CWUNewsNews Teachers Encouraged to Include Accessibility in Courses, 26 Oct 2019 10:29:49<p>Hundreds of middle school and high school teachers&nbsp;met at Great Wolf Lodge in Centralia this month, hosted by <span style="font-size:11.5pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Roboto&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#6c6c6c">Washington&nbsp;​ACTE-Family&nbsp;​&amp;&nbsp;​Consumer&nbsp;​Sciences&nbsp;​Educators&nbsp;​(WA-FACSE)&nbsp;​and&nbsp;​the&nbsp;​Washington&nbsp;​Association&nbsp;​of&nbsp;​Family&nbsp;​&amp;&nbsp;​Consumer&nbsp;​Sciences&nbsp;​(WAFCS)</span></span></span></span>. Dr. Naomi Jeffery Petersen, director of Central Washington University&#39;s Accessibiltiy Studies Program, presented a session on&nbsp;<font face="Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 12.6667px;"><i>&nbsp;</i></span></font><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The Universal Need for Acceptance and Inclusion in which the knowledge base of accessibility was related to FCS-CTE curriculum standards and 21st Century Skills.&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="Family &amp; Consumer Sciences (stylized image of 4 family members) &quot;Creating Healthy &amp; Sustainable Families&quot;" src="" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 250px; height: 102px;" /></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">There is a tremendous need for people to be knowledgeable about accessibility because one in five people is likely to have a disability, and all people are likely to experience at least some significant changes in their abilities. They just have to stick around and get old! Family &amp; Consumer Science courses are the ideal opportunity to do so because they teach about lifespan development, relationships, and careers.&nbsp; &nbsp;21st Century Skills include Life &amp; Career Skills such as Social &amp; Cross-Cultural Skills. The greatest challenge for people with disabilities is stigma: the assumption that people with disabilities are incapable or unwelcome in public places, so they are treated badly or ignored. More frustrating is the simple ignorance of the difficulties faced by those unable to maneuver heavy doors or climb steps or other common circumstnaces that could be modified. Raising awareness of these experiences will help students respond to the needs of others and advocate for change.<img alt="21st Century Skills logo " src="" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 298px; height: 200px;" /></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">All classroom teachers are familiar with&nbsp;the principles of special education inclusion. Dr. Petersen pointed out that K-12 special education is funded through the Individuals with Disabilties Education Act (IDEA), but no such advocacy is funded afterwards. Instead, civil rights protected by such laws as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act. This means that complaints and lawsuits will be decided based on those rights, and there are many policies requiring compliance in construction. Around 13% of all students will need special accommodations for learning, but about 20% of all people need help in other areas of everyday living. Most diabilities are invisible, especially atypical neurological development like autism, or autoimmune diseases, such as lupus. Many conditions are temporary, such as post-surgery tenderness limiting movement. Some are situational, such as being a caregiver of an infant which involves maneuvering public places with a stroller and baggage. Even more conditions are predictable, such as aging which automatically brings change in agility and perception. Thus accessibilty issues are common and all students should learn to expect there will be people everywhere who have a right to be there but may need some consideration.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The Family &amp; Consumer Sciences Department at CWU is a large and dynamic entity housed in Michaelson Hall under chair Dr. Duane Dowd. In addition to preparing FCS-CTE and Business &amp; Marketing teachers, there are programs in Family &amp; Child LIfe; Apparel, Textiles &amp; Marketing; Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management--all off which focus on serving the needs of all people. For this reason, many undergraduates majoring in these areas choose to minor in Accessibility Studies.&nbsp;<img alt="UN symbol for accessibility: stylized stick figure in circle based on da Vinci's Vitruvian Man." src="" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 189px; height: 177px;" />&nbsp;The certificate requires only 16 credits and can become a minor by combining courses in any of those majors.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt">&nbsp;</p> </span style="font-size:11.5pt"></span style="line-height:107%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Roboto&quot;,serif"></span style="color:#6c6c6c"></font face="Calibri, sans-serif"></span style="font-size: 12.6667px;"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="text-autospace:none"></span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"></p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="text-autospace:none"></span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"></p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="text-autospace:none"></span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"></p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="text-autospace:none"></span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"></p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt">ASP Faculty Win Literati Award for Chapter on Accessibility and Acceptance for University Students with Diverse Abilities, 08 Aug 2019 11:33:38<p><span><span>A chapter written </span></span>collaboratively by the director of CWU&#39;s Accessibility Studies Program and one of her students<span><span>&nbsp;has been selected by the Emerald Publishing editorial team as an Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2019 Emerald Literati Awards.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><em><span><span>About the Chapter</span></span></em></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><a href=";;sdata=df8vfQ6BtwEMbDKmg0G6INNIsHcixn5RTJxVQs%2FCf30%3D&amp;reserved=0" originalsrc="" shash="sxzPqhoutPMzX3irJRhIt/6Fv1VPUA5Il9t2gDzu8F4R0lOJnKU5nkmsp+nNpujwOTuDjH20OKbL23ucrMCIqXvdOciztw/jQrqkp+7VLBF7HGar7chgbhWObMBFSfEykAmMR3Ewu4qC//jNP99G+IZvVvgngXKG26eqxWbZIkE=" target="_blank" title="Accessibility and Acceptance for University Students with Diverse Abilities">Accessibility and Acceptance for University Students with Diverse Abilities</a>,&nbsp;</span></strong>published in <em>Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning,</em></span></span>&nbsp; examines the efforts made by <a href="">Central Washington University</a> not only to remove architectural, social, and academic barriers to student success as required by law, but to establish an academic voice for the disability experience and the disability rights movement through the newly founded <a href="http://www,cwu,edu/accessibility-studies">Accessibility Studies Program.</a> The chapter describes university students with disabilities and their experience in the context of CWU&#39;s example of the advances in commitment to <img align="right" alt="" height="499" src="" width="334" />inclusion in higher education.</p> <p>The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990, comprehensively addressing the life needs and civil rights of people with disabilities (PWDs). Although the ADA would prohibit discrimination in the workforce, public services, transportation, and information, therefore spurring efforts by private and public institutions to plan for and adopt accessible environments and practices, the actual voice and experience of PWDs often remains unacknowledged, even on university campuses and in academic programs that purport to have progressive ideals.</p> <p>This is the second collaboration for the authors. They also presented&nbsp;<span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><em>From Apathy to Advocacy: How CWU&rsquo;s Innovative &ldquo;Accessibility Studies&rdquo; Program Inspires Change</em></strong>&nbsp; at the 2017 <a href="">State of the Art Conference </a>on Postsecondary Education of Adults with Intellectual Disabiltiies.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Sandra J. Gruberg</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> is a Program Coordinator and educator for the Pierce County Coalition for Developmental Disabilities, a non-profit advocacy group for people of all ages who experience developmental disabilities. She is also the mother of a young adult with an intellectual disability and has been advocating for her daughter&rsquo;s educational inclusion over the last 15 years. Before fully devoting her time to disability advocacy, Sandra served as the Assistant Director of Central Washington University Learning Support Services and was a student in the inaugural run of the Accessibility Studies program.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><strong><span><span>Naomi Jeffery Petersen</span></span></strong><span><span> (&ldquo;NJP&rdquo;) is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Supervision, and Educational Leadership at Central Washington University. She is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (BA/Ed), Chapman University (MA/Counseling Psychology), and Seattle Pacific University (EdD/Curriculum) where her dissertation was a psychometric investigation of teacher beliefs. As a teacher educator, her instruction and consultation work have been in assessment and professional dispositions with a strong focus on integrating environment, technology, and culture. NJP is the originator of the Accessibility Studies Programs which focus on general accessibility knowledge needed by all people to be advocates and problem-solvers for themselves and others.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Emerald Publishing</strong> was founded in 1967 to champion new ideas that would advance the research and practice of business and management.&nbsp;&nbsp;Emerald manages a portfolio of over 300 journals, more than 2,500 books and over 1,500 teaching cases. <em>Innovations in HIgher Education Teaching and Learning</em>&nbsp;is one of its education book series.&nbsp; This is the fourteenth volume,&nbsp;focusing on student experiences in higher education and how those experiences shape their identity and influence their academic success. The key factors in identity development and how student experiences in formal, nonformal, and informal learning activities help shape their identities frame the discussion of the main theories and concepts involved in identity formation and how educators can increase their understanding and importance of identity in education. This volume argues that all forms of learning can create a more engaging and democratically oriented student experience. It also argues that inclusive leadership is an important factor in cultivating a rich and dynamic learning environment and bringing about greater equity and inclusion in teaching and learning.<br /> <em><img align="right" alt="" height="177" src="" width="189" /></em></p> <p><strong>Accessibility Studies Programs</strong> at Central Washington University work to define the experiences of people in all environments so the design will achieve maximum functionality and participation. It provides an academic voice for people with a broad range of abilities and we are committed to confronting the stigma, habits, and assumptions that combine to limit full engagement and independence.</p> <p>The 16-credit, four-course certificate&nbsp;is offered online. The online format makes this certificate accessible to working professionals and other distance learners. The certificate can&nbsp;be completed in one integrated summer session or over a year by taking a course or two each quarter.</p> ASP visits Therapeutic Horseriding Center, 30 Jul 2019 13:05:40<p><img alt="Therapeutic horse with volunteer at New Kingdom Trailriders " src="" style="width: 150px; height: 150px; float: left; margin: 5px;">Dr. Petersen, director of <a href="">Accessibility Studies</a> at Central Washington University, visited <img alt="New Kingdom Trailriders signpost" src="" style="width: 150px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: right;"><a href="">New Kingdom Trailriders</a>,&nbsp; to observe therapeutic horses in action. These horses must be able to handle any type of person… especially those who move a lot or are anxious. Their disposition must be calm and they must already be very responsive to commands. There are 9 horses boarded there, all of them retired, all of them donated. The barn is calm and orderly, with several instructors and volunteers seeing to the horses’ grooming and feeding needs. Two were preparing for the next lessons. They began warming up 15 minutes before the lesson starts, rehearsing their path around the arena with their assigned walkers.</p><p>Each rider needs several volunteers to follow the instructor’s guidance: someone to lead, plus there are usually two walkers, one on each side of the saddle. Most are riders themselves with a combined passion for the animals and the people they serve. Samira Radi is an instructor for this nonprofit service one day a week. The rest of the week she <img alt="Samira Radi, equine therapy instructor" src="" style="width: 120px; height: 178px; margin: 5px; float: left;">works at Rock Island Animal Hospital where she is a veterinary assistant. She just graduated from Augustana College of Rock Island, IL, in Biology and has applied to four veterinary schools. Eventually she hopes to be an equine veterinarian.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Two riders participated in the lesson: First one then the other rider was led up the wooden steps so they could mount the saddle. Caleb Is a 15 year old with several medical conditions. His grandmother, who adopted him as an infant, said he is estimated at as functioning at 3-5 year old. He was excited and called out some people by name, saying “I like your boots! I like your hat! I like your shirt!”</p><p><img alt="Rider preparing to mount therapy horse" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 225px; float: right; margin: 5px;">He comes once a week and his grandmother says it makes all the difference since in no other situation does he ever relax so much. As he circled the arena, shifting directions around obstacles, at one point he and all his walkers raised their hands, part of the ‘two point’ skill set they were reviewing. &nbsp;The goal is to be able to stand up without holding on to the saddle, working many core and thigh muscles but also learning sequences and balance. Because Caleb has a tendency to move his lower legs a lot, which is a signal for horses to go, he is on a much larger horse that is also less likely to respond to that stimulus.</p><p><img alt="parents of riders at New Kingdom Trailriders" src="" style="width: 120px; height: 314px; margin: 5px; float: left;">His grandmother mentioned that in Illinois she only gets 5 hours a week of respite but in Iowa it would be 15.&nbsp; She mentioned that Iowa provides far more services, and she has been struggling mightily to get Caleb’s needs met, with the school overriding therapeutic decisions and the classroom not being safe. Group lessons cost $150 for the 6-lesson session, usually with just 2 riders. The private lesson rate is $180. The lessons may qualify for several funding resources, such as medical insurance, social services, and education, which varies between states.</p><p>The other child was a very small boy with CP who is often either rigid or floppy. While they do have a belt device that could hold him up, he is actually able to sit up and they want to encourage his own strength. His mother laughed and commented that he could be stubborn—true of most 7 year olds! He has attended therapeutic horseriding lessons for two years. In winter he goes to an indoor arena in Iowa.&nbsp;</p><p>Donations and fundraisers along with volunteer labor maintain this charitable organization. Their main fundraising event is the Join the Journey event in September where people share their stories for a $50 meal. This year it will be September 20, 2019 at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201. They also host other events nearly every month, including socials but also workshops in sign language and relaxation techniques. Tax-deductible donations can also be mailed to them at 18929 81st St, Sherrard, Illinois 61281 or contributed online at; &nbsp;Their <a href="">wish list</a> includes items typically found in horse barns, such as Thrush Buster and Vet Wrap, but there is a nod to the barn cats with the request for kitty litter. They also need standard school and office supplies.</p><p>The lessons are organized in 6-week sessions from the end of February to the beginning of December. They are <img alt="New Kingdom Trialriders therapeutic horseriding lesson" src="" style="width: 250px; height: 325px; margin: 5px; float: right;">intended to help develop mental stimulation, physical strengthening, emotional development, and social interaction. The NKT website lists examples of conditions that benefit from such lessons: Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Bifida, Spinal Cord Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Fine/Gross Motor Skills, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Visual/Hearing Impaired, Sensory Integration, Learning Disabilities, Developmental Delay, Downs Syndrome, Emotional Disorders. They serve people as young as 4 years old through elderly people. Executive Director Jodie Barton explained “I want to share that magic with first responders, caregivers, Alzheimer's patients, individual suffering from grief, as well as teens who are struggling socialy and/or emotionally.”</p><p>New Kingdom Trailriders is an accredited PATH facility There are more than 850 <a href="">Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Internationa</a>l (PATH Intl.) Member Centers in the United States and around the world providing equine-assisted activities and therapies. As explained on their website:</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">Though PATH Intl. began with a focus on horseback riding as a form of physical and mental therapy, the organization and its dedicated members have since developed a multitude of different equine-related activities for therapeutic purposes, collectively known as equine-assisted activities and therapies (or EAAT). Besides horseback riding, EAAT also includes therapeutic carriage driving; interactive vaulting, which is similar to gymnastics on horseback; equine-facilitated learning and mental health, which partner with the horse in cognitive and behavioral therapy, usually with the participation of a licensed therapist; ground work and stable management; and PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes®, which uses a variety of EAAT disciplines specifically to help war veterans and military personnel. In addition, many PATH Intl. volunteer-driven committees are working on identifying and refining even more disciplines and activities that might be put to use in the world of EAAT.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>There are 22 accredited PATH facilities in Washington State, including the<a href=""> Pegasus Project</a>&nbsp; in Yakima and <a href="">Spirit Therapeutic Riding Center&nbsp;</a> &nbsp;in Ellensburg. Kendra Dockins, a member of the <a href="">Central Washington University Rodeo Club</a>, explained that <a href="">Rascal Rodeo</a> organizes rodeo events with the theme “Abilities &gt; Disabilities”.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Horseriding, like swimming, is considered a recreational activity and a sport while also having therapeutic applications. <img alt="" src="" style="width: 90px; height: 84px; margin: 5px; float: right;"><a href="">Accessibility Studies Program</a> focuses on the inclusion of people of all ability levels in all public accommodations. Facilities providing such activities are included in the study of ASP 325 Universal Design while careers such as riding instructors are investigated in ASP 305 Accessibility and User Experience. Nonverbal communication is part of ASP 435 Accessible Information Design. The certificate’s culminating course is ASP 485 Accessibility Capstone which is an individual project applying the knowledge of accessibility to a real world environment. Someone interested in therapeutic horseriding could focus on studying these facilities or the effects they have. All courses in Accessibility Studies are offered online. The certificate is only 16 credits. Contact </p style="margin-left: 40px;">20 ASP Capstones to present at SOURCE!, 02 May 2019 18:32:30<p>Twenty <strong>Accessibility Studies Program</strong> students will be presenting their capstone projects at the annual <em><strong>Symposium of Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression </strong></em>at CWU May 14-16. <img alt="" src="" style="width: 90px; height: 90px; float: right;">Their capstone projects apply the knowledge from three core courses (ASP 305 Accessibility &amp; User Experience, ASP 325 Universal Deisgn, and ASP 435 Accessible Information Design) to a real world scenario. Join us!</p><p>Their topics show how widespread the issue of accessibility is:</p><h2 style="text-align: center;">Participants in SOURCE 2019</h2><h3>Des Moines Oral Presentations May 14 6PM Building 2 Highline College</h3><p>• <em>Beginning the Journey with the Help of Access Services</em>&nbsp; - Nineth Alvarez Lopez&nbsp;<br>•<em> School District Accessibility for Children with Disabilities and their Immigrant Families</em> - James Richmond&nbsp;<br>• <em>The Evacuation of Minor-aged Students with Mobility Impairments in Multistory School Buildings</em>&nbsp; - Chelsea Rivas&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><h3>Ellensburg Panel Participants 1:00 – 2:30 SURC Theater</h3><p>• <em>Deafness Accommodation in a Museum</em> - Caryn Boehm&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>• <em>The Experience of Living with an Adult Child with Autism and Mental Illness</em> - Anna Cairns&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>• <em>"A Missing Piece”, a Book about the Disorder of Agenesis and the Corpus Callosum</em> - Katheryn Clark<br>• <em>Lesson Plans to Teach Elementary Students about Accessibility</em> - Emma Cottle&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>•<em> School District Classified Staff and Awareness of Disabilities</em> - Laura Evans&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>• <em>Curriculum for Disability Awareness: Reducing the Stigma of Disability though Education </em>- Brittney Lautenslager&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>• <em>Accessibility at White River Ampitheatre</em> - Meredith Lanthorn<br>• <em>An Expanding Workforce and Promoting Inclusion</em>&nbsp; - Luca Straka&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>• <em>Comparison of Chinese and American Elementary Schools </em>- Ashley VanHorn&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>• <em>Accessibility with CWU Engagement Opportunities</em> - Annie Young&nbsp;</p><h3>Ellensburg Posters May 15 2:00PM SURC Ballroom</h3><p>•<em> Accessible Design on Mobile Apps for Elders</em> - Han Jiang<br>• <em>Beginning the Journey: Special Education Transitioning in Kittitas County</em> - Kayla Nancarrow<br>• <em>Accessibility in City Parks </em>- Jazmin Quinones</p><h3>Ellensburg Oral Presentations May 15 3:30 – 5PM SURC 137A</h3><p>• <em>International Disabled Adoptees Path to Higher Education</em> - Kaily Baulaureier<br>•<em> Identifying Roadblocks to the Hiring of People with Exceptionalities </em>- Alex Cheesman<br>• <em>How to Look Disabled Enough: An Exploration of Stigma and Invisible Disabilities</em> - Kenny Dalton<br>• <em>Finding Employment Accessibility for People with Intellectual Disabilities</em> - Michael Riggin<br>• <em>The Evacuation of Minor-aged Students with Mobility Impairments in Multistory School Buildings&nbsp;</em> - Chelsea Rivas</p><p>The students are pursuing both undergraduate minors and professional development certificates that are valuable for their careers but are also personally meaningful. All the courses are offered online, making it easier to schedule along with other courses and with employment and family obligations. You can complete the whole certificate in the summer session or spread the courses over a year.&nbsp;</p><p>Contact Dr. Petersen at <a href=""></a> or complete the <a href="/accessibility-studies/">online application form</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></h2 style="text-align: center;"></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></a href="">Accessibility Studies Students Going on to Graduate Schools, 08 Mar 2019 15:39:08<p><img alt="" src="/accessibility-studies/sites/" style="width: 90px; height: 90px; float: left;">Kaily Baulaurier is the latest in a series of CWU Accessibilty Studies students accepted by graduate schools. After graduating with a major in Social Services and a minor in Accessibility Studies, she will attend the University of Washington School of Social Work program in Seattle. <img alt="" src="/accessibility-studies/sites/" style="width: 90px; height: 90px; float: right;"></p><p>She has served two Accessibilty Studies internships: one on campus at the Disability Services office and the other at the Trellis Center, a local organic farm that provides residential and day occupation and recreation programs for adults with intellectual disabilities. The photos here are a tour of the facility, showing the hot house, chickens, and view of Kittitas Valley. <img alt="" src="/accessibility-studies/sites/" style="width: 800px; height: 600px; float: right;"></p><p>Kaily's Accessibility Studies Capstone project is an exploration of the higher education experiences of people with disabilities who were adopted from foreign countries as children.</p><p>Last year Hannah Peretti began a Boise State graduate program in Social Work after she graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Accessibility Studies. Her capstone project was a guidebook for transportation professionals to understand adults with autism when they ride the bus.&nbsp;</p><p>All capstone projects for Accessibility Studies demonstrate competence to analyze real world situations for their inclusion of people with disabilities and to make reasonable recommendations to increase all people's participation in life experiences in public facilites. Accessibility Studies students include undergraduates but also many people already working in many career fields who are pursuing the Accessibilty Studies Certificate for professional development.&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/accessibility-studies/sites/" style="width: 189px; height: 177px; float: right;"></p><p>Beginning Fall 2019 CWU expects to offer a Graduate Certificate in Accessibility Studies which can serve as a specialization within several graduate degree programs. Find out more at or contact Dr. Naomi Jeffery Petersen at or (509) 607-9407.</p>Special Sessions for people affected by autism to enjoy the Museum of Pop Culture... thanks to CWU Accessibility Studies student, 29 Jan 2019 13:56:38<p><img alt="View of the Museum of Pop Culture in front of the Seattle Space Needle. At dusk with dimming sky and bright lights around the MoPOP." src="/accessibility-studies/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 150px; float: left;">Part of the fun of the Museum of Pop Culture is how busy and noisy it is... sound and music compete for your attention with light shows and even if it is exciting, it can be nerve-wracking.&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/accessibility-studies/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 150px; float: right;">It's a popular place, with up to 5000 people visiting on holiday weekends. It's located in the busy Seattle Center where large crowds congregate.</p><p>That's both good news and bad news. People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) usually have a hard time in crowded&nbsp; noisy places, so their families help them with such strategies as using noise canceling headphones to reduce the amount of sensory detail.&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks to Olivia Bean, a CWU anthropology student preparing to graduate soon with minors in both Accessibility Studies as well as Museum Studies, MoPOP now has a set of headphones available for people with ASD who may not have brought their own.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="Snapshot of Accessibility Studies Student Intern" src="/accessibility-studies/sites/" style="width: 90px; height: 90px; float: left; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid;">Olivia works at MoPOP and on one particular day a family arrived with a child overwhelmed by all the noise. After a pair of regular headphones were found that could be used temporarily, Olivia mentioned it to Chelsea Rodriguez, the manager of their volunteer program, who in turn secured funding.</p><p>The museum is keen to be accessible, responding to the observations Olivia has made about user experiences. She learned about universal design,&nbsp; accessible information, and civil rights of people with disabilities&nbsp; in <a href="">Accessibility Studies Program</a>. It offers a 15-credit certificate and 20-credit minor that enhances all careers. Everyone is likely to experience at least temporary if not chronic conditions that limit ability. ASP is dedicated to enlightening all public environments so that access is greater for all and there is less need for individual accommodation.<img alt="Busy interior of the Museum of Pop Culture: hundreds of people on stair cases between multiple exhibits and shopping kiosks." src="/accessibility-studies/sites/" style="width: 90px; height: 90px; float: right; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid;"></p><p>Now there are&nbsp;<a href="">ASD Mornings at MoPOP</a> : These events are scheduled Sunday mornings before regular opening hours. The large screen still plays videos but ambient noise is played at a quieter level instead of the loud and competing music and the light show is not on. A few exhibits are open and reservations, although free, are limited. Sunday is rarely as busy as the rest of the days, so the people with ASD and their families may enjoy staying to see the other exhibits after the museum opens.</p><p>Museums in general are very attentive to their users' experiences. Dr. Hope Amason&nbsp; encourages her<a href=""> Museum Studies </a>students to pursue Accessibility Studies because there is such a valuable dimension to their career marketability. Dr. Amason also directs&nbsp;CWU's own <a href="">Museum of Culture and Environmen</a>t, known for its inclusion of features welcomed by people who are blind or use screen readers, who are deaf or hard of hearing, and who have mobility challenges. It's new exhibit, opening this week is&nbsp;<em><strong>For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights</strong></em> (January 30-March 16). The civil rights of people with disability have only emerged in the last generation. Much has changed in terms of ADA access but much remains to improve since many people are oblivious to the unintended barriers faced by people wtih disabilities, and there are still people with unreasonable prejudices against their inclusion.&nbsp;</p><p>The Accessibility Studies Program acknowledges the importance of pop culture. Its originator and director, Dr. Naomi Jeffery Petersen, has hosted panels at <a href="">Sakura-con</a>, a gathering of anime fans every April, on the topic of disabilities found in anime and manga; she and Dr. Denise Shaw will host a panel at the upcoming <a href="">Emerald City Comic Con</a> on the same topic in comics and graphic novels.</p><p>Dr. Petersen will be offering a course this summer on <em>Media Portrayals of Disability&nbsp; </em>and next fall one of the First Year Seminars will be <em>ASP 187 Freaks, Geeks, and Heroes: Depictions of Disability in Popular Media and Games.&nbsp;</em>All ASP courses are online, making them, well, accessible! The courses try to "walk the talk" of being accessible, thanks to the feedback of many students who use screen readers like CWU's <a href="">Central Access Reader</a>, a free application that turns text to voice. Also, CWU <a href="">Multimodal Education Center </a>experts Chad Schone and Delayna Brecken provide tireless troubleshooting as does Wendy Holden, director of CWU <a href="">Disability Services</a>.</p><p>For more information on CWU's Accessibility Studies Program, contact Dr. Petersen at or visit You can<a href=""> apply online</a>.</p>New book on equity and inclusion features CWU's Accessibility Studies Program, 22 Jan 2019 18:45:47<p>A new book,&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=""><em>Perspectives on Diverse Student Identities in Higher Education: International Perspectives on Equity and Inclusion</em></a>,&nbsp; <img alt="" src="/accessibility-studies/sites/" style="width: 90px; height: 90px; float: right;">was recently published featuring CWU's Accessibility Studies Program. This is volume 14 in the Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning Series published by International higher Education Teaching and Learning Association through Emerald Publishing. The authors were honored that their chapter, "Accessibility and Acceptance for University Students with Diverse Abilities" was selected to open the book</p><p>The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990, comprehensively addressing the life needs and civil rights of people with disabilities (PWDs). Although the ADA would prohibit discrimination in the workforce, public services, transportation, and information, therefore spurring efforts by private and public institutions to plan for and adopt accessible environments and practices, the actual voice and experience of PWDs often remains unacknowledged, even on university campuses and in academic programs that purport to have progressive ideals.</p><p>This chapter examines the efforts made by one midsized, comprehensive, American university not only to remove architectural, social, and academic barriers to student success as required by law, but to establish an academic voice for the disability experience and the disability rights movement through the newly founded <a href="">Accessibility Studies Program</a>.</p><p>Only a year old, the program is becoming established in the catalog of minors and certificates at CWU. ASP 325 Universal Design was overenrolled this Winter and the current cohort progressing through the program are likely to fill ASP 435 to be offered in Spring. All four ASP courses will also be offered in summer plus a new elective course <strong>ASP 498 <em>Media Portrayals of Disability</em></strong>. With the new General Education Program commencing in Fall, ASP will be offering a First Year Seminar in ASP 187&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Freaks, Geeks, &amp; Heroes: Portrayals of Disability in Popular Media.&nbsp;</em></p><p>You can <a href="">apply to the program online </a>or contact Dr. Petersen at for more information.</p><p>Citation:</p><p>Naomi Jeffery Petersen ,&nbsp; Sandra J. Gruberg , (2018), Accessibility and Acceptance for University Students with Diverse Abilities, in Jaimie Hoffman , Patrick Blessinger , Mandla Makhanya , (ed.) Perspectives on Diverse Student Identities in Higher Education: International Perspectives on Equity and Inclusion (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Volume 14) Emerald Publishing Limited, pp.13 - 28</p><p>&nbsp;</p>New book on how to engage ALL learners in higher education, 16 Nov 2018 15:30:12<p><em><img alt="Thomas Tobin" src="/accessibility-studies/sites/" style="width: 40%; float: left;">Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education</em>&nbsp;is the new book advocating for more than the rights of people with disabilities to succeed in college classrooms. Authors <a href="">Thomas Tobin </a>and Kirsten Behling show that the principles of accessibility benefit all students and thus professors are encouraged to design their courses with greater flexibility and use of alternative modalities.</p><p>This is a <strong>mindset that greatly reduces the need for accommodations</strong> required by law for eligible students and increases the success of the whole class. Their research shows that student satisfaction surveys (SEOIs) dramatically improve if students are given greater flexibility and perceive that professors expect a range of conditions instead of assuming that all students have the same abiities and circumstances.</p><p>CWU's Accessibility Studies Program Director Dr. Naomi Petersen recently enjoyed meeting him at the Accessing Higher Ground Conference in Westminster, Colorado. He gave a profoundly entertaining and informative presentation, using the popular Star Wars franchise of films to demonstrate the logic of Universal Design. He pointed out that ramps are the standard manner to enter, elevators the standard way to transfer levels, all acknowledging that a main character (R2D2) is mobile thanks to wheels. His Jedi images were memorable. He generously shared a white paper on "Re-Framing Universal Design for Learning for Broader Adoption in Higher Education" explaining the legacy of K12 inclusion behind the model.<img alt="" src="/accessibility-studies/sites/"></p><p>He made a strong case that we must reach learners where they are: <em><strong>20 minutes can be the difference between struggling and success</strong>.</em>&nbsp;The book's recommended "20 minutes, 20 days, and 20 months" strategy is inspiring. Alternate ways to get information and demonstrate their learning can make a profound difference. Such tools as the <a href="">Central Access Reader (CAR)</a>, a free text to speech tool, benefits not just people with visual impairment, but all people who find listening rather than reading will liberate them to more efficiently grasp concepts.</p><p>The CAR originated here at CWU thanks to Wendy Holden and others in Disability Services and recently updated to the 2.0 version that works better with Macs and has more features) and was widely recognized at the conference of disability professionals as a very powerful, valuable, and easily used tool. Holden's influence has been considerable in her role as Director of <a href="">Disability Services;</a> she was instrumental in the development of the Accessibility Studies Programs and continues to 'keep it real' as it strives to be a practical application of access principles to all career fields.</p><p>Re-framing our accessibility conversations leads to greater adoption and implementation, but the re-framing of the mindset is the challenge.&nbsp;Universal design for learning requires instructors to determine whether their familiar methods are really essential or just that: familiar. They need to trust that<em><strong> the considerable work of UDL is worth it</strong></em>.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Tobin is Conference Programming Chair on the Learning Design, Development, &amp; Innovation (LDDI) team in the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. CWU also has offices devoted to improving curriculum design and delivery as seen in the work of Dr. Chris Schedler who, as Executive Director of <a href="">Multimodal L</a>earning, has in the last seven years facilitated the growth of the large enterprise that recently located to the refurbished Samuelson building. Under his tutelage as well as Chad Schone, Director of the Multimodal Education Center, CWU provides professional development workshops in such topics as Universal Design.</p><p>The <a href="">Accessibility Studies Program</a> is at heart an effort to reframe attitudes about ability and our responsibility as a society to be inclusive of all abilities, as suggested by Dr. Tobin. Dr. Petersen shared the story of developing the ASP at CWU at the conference, meeting with a very positive response to the innovation of providing an academic voice in addition to a support voice. Bridget Irish, a current ASP student and Curricular Technology Support Specialist at The Evergreen State College, was in attendance and spoke enthusiastically about the value of the ASP program for her professional role providing support for faculty to make their online courses accessible. She encouraged people to<strong> register for the courses offered this coming winter 2019: ASP 305 Accessibility &amp; User Experience (3 cr) and ASP 325 Universal Design (4 cr).</strong></p><p>Accessing Higher Ground conference is sponsored by <a href="">AHEAD</a>, the Association on Higher Education and Disabilities. Dr. Petersen was also invited to be part of a panel at the Capacity-Building Institute for IT Faculty incorporating accessibility into their curriculum, held the day before the conference. Contact her at <a href=";body=I%20read%20the%20news%20article%20about%20accessibility%20and%20I%20am%20interested%20to%20know%20more!"></a> with any questions.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></a href=";body=I%20read%20the%20news%20article%20about%20accessibility%20and%20I%20am%20interested%20to%20know%20more!">Washington State Celebrates Disability History Month in October, 22 Oct 2018 17:25:41<p>A new curriculum has just been published that promotes awareness and acceptance of disability: <a href="">One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project</a>.&nbsp; It was sponsored by the Washington State Governor's Office of the Education Ombudsman (OEO) in partnership with two local educators, Adina Rosenberg and Sarah Arvey, as a guide for schools to address Disability History Month.</p><p>According to Washington law RCW 28A.230.158, every&nbsp; October, each public school is expected to&nbsp; provide instruction, awareness, and understanding of disability history and people with disabilities.&nbsp; The act was passed a decade ago with the following statement:</p><p>"The legislature finds that annually recognizing disability history throughout our entire public educational system, from kindergarten through grade twelve and at our colleges and universities, during the month of October will help to increase awareness and understanding of the contributions that people with disabilities in our state, nation, and the world have made to our society. The legislature further finds that recognizing disability history will increase respect and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities. The legislature further finds that recognizing disability history will inspire students with disabilities to feel a greater sense of pride, reduce harassment and bullying, and help keep students with disabilities in school."</p><p>The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds was created in 2017 with offices in Seattle, Spokane, and Olympia and an An Advisory Committee was form representing diversity across the 3 service regions and having a supermajority of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. This is consistent with the mantra of "nothing about&nbsp; us without us", which is consistent with the justification for Central Washington University's Accessibility Studies Program.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Naomi Petersen, originator and director of&nbsp; CWU Accessibility Studies recently chatted with the authors at the <a href="">Northwest Conference on Teaching Social Justice&nbsp;</a>where 1500 educators gathered to consider ways to address inequities and misunderstandings regarding all people experiencing exclusion and marginalization.&nbsp;</p>Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students Sign Up for Accessibility Studies, 10 Jul 2018 14:39:04<p>Accessibility Studies Program Director Dr. Naomi Jeffery Petersen is letting all the incoming freshmen and transfer students know about Accessibility Studies during Discovery Days visits this summer. pre-requisites.<img alt="" src="/accessibility-studies/sites/" style="width: 800px; height: 600px;"><br>Everyone should become an advocate for themselves and others, because disabilities are so prevalent. They can be temporary, they are usually invisible, and they are inevitable.&nbsp;</p><p>The knowledge and skills you develop in the Accessibility Studies Program are personally meaningful and definitely marketable! Only 15 credits, online.</p><p>Apply at;</p></br>