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

Scheduled at 11:15am in WB I on Wednesday, November 15 (2017).



  • Larry Goldberg, PI, University of Colorado Boulder
  • 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

Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Larry Goldberg

Mr. Kramer has worked in assistive technology, disability, information systems and accessible media for more than 25 years. From 1997-2012 he worked with Disability Services at CU-Boulder, establishing the Assistive Technology Lab, which serves students with disabilities needing specialized access. He is founder and coordinator for the Accessing Higher Ground Conference: Accessible Media, Web & Technology, and teaches courses on Universal Design at CU-Boulder.

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.