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Use your waiver to take ASP 305 Accessibility & User Experience this summer. Sign up now!

Notice Type: 
Event Date: 
Mon, 06/17/2019

As public school employees, you have the benefit of a tuitioin waiver that reduces classes to minimal tuition. Use your benefit* to take a class guaranteed to be meaningful both personally and professionally. Why is it meaningful? About 1 in 5 people are hindered from participating fully in everyday activities due to disability, whether temporary or chronic. You have a 100% chance of experiencing the same in your lifetime as you naturally age and encounter common diseases and accidents. You are better prepared by understanding the scope of disabilities and the barriers they face. Become an advocate for yourself, your loved ones, and the people your serve on the job!

ASP 305 Accessibilty & User Experience is the introductory course for the undergraduate Accessibilities Studies Program (ASP), an interdisciplinary opportunity to learn about the challenges facing people with disabilities and limitations and to become competent in recognizing where, when, and how to accommodate such needs.

Catalog description: Quality of life issues of accessibility in everyday experiences and environments. Changes in laws and attitudes about the need for proactive accessible design. Current careers requiring competence in troubleshooting accessibility.

Cost: This course is a bargain this summer since it is changing from 3 to 4 credits in the fall. Full tuition and fees are approximately $750 but the waiver reduces that to$50 plus an online fee of $40. Required books are less than $70.

NO PITY:PEOPLE W/DISABILITIES FORGING A NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, Author: SHAPIRO, Publisher: CROWN, Year Published: 94, Price: 18.00 USD, Notes: Available used for $13.50.  

DISABILITY,SOCIETY,+THE INDIVIDUAL, Author: SMART, Publisher: PRO-ED, Edition: 3, Year Published: 16, Price: 70.00 USD, Notes: Available used for $52.50.  


Course Goals (Learner outcomes)
By the end of this course, you should have produced evidence of the following abilities:

  1. Identify assumptions of mobility, perception, cognition, and engagement regarding common life activities (i.e. ableism).
  2. Define disability etiquette.
  3. Distinguish between theoretical models of disability, e.g. medical, social, economic, functional, identity, moral, charity, and destiny, and examine the implications of beliefs and attitudes about disability on public and personal perceptions of disability.
  4. Differentiate categories and levels of disability and common barriers associated with them.
  5. Define assistive technologies and their uses.
  6. List prominent legal documents and landmark events related to disability and human rights.
  7. Survey current careers requiring competence in troubleshooting accessibility.

Course Delivery

This is an online course beginning this week and ending August 16.. You will need a few hours to read and the Same to complete assignments each week. To be realistic about whether you have time this summer, here are the routines:

  • Private 15-minute  Individual Meetings are held twice to provide individual guidance:
    • First Mandatory Individual Meetings are held June 17 if not before.  Sign up for one 15-minute session.
    • Second MandatoryIndividual Meetingsare held August 12-15.
  • 9 Seminars have 2 due dates: one for posting  (usually Wed 9PM) and one  to respond to at least two colleagues’ posts (usually Fri 9PM). The goal is for you to respond to each person in the course at least once.
  • 5 Projects (usually due Sundays 9PM) with another due date of Wednesday 9PM to give feedback to colleagues. 
  • 4 quizzes and a final exam are all open book
  • OPTIONAL: 9 Open Forums are synchronous meetings held Thursdays with a choice of 12PM or 6PM unless the class agrees otherwise. These discussions troubleshoot issues raised by the seminars submitted the day before as well as clarifying project instructions. They typically last less than 1/2 hour. Recordings of the meetings will be posted.

Program: The Accessibility Studies Certificate and Minor document a familiarity with the scope of laws and conditions most commonly encountered in public venues of employment, learning, recreation, commerce, and independent living. Difficulties are reported in six categories by the American Community Census: hearing, vision, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care, and independent living. Each of these topics is an academic field which in turn intersect with many others, such as business, law, communication, construction, and education. ASP 305 synthesizes the interdisciplinary aspects and begins the process of adding practical depth to all careers, given the increasing prevalence and need for awareness of disability in the general population.

All four courses are offered this summer:

  • ASP 305 Accessibility & User Experience (taught by Dr. Naomi Petersen)
  • ASP 325 Universal Design (taught by Dr. Maria Watters)
  • ASP 435 Accessible Information Design (Taught by Dr. Josh Welsh)
  • The capstone course, ASP 485 is also offered. You can sign up for this if you are signed up for the three core courss. People typically take more than one quarter to finish this individual project.

They are also offered through the school year. All are online.

Contact Dr. Naomi Petersen at  

To arrange to use your waiver, contact the Registrar at

* Most civil service employees, exempt employees, and faculty may not use their tuition reduction benefit during summer quarter. Members of the union, Public School Employee, have a special article that does allow them to use the benefit







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