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Accessibility Studies

Presentations and Publications

Here are scholarly presentations and publications by our faculty and students on topics of accessibility since the Accessibility Studies Program at Central Washington University was first proposed in 2016.


Petersen, N. J. (due in 2018). Accessibilty and acceptance for students with diverse abilities. Chapter 1 in Volume 2 - International Perspectives in Higher Education: Perspectives on Diverse Student Identities. -in Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (IHETL) series. Emerald Group Publishing.

Hollingsworth, F., & Petersen, N. J. (Nov, 2017) Tactile teachables: Expanding accessibility with 3D printing. Educause (Editors’ Pick).


  • Petersen, N. J. (2019, April). The geographical perspective of accessibility issues: A new curriculum for well-being. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. April Washington, DC: Association of American Geographers.
  • Petersen, N. J. (2019, March). How to grow an advocate: Curriculum for teaching accessibility. Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity. March 5-6. Honolulu, Hawaii’i.
  • Petersen, N. J. (2019, January). S.P.E.C.I.A.L.: A Universal Design for Inclusive, Equitable and Effective Courses. 2019 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech.
  • Petersen, N. J. (2018, November). Accessibility Education: A New Certificate and Undergraduate Minor in Accessibility Studies. Accessing Higher Ground 2018. Westminster, Colorado: Association on Higher Education and Disability.
  • Kramer, H., & Petersen, N. J. (2018, November). Resources for Teaching Accessible IT. Teaching about Accessibility in Computing and IT Courses: A Capacity-building Institute. Westminster, CO: Association on Higher Education and Disability.
  • Petersen, N. J. (October, 2018). Accessibility Studies: A new curriculum promising greater well-being through universal design. American Association of Teaching & Curriculum. October 5-7, 2018. Denver, CO.
  • Petersen, N.J. (March, 2018). Disability: When every day is cosplay. Sakura-Con (Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association. Seattle, WA. March 31 – April 1, 2018.
  • Petersen, N. J. & Bloodworth, G. (April 2018). An atlas of accessibility: Everyday environments and their constraints. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. April, 2018.
  • Petersen, N. J., & Gruberg, S. (2017, November). From Apathy to Advocacy: How CWU’s Innovative “Accessibility Studies” Program Inspires Change. State of the Art conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Syracuse NY: George Mason University’s Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human Disabilities and the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University.
  • Petersen, N., & Amason, H. (September, 2017). Accessibility Studies and Museum Studies.  National Association of Interpretation. September 14-17, 2017. Spokane WA.
  • Petersen, N. (March, 2017). Common sense about usable, accessible, and inclusive seating. International Seating Symposium. March 2-4, 2017. Nashville, TN.
  • Petersen, N. J. (February 2017). Tactile teachables: Using 3-D printing to increase accessibility. Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. February 14-17, 2017. Blacksburg, VA.
  • Pearson, R. & Petersen, N.J. (February 2017). The PACE of wellness at work: A collaborative undergraduate project for creating and understanding local change. Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. February 14-17, 2017. Blacksburg, VA.
  • Petersen, N. J. & Holden, W. (January, 2017). Tactile Teachables: New Guidelines and Technology for Translating Visual Information. Assistive Technology Industry Association. January 20, 2017. Orlando FL
  • Petersen, N.J. (November, 2016).  The blinding flash of the obvious: Developing and disseminating guidelines for truly accessible educational support materials.  9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. November 14-16, 2016. Seville, Spain.
  • Petersen, N. J. (October, 2016). 3-D Printing: Helping the visually challenged to visualize theoretical frameworks. International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA) Convention, October 5-8, 2016. Montreal, Canada.
  • Petersen, N. J. (October, 2016) Catastrophic Thinking Barbie or Resilient Adventurer Tigger: Perfection and Its Alternatives.  Critical Questions in Education Symposium. October 2-4, 2016. Salt Lake City.

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