Join us as we hear from professionals who work in Accessibility and Inclusion from institutions across the country!
This five-webinar series will explore topics including Universal Design for Learning, designing accessible events and resources, supporting students with disabilities, and designing learning experiences to remove barriers.
This series is open to everyone who wants to learn more about supporting students with disabilities, working with Accessibility Services on your campus, and bringing more accessibility into the work you do with students.
You may register for individual webinars, or for the entire series. When you register for the entire series, you get five webinars for the price of four! Following the webinar, those registered will receive a recording.
CACUSS Member: $149
Individual Registration (per webinar)
CACUSS Member: $39
Meeting the Needs of All Learners: One Size Does NOT Fit All!
October 17, 1:00pm (eastern)
The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach has been proven to help students achieve success without the need of special accommodations. It is a method based on multiple means of representation, expression and engagement. The goal of this presentation is to give you an overview of the UDL approach along with some concrete examples and reasons why it may be a very effective method to help all students achieve success in the classroom, regardless of their challenges.
Facilitator: Ioana Constantinescu
Ioana Constantinescu earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) in Psychology. She started working with special needs students 18 years ago, in various capacities. In the last 13 years, she worked as Director of Student Services in two private high schools in Montreal area and as Adapted Services Counselor at Marianopolis College (Montreal, Quebec). Starting in December 2013, she started working on a joint project with McGill University and three other colleges in the Montreal area on a UDL toolkit for faculty. Over the years, she has given several workshops on UDL and has worked with several faculty members from Marianopolis College on the implementation of UDL principles in the classroom.
Planning Accessible Events
November 6, 1:00pm (eastern)
The university experience is full of events! Whether you are planning for a guest lecturer, or a workshop, a networking event or social gathering, you can plan them with accessibility in mind. In this webinar, discover the basic principles of how to proactively plan to be accessible and inclusive when designing your events. By attending this webinar, you will be able to: proactively recognize barriers to participation for a range of accessibility concerns, locate resources, and apply principles of inclusive event planning.
Facilitator: Rachel Desjourdy
Rachel is a McGill alumna with a Bachelor of Science, who did her MA in Critical Disability Studies at York University. Rachel enjoys reading (always has 3 books on the go!), her hammock, and funky eyeglasses.
Accommodate or Redesign
November 21, 1:00pm (eastern)
Fundamentally, UDL is good pedagogical practice. Inclusive design evokes empathy for every learner and demands responsiveness. If you identify or learn about a barrier, you can explore options to reduce or even remove that barrier to make your learning experience more inclusive. This workshop will guide participants in the use of student personas to adopt a student’s frame of reference, identify potential accessibility barriers, and discuss ways to address these barriers through the fundamentals of UDL. This facilitated activity is designed around realistic scenarios and student personas. These student personas encourage empathy for student experiences and emphasize the barriers experienced by students with a variety of needs. This session will contrast when barriers may be approached through accommodations or redesigns. With each scenario, the questions for participants are asked: “Could the required materials present barriers to your Persona? Could those barriers be addressed through a “redesign”? What barriers remain and could they be addressed through accommodations?”
Facilitated by Nicole Wadden Garland and Jason Hogan
By day she is helping students with disabilities at the University of Prince Edward Island, by night she is a busy mom of two two and a half-year-olds. Nicole Wadden Garland is the Coordinator of Accessibility Services at UPEI. She has a background in education, working in the K-12 system and post-secondary education for 10 years. Most recently, Nicole completed her MPEd in Teaching Students with Exceptionalities from the University of Western Ontario. She is passionate about students; their well-being, their success, and helping them reach their full potential through a “barrier-free” education.
By day he is an E-Learning Instructional Designer at the University of Prince Edward Island, by night he is also an E-Learning Instructional Designer, just at his apartment this time. Jason Hogan has worked for the E-Learning Office for 3 years providing support for faculty and staff of the university as well as coordinating UPEI's first Teaching Community Conference. Jason works to help faculty provide excellent courses for the UPEI students, including opening courses for more accessible experiences.
Supporting Students with Disabilities
November 30, 1:00pm (eastern)
This webinar will discuss how Student Affairs professionals can support students with disabilities, how to provide an inclusive and accessible environment for students, and how to strengthen your relationship and communication with the campus accessibility services office.
Facilitators: Carolyn Christie & Michelle Magnusson
Carolyn Christie is the Director of Student Accessibility Services at the University of Manitoba and has worked in this area since 2001. Carolyn holds a B.A., P.B.D.E. and a Master’s in Adult Education. Carolyn is fluent in American Sign Language and is the Manitoba representative to the leadership group for the Accessibility and Inclusion Community of Practice.
Michelle Magnusson is the Student Accessibility Coordinator at Brandon University where she has been involved in initiatives for students and faculty including teaching and research in accessibility and accommodation since 2007. Michelle holds a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders and is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist in Manitoba. Michelle is the co-chair of the Accessibility and Inclusion Community of Practice.
Creating Accessible Documents
December 12, 1:00pm (eastern)
Ever wonder what makes a document accessible? We often use Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF in our daily work to communicate, educate and collaborate. Are we creating documents that are not easily read or usable by everyone? Chances are, yes.
Accessibility benefits everyone but how do you do it? Accessibility is not just for web designers and programmers. Each and every day, every document, every way you can easily create accessible documents. Every day techniques will help improve accessibility of documents and course content. Of course we will briefly touch on rules and trends. You'll be equipped with resources to take back to your institution leaders and IT departments. This workshop is meant for everyone.
Facilitator: Carrie Anton
Carrie Anton is a gold medalist from the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Summer Games in the sport of Goalball and an Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame inductee for accomplishment in sport. She continually promotes equity as a coach, a volunteer, and an athlete in a variety of sports. Recreationally, she is involved in goalball, blind ice hockey, tennis, soccer, tandem cycling, Dragon boating, skiing and more. She enjoys her role in the community on various boards such as the Edmonton Sport Council and the Alberta Sports & Recreation Association for the Blind. Professionally, Carrie has over 25 years experience as an assistive technology and accessibility specialist. She has been with Athabasca University since December 2007. Her passion lies in ensuring accessibility and she works on projects that advance and enhance quality experiences for people with disabilities in employment, education, sport and life. As An internationally published co-researcher she has contributed to the assistive technology industry around the iPad as a mobile learning tool for post-secondary students with disabilities (study is published in the CSUN Journal of Technology). As well her research has created a distance delivery method to borrow apps for learning, to students and devices anywhere. Affiliations: ATHEN (Assistive Technology in Higher Education Network) CACUSS Accessibility Community of Practice AB Representative Edmonton Sport Council Secretary 2010-2016 ASRAB Competitive Sport Director