase a new video series that employs first-person storytelling to personalize the concepts of disability and diversity, accessibility and inclusion, to help educators understand the benefits of universally designed learning materials. Faculty who watch these videos will, we believe, feel motivated to learn how to meet the needs of all types of learners in their classrooms, leading to increased participation in UD trainings, the creation of more universally designed course materials, and ultimately increases in retention and degree completion for students with disabilities. These videos are being offered to institutions of higher education for a nominal fee.


  1. A new and compelling set of videos to help promote universal design on your campus.
  2. This video curriculum describes accessibility and universal design in the context of diversity and inclusion.
  3. Videos take a first-person, storytelling approach to motivate viewers and inspire them to take action.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Administrative/Campus Policy, Assistive Technology, Legal, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized, Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Craig Spooner

Craig has worked in the field of instructional design and accessible technology for nearly two decades. As a member of the federally-funded ACCESS Project, he created UD training modules and a video for faculty. Craig is the lead author of a chapter in Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice, edited by Sheryl Burgstahler (Harvard Education Press, 2015), and has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles.

Marla Roll

Marla has been an Occupational Therapist for 30 years and has worked in the field of assistive technology for over two decades. She is Director of the Assistive Technology Resource Center, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, where she oversees campus AT supports and services and develops curricula related to assistive technology and universal design. She has served as Co-PI and Senior Personnel on federally funded grants related to universal design and BCI. Currently she is interested in research related to outcome measures of assistive technology interventions. Her passions include ensuring the usability and accessibility of mainstream and emerging technologies for equal access to electronic information.

Allison Kidd

Allison is the AT-IT Coordinator for the Assistive Technology Resource Center at Colorado State University. She provides IT support for AT, as well as training faculty and staff in electronic accessibility. She is working to enhance awareness of accessibility and to foster a proactive approach to the problems caused by inaccessible materials.

Anna Walker

Anna is the Campus Service Coordinator at the Assistive Technology Resource Center. She supports the assessment and implementation of assistive technology with employees and students on campus, allowing for successful participation in their work and educational roles. She also supports campus members in creating accessible electronic materials.