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Teaching about Accessibility in Computing and IT Courses: A Capacity-building Institute

Learn how accessibility topics can be integrated into computing/IT courses

AccessComputing, in collaboration with Accessing Higher Ground and Promoting the Integration of Universal Design into University Curricula (UDUC), will host Teaching about Accessibility in Computing and IT Courses: A Capacity-building Institute to provide techniques and strategies for teaching about accessibility in Computer Science and IT curriculum. The Institute can be attended in person or virtually.

Presenters and panelists will share how accessibility/inclusive/universal design topics can be integrated into your computing/IT course or how you can encourage faculty in these fields to include these topics in their courses. Speakers will bring in perspectives and promising practices from the field. Discussions will be facilitated to explore key issues related to promoting the teaching of inclusive design strategies in computing and IT courses at all levels, but particularly in postsecondary environments. Resources will also be shared.

Agenda & Logistics

Tuesday, November 13, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm MST

Institute Agenda
Time Speaker Topic
9:00–10:30 am Sheryl Burgstahler
  • Welcome and event logistics, objectives, agenda, and outcomes
  • AccessComputing project information
  • Introductions
  • Presentation on disability, IT access issues/approaches, proactive design process, and accessibility topics that can be integrated into courses
  • Video: Teaching Accessibility: Including Accessibility in Your Courses
10:30–10:45 am  


10:45-11:15 am Larry Goldberg, Laura (Palmaro) Allen
11:15-12:00 am Richard Ladner
  • Presentation and Discussion: Examples of the incorporation of accessibility content in postsecondary computing/IT courses
12:00–1:30 pm           Lunch (on your own)
1:30–2:30 pm Naomi Petersen, Howard Kramer
  • Specific examples of accessible IT content that can be easily integrated into postsecondary computing and IT courses
2:30–3:00 pm Terrill Thompson
  • Two promising practices for incorporating accessibility content into a web design course curriculum
3:00–3:15 pm   Break
3:15 – 4:00 pm  

Panel: CBI participants share promising practices for integrating accessibility topics in their courses and engage in discussion with all participants

Korey Singleton, George Mason University
Ahmed Kamal, Tennessee Tech University
et al

4:00–4:30 pm Sheryl Burgstahler Resources, further engagement, and evaluation


Sheryl Burgstahler
Director, Accessible Technology Services, University of Washington

Richard Ladner
Professor Emeritus, University of Washington

Howard Kramer
PI, Promoting the Integration of Universal Design into University Curricula (UDUC), University of Colorado Boulder

Naomi Petersen
Professor, Central Washington University

Larry Goldberg (via teleconference)
Senior Director, Accessible Media, Oath

Laura (Palmaro) Allen (via teleconference)
Chrome & Chrome OS Accessibility Program Manager, Google


Westin Westminster, Colorado, 10600 Westminster Boulevard


No charge for faculty or for others involved with the teaching of accessibility in curriculum.


Register here for the Teaching About Accessibility Institute off-site link.


Seating is limited to 30 onsite and 100 for virtual participation

More Information

Question about the program or registration? Contact Howard Kramer via email or at 303-492-8672.