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Accessibility Studies

Course Descriptions

 Undergraduate Accessibility Studies Courses

ASP 184 First Year Experience  

Portrayals of degrees of ability in media. Physical and social barriers to independent and meaningful life for people with disabilities. The role of accessibility competence in culture and careers. Library skills. *Satisfies General Education First Year Experience requirement. [4 cr]. Online. Fall, Spring. Prerequisites: None.

ASP 305 Accessibility and User Experience  

Quality of life issues of accessibility in everyday experiences and environments.  Changes in laws and attitudes about the need for proactive accessible design. Current careers requiring competence in troubleshooting accessibility. Theories and models of disability Required for Certificate/minor. *Satisfies General Education Knowledge Area 6 Individual & Society; Social Justice and Health & Wellness Pathways). [4 cr]. Online. Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer. Prerequisites: Academic Writing I.  

ASP 325 Universal Design

Apply universal design principles and ADA standards to analyze barriers to accessibility and propose practical design solutions for full participation of persons of all abilities in a variety of everyday environments.  Required for Certificate/minor. [4 cr].  Online. Fall, Winter, Summer Prerequisites: Academic writing I. (FAll 2023: Becomes ASP 435 [5 cr])

ASP 435 Accessible Information Design

Standards for public communication, such as advertising and agency information. Effective Job coaching. Issues of disclosure and advocacy.  Research and theories of accessible information. (Required for Certificate/Minor. ASP 435 and ASP 535 are layered courses: a student may not receive credit for both.). [5 cr]. Online. Winter, Spring, Summer. Prerequisites: Academic Writing II; ASP 305 or ENG 301.   

ASP 485 Accessibility Capstone

Culminating experience for Accessibility Studies. Includes exit exam; research project; scholarly presentation; public service announcement; exit interview. Enrollment permission contingent on demonstrated research methods proficiency. Variable credit.  (Required for Certificate/minor. Satisfies General Education Culminating Experience requirement. ASP 485 and ASP 585 are layered courses; students may not receive credit for both.) [3 cr] Online. Spring, Summer. Prerequisites: Permission contingent demonstrate of research proficiency plus enrollment in ASP 305, 325, and 435.

ASP 492 Accessibility Practicum

Investigate real-world settings to observe and analyze principles and issues of accessibility crucial to recognize barriers for all people, especially those with diverse ability or appearance. [1-15 cr]. Online supervision. Arranged individually. May be repeated. Prerequisites: Permission of the program director. Fingerprinting may be required.

ASP 496 Independent Study in Accessibility

Field experience in a real-world context for observing, analyzing and investigating issues crucial to minimize barriers to people living independently with dignity and well-being. [1-15 cr]. Online. Arranged individually. May be repeated. Prerequisites: Permission of the department.

ASP 498 Media Portrayals of Disability

Analyze the representation of personal ability and appearance in various media and its influence on identity, culture, and careers.  [4 cr]. Online. Fall, Spring, Summer. Prerequisites: Academic Writing 1. (Spring 2023: Becomes ASP 455 [5 cr])

 

Graduate Accessibility Studies Courses

All graduate level courses require admittance to the CWU School of Graduate Studies and Research. All courses are layered with 400-level undergraduate courses; students may not receive credit for both.

ASP 505 Accessibility and User Experience

Quality of life issues of accessibility in everyday experiences and environments.  Changes in laws and attitudes about the need for proactive accessible design. Current careers requiring competence in troubleshooting accessibility. Theories and models of disability.  [4 cr]  Online. Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.

ASP 525 Universal Design

Apply universal design principles and ADA standards to analyze barriers to accessibility and propose practical design solutions for full participation of persons of all abilities in a variety of everyday environments. [5 cr.] Online. Fall, Winter, Summer.

ASP 535 Accessible Information Design

Standards for public communication, such as advertising and agency information.   Issues of disclosure and advocacy.  Research and theories of accessible information. Troubleshoot websites for accessibility.  [5 cr.] Online. Winter, Spring, Summer.

ASP 575 Research Methods of Accessibility Studies

An opportunity to conduct an undergraduate research project in accessibility. The course includes an overview of research methods including Human Subjects Review Council protocols, library database searches, literature reviews, APA style, proposals, and critical thinking. Often used to work on extended Capstone projects for multiple quarters. Advised for students who have not taken a research methods course or who need more support for advanced academic writing. May be repeated. Required if capstone is incomplete.  Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. [1-10 cr.]   Online.  Spring, Summer.

ASP 585 Accessibility Capstone

Culminating experience for Accessibility Studies. Includes exit exam; research project; scholarly presentation; public service announcement; exit interview. Enrollment permission contingent on demonstrated research methods proficiency. Prerequisite: Permission contingent demonstrate of research proficiency plus enrollment in ASP 505, 525, and 535. [3 cr.]   Online.  Spring, Summer.

ASP 592 Accessibility Practicum

Investigate real-world settings to observe and analyze principles and issues of accessibility crucial  to recognize barriers for all people, especially those with diverse ability or appearance. . Fingerprinting may be required. [1-15 cr]  Online supervision.  Arranged Individually.

 

ASP 555 Media Portrayals of Disability [Beginning Spring 2023]

Analyze the representation of personal ability and appearance in various media and its influence on identity, culture, and careers.  ASP 498 and ASP 598 are layered courses: a student may not receive credit for both.  Prerequisites: Graduate status. [5 cr.] Online. Spring, Summer, Fall.

 

For more information, contact Dr. Naomi Jeffery Petersen  NJP@cwu.edu  

 

 

 

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