Universal Design in Higher Education
Interested in learning how to make education more accessible? Come join us for an hour-long event led by Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler, the director of DO-IT at UW, who will be providing a brief overview about Universal Design. Universal Design aims to create classroom environments that are accessible and inclusive for all students, without the need for disability-specific accommodations. Additionally two UW disability studies professors, Dr. Joanne Woiak and Dr. Heather Evans, will be joining this event to discuss the importance of ensuring accessibility in UW classrooms.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Toby Gallant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler
Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler founded and continues to direct the Accessible Technology Services at the University of Washington, Seattle. The Accessible Technology Services is composed of two centers: DO-IT Center (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) and the ATC (Access Technology Center). Both of these centers promote the success of students with disabilities in postsecondary programs and careers through the use of technology. Dr. Burgsthaler is an Affiliate Professor in the College of Education at UW. Her teaching and research focus on the successful transition of students with disabilities to college and careers and on the application of universal design to instruction, student services, technology, and physical spaces.
Dr. Heather Evans
Dr. Heather Evans is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Disability Studies Program, the Department of Sociology, and the Law, Societies, and Justice Department at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her current work examines “invisible disability”, focusing on disclosure and identity management among people with physical, mental, and sensory differences that are not readily apparent. She is committed to community based research and does consulting work for local organizations, primarily focusing on disparities within the criminal justice system. Broadly, she is interested in processes of social marginalization and identifying ways to expand access to opportunity structures through institutional change.
Dr. Joanne Woiak
Dr. Joanne Woiak is an Assistant Teaching Professor for the Disability Studies Program at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research encompasses the social justice implications of knowledge about genetics, reproduction, and health in the modern era. She focuses on disability in American and British history and culture, including the history of sterilization and constructions of mental disability in Washington, the rhetorical uses of “eugenics” in public discourses, reading science fiction through the lens of disability studies, and disability pedagogy. She is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Disability Studies, and a member of the Disability History Association.