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Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Intro to Accessibility


[Title: UDL On Campus: At the Margins. Sam Johnston, Research Scientist at CAST, appears on the screen.]

SAM JOHNSTON: So some of the most innovative users of UDL are really the institutions or the professors who are serving students that are the ones at the margins. They're serving students that are first generation college students. They're serving students that are low income. They're serving students that are English language learners and students with disabilities.

[Students are seated in a circle around classroom. An instructor holds a book at the front of the class. The next scene shows a close up shot of a poster with the words “Patience, Accessibility, and Diverse Thinking, Empathy, Respect” with students standing in the background. Sam Johnston returns to the screen.]

SAM JOHNSTON: For those institutions and those faculty members, UDL isn't a set of strategies or techniques, it's a value system. It's how you teach and learn. It's foundational.

[Students present projected images to peers in the classroom. The next scene shows an instructor lecturing to a large classroom with students on laptops. Sam Johnston returns to the screen.]

SAM JOHNSTON: And those are the people who are really going to bring this innovation from the margins to the middle because they're going to show that by serving students that are the least well suited to one-size-fits-all everybody benefits, everybody gets something out of it including faculty members, including the institutions themselves.

[End credits: UDL On Campus, CAST: Until learning has no limits.]

Illustration of different kinds of accessibility symbolsOlympic College's Accessible Technology Policy outlines our commitment to provide information technology resources and services that are accessible to all OC students, faculty, staff and the public regardless of disability. This policy encompasses all information and communication technology (ICT) used to deliver programs and services throughout the institution.


Source: Pixabay

SBCTC's Accessibility Micro-Courses

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) offers a variety of accessibility-related micro-courses for faculty and staff. Each course is approximately 3 hours in length and focuses on particular skills and/or content creation programs.  Enrollment is OPEN – there are no fixed dates. For more information, contact: SBCTC eLearning Staff 360-704-3942.