Training: Faculty Support

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Universal Access to Education:Faculty Resources and Support for Alternative Media


Access to information and knowledge is emerging and changing around us. Institutions of higher learning have seen changes regarding delivery of information including online classes and email. Additionally printed textbooks and published material still have had a significant influence on how faculty conveys subject matter and how students interact with that matter. Within both the public and private arenas the world is seeing changes in the publishing industry. There is for the first time a move toward universal design - whether planned or based on technological evolution.

This presentation will explore the tools and changes within the laws that have for years influenced the disability community and now are playing a significant role in how students of all abilities will access information. Participants will learn about the informational supports and resources that will help them to produce, recommend and promote the most accessible material. By adopting some of these practices participants will create learning environments that are accessible so they can refocus their attention on the central task of educating students.

What you will Learn

  • Demonstration of Software / Features
    • Versatile; Access based practices and activities that promote learning;
    • Notes
    • Highlight
    • Text-To-Audio
    • Summary
    • Find
  • AMAC Overview: Point of Change
    • AccessText Network
    • STEPP
    • Examples of Alternative Material (electronic, alterna-sensory)
  • Standard e-Text (pdf, doc, txt,)
  • Specialized e-Text
    • Amazon
    • E-Pub
    • Daisy
  • Audio
    • CD
    • MP3
    • Wav
  • Tactile
    • Braille
  • Universal Design around us.
    • Convenient vs. Necessary
  • Print Related Disability
    • Accommodation: Alternative Media same information, same expectations different format

Faculty Resources

Slides (pdf)

Outline (docx)

AMAC Training; staff and students

The Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC) is committed to removing barriers for individuals with disabilities by improving the human condition through technology in academic and workplace environments.

CATEA; Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access

CATEA is a multidisciplinary engineering and design research center dedicated to enhancing the health, activity and participation of people with functional limitations through the application of assistive and universally designed technologies in real world environments, products and devices. Faculty Resources: Making standard faculty educational documents adhere to Universal Design.

University of Washington: Do-It Center

The international DO-IT Center promotes the success of individuals with disabilities and the use of computer and networking technologies to increase their independence, productivity, and participation in education and careers.


CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning.

Microsoft Enable Website (Case Studies)