The stories behind universal design, accessibility and diversity: a video curriculum for faculty


Scheduled at 11:15am in Cotton Creek II on Wednesday, November 15 (2017).



  • Allison Kidd, Colorado State University
  • Marla Roll, , Colorado State University
  • Craig Spooner, , Colorado State University

Session Details

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


Introducing a video project that uses storytelling to personalize the concepts of diversity and inclusion to help educate faculty and staff about the benefits of universally designed instructional materials. The final videos will be made available to other educational institutions, so we are seeking feedback on the pilot video during this session.


The ATRC at Colorado State University is developing a series of videos that use first-person storytelling to personalize the concepts of diversity and inclusion to help educators understand the benefits of universally designed instructional materials. We anticipate that faculty who watch these videos will become motivated to learn how to meet the needs of all types of learners in their classrooms, leading to increased participation in trainings, more universally designed learning materials, and ultimately increased retention and degree completion of diverse students. With the support of ATHEN, we intend to make these videos commercially available to other institutions of higher education.

This session will outline the content of the videos that we are producing, and present a pilot video for feedback from others who are interested in using such videos in raising awareness and acceptance among faculty for an inclusive or universal design approach.


  1. Attendees will understand storytelling as a mechanism for motivating faculty.
  2. Attendees will serve as reviewers for a pilot version of video storytelling around accessibility.
  3. Attendees will consider an approach that folds accessibility into larger concepts of UD and inclusion.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

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.

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 curriculums 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. Current she is interested in research related to outcome measures of assistive technology interventions. Her passions include considering inclusion of people with disabilities in regard to usability/ accessibility of mainstream and emerging technologies and electronic information.

Craig Spooner

Craig Spooner 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.