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.


Spero, H. R., Macinnes, B., & Petersen, N. J. (2021). Incorporating universal design into tsunami modeling results for Cascadia Subduction Zone faults to create an inundation map and universally designed evacuation map for Port Angeles, WA. International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, 13(1).

Petersen, N. J. (2019). It’s about time: Practical strategies for fostering meaningful time management competence in online courses. In L. Kyei-Blankson, E. Ntuli, & J. Blankson (Eds.) Handbook of research on creating meaningful experiences in online courses. Hershey, PA: IG Global.

Petersen, N. J., & Pearson, R. L. (November, 2019). Mobbability: Understanding how a vulnerable academia can be healthier. In C. Crawford (Ed.), Confronting academic mobbing in higher education: Personal accounts and administrative action (pp. 104-131). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-9485-7.ch005 

Pearson, R. L., & Petersen, N. J. (2019). An assessment framework for embedding significant and sustainable activity-based, course-based, and program-based service-learning. In T. York, A. Tinkler, & B. Tinkler (Eds.)  Service-learning to advance access and success: Bridging institutional and community capacity. IAP.

Petersen, N. J. & Gruberg, S. (2018). Accessibility and acceptance for university students with diverse abilities. In J. Hoffman, P. Blessinger, & M. Makhanya (Eds.) International Perspectives in Higher Education: Perspectives on Diverse Student Identities. (pp. 13-28).  Emerald Group Publishing. (Literati Award).

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

Anderson, A., Cory, R.C., Griffin, P., Richter, P., Fergeson, S., Patterson, E., Reed, L. (2015) Applications to Universal Design in Student Services: Experiences in the Field. In S. Burgstahler (Ed) Universal Design in Higher Education From Principles to Practice (Second Edition). Harvard Education Press.

Ben-Moshe, L., Cory, R.C., Feldbaum, M., & Sagendorf, K. (Eds.). (2004). Creating pedagogical curb cuts: Incorporating disability in the classroom and curriculum. Syracuse, NY. Syracuse University Press.

Cory, R.C. (2014). Behavior management for the higher education leader. In K. Kirstein, C. Schieber, K. Flores, & S. Olswang (Eds.), Strategies for teaching leadership: Proven practices in higher education (pp. 299-308). Charleston, SC.: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Cory, R.C. (2013). Universal Design in the Online Classroom. In K.D. Kirstein, C. E. Schieber, K. A. Flores and S. Olswang (Eds.) Innovations in Teaching Adults: Proven Practices in Higher Education (Volume 2). Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing.

Cory, R.C. (2011). Disability Services Offices for Students with Disabilities: A Campus Resource. New Directions for Higher Education.

Cory, R.C., White, J. & Stucky, Z. (2010). Using Disability Studies Theory to Change Disability Services: A Case Study in Student Activism. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. AHEAD.

Burgstahler, S. & Cory, R.C. (2008). Moving in from the margins: From accommodation to universal design. In S. Gabel & S. Danforth Eds., Handbook of Disability Studies and Education. New York. Peter Lang.
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Burgstahler, S. &. Cory, R.C. (Eds). (2008) Universal Design for Post Secondary Education: From Principles to Practice. Cambridge, MA. Harvard Educational Press.

Cory, R.C. (2003). Beyond Compliance: Articulation of the Role of Disabled Student Services on Campus. In R.C. Cory, S. Taylor, P. Walker, & J. White, Beyond compliance information packet. Syracuse, NY. Center on Human Policy Press.


  • 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.
  • Cory, R. (?) From Wonder Woman to Prom Dates: How Pop Culture Informs Our Understanding of Disability. Invited presentation. Centralia College.
  • Cory, R. (?) 100 Yard Dash: Jumping the Hurdle for Faculty Buy-In. Assessment Teaching and Learning Conference. Vancouver, WA.
  • Cory, R. (?) Texting, Tweeting & Talking in Class: Stop Disruptive Behavior in Higher Ed. Invited webinar for Higher Education Heroes.
  • Cory, R. (?) Classroom Management: Dealing with Difficult or Disruptive Adult Students. Webinar sponsored by City University of Seattle. (repeated for paid audience by Higher Education Hero)

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