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Accessibility Studies

SOURCE 2021 Participants

We are delighted to announce a full and interesting slate of posters, oral presentations, and panels by Accessibilty Studies Program studentsPoster promoting 2021 SOURCE event May 16-22, 2021. A virtual event! Scholarship for learning. Scholarship for life. Cartoon in steampunk fantasy style. completing their capstone projects. Each project applies the knowledge base from the core courses (ASP 305 Accessibility & User Experience, ASP 325 Universal Design, and ASP 435 Accessible Information Design) to a real world setting that is personally and professionally meaningful. 

For more information about the  Accessibilty Studies Program , contact Dr. Naomi Jeffery Petersen at 

These projects are part of the culminating evaluation leading to a professional certificate or undergraduate minor in Accessibility Studies, an interdisciplinary opporutnity to learn about challenges facing people with disabilities, their rights, and competence to recognize opportunities to remove barriers.  The presentations demonstrate the candidates' capacity to be advocates. 

All presentations will be pre-recorded and accessible online May 16-22 through the SOURCE site

Poster Presentations

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking: Using Universal Design to Teach Inclusively - Rachel Bailey-Penz, ITAM.
  • The Inaccessibility of mental health support in Higher Education - Haleena Necessary, Psychology.

Oral Presentations

  • Employer Support for Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life - Sarah Bluher, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.
  • Transitioning to College with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - Robert Bolger, Special Education.
  • Do Medicare and Medicaid issue wheelchairs that contribute to keeping people homebound? - Angela Congdon, Professional & Creative Writing.
  • Recursos y Entendimiento a la Discapacidad (Resources And Understanding of Disability) - Stephanie Lopez, Psychology.
  • The Extent Deafness is Mentioned in Elementary Education Courses at Central Washington University -Megan Marshall, Deaf and Sign Language Studies.
  • Effects of the Pandemic on Services Provided to Quinalt Nation Elders  - Kristeen Mowitch

Panel Participants

A panel of Accessibility Studies Program capstone projects featuring real world applications of the accessibility, e.g. the civil rights of people with disabilities to participate in all public accommodations, and universal design principles which improve the accessibility of all facilities and communication for all people. Each panel focuses on a different theme.

Accessibility in the College Setting 

  • Accessibility Awareness in CWU’s Nutrition Dietetic Curriculum. – Nicole Gibson, Nutrition.
  • Accessibility Universal Design for Learning Training for Faculty using the Canvas Learning Management System - Bridget Irish, Tech Support.    
  • How Academic Libraries Can Improve Accessibility for Employees with Invisible Disabilities - Tasha Robertson, Interdiscipinary Social Science.

ADHD and Invisible Disabilities Awareness 

  • The Gender Bias in Diagnosing ADHD and Lasting Impacts It Has Had Upon the Lives of Women -Sara Cannarella, Sociology.
  • Current Social Media Pages focused on ADHD Awareness - Alexa Stewart, Sociology.
  • How Invisible Disabilities Affect College Student Participation in School-Sponsored Events - Ellie Chaffin, Family & Child Life.

Accessibility Issues for Children 

  • The Accessibility of the Sequim McDonald’s PlayPlace - Annie Guthrie, Social Services.
  • Accessible Design in Water Parks - Patience Pruitt, Economics.
  • Accessibility in Daycares - Teresa Olarte, Psychology.

Accessible Communication

  • Open Up a World of Possibilities for Your Deaf Child Through ASL Immersion - Kate Anderson, Deaf and Sign Language Studies.
  • Changing How Music is Viewed with Subtitles and ASL Interpreters - Samantha Stevens, American Sign Language.
  • The Accessibility of Drive-Thru Restaurants for People with Visual and Communicative Disabilities - Toby Gordon, Psychology.

Accessible School Programs 

  • Are Future High School Coaches Adequate Prepared to involve students with disabilities? - Trevor Barger, Sports Management.
  • SmartMind: A Program to Alleviate Engagement Problems of Remote Learning in a Challenging High School - Alyssa Howard, Social Services.
  • The Accessibility of Pandemic-era Communication from a School District Before-and-After School Care Program - Laura Korsgaard, Psychology.

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