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Accessibility Studies

FAQs

The Accessibility Studies Program (ASP) provide opportunities to learn about challenges facing people with disabilities and other constraints--nearly a fifth of the population. 

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

What does it mean on the job? 

A certificate or minor in Accessibility Studies demonstrates competence in recognizing where, when, and how to include people with varying degrees of ability. 

Why do you need it?

Laws, such as ADA (the Americans with Disabilities Act), Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Chapter 51 of the Washington Administrative Code, guarantee access to activities of independent living in all environments - work, home, school, shopping, medical, leisure, and virtual.

How do you earn the certificate or minor?

The four core courses constitute the 15-credit certificate.  An undergraduate minor is available by adding five (5) more credits which can usually be arranged as dual credit with a class in the major.

How are the courses delivered?

The core courses will be offered online for the convenience of working professionals and those living far from the main campus.

  • You can complete the certificate in one school year.
  • Also, the summer session will make it possible to complete the entire certificate as an integrated program in 10 weeks. 

 

Who do we contact?

Naomi Jeffery Petersen, Professor, Accessibility Studies
Dept. of Curriculum, Supervision, & Educational Leadership
Naomi.Petersen@cwu.edu        

 

What are the courses?

 

I. Required Courses:  
ASP 305 Accessibility & User Experience ………… 3 cr (offered every quarter)
ASP 325 Universal Design …………………………………… 4 cr (offered Fall and Summer)
ASP 435 Accessible Information Design ……………  5 cr (offered Winter and Summer)
ASP 485 Accessibility Capstone …………………………  3 cr (arranged individually)

These are the core courses that complete the certificate.

II. Elective Courses: In addition to the certificate core, a minor requires 5 elective credits. 
The Practicum and Internship experiences are arranged individually.

ASP 490 Accessibility Practicum …………………………………………………… 1-12
ASP 492 Accessibility internship …………………………………………………… 1-12

Other elective courses may be offered:
ASP 365 Assistive Technology: Tactile Graphics ……………………………. 3

ASP 498 Special Topics in Accessibility ………………………………………….. 3-5  (Spring 2018)

Courses in the major may be proposed for dual credit consideration.

 

 

 

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