Universal Design

Universal Design Service 

To help move the campus toward the goal of becoming fully accessible according to the Accessibility Policy, the Office of Information Technology has implemented a Universal Design service as a resource for accessible authoring of public-facing and best practices in course design. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the Universal Instructional Design Consultant for support in three branches: education, consultation and outreach.

Education

Universal Instructional Design consultant conducts group workshops on topics including: Foundations of Universal Design in practice, general etiquette on disability and diversity, Accessible authoring of  documents, presentations, and other media, or custom workshops specifically tailored to your group.

Consultation

One-on-one consultations are available to discuss specific questions regarding accessibility. These sessions may involve in-depth learning of particular skills such as using Styles to provide heading tags, remediating inaccessible material, and alternative tags for images, or learning to use platforms like Microsoft Office suite, Google Drive, Desire2Learn, Qualtrics, etc.

Outreach 

The ICT Accessibility Program is committed to spreading awareness of Universal Design across the CU-Boulder campus and beyond. To that end, the Universal Instructional Design Consultant has been active in coordinating campus-wide events and participating at nationally recognized conferences.

  • Universal Design Fellowship: Six exemplary Universal Design Fellows comprise our 2016/2017 cohort. They will work one-on-one with the Universal Instructional Design Consultant to make an entire course or course unit fully accessible. Fellows receive a $1,000 award for either classroom use or participation in scholarship through attending a national conference. For more information, look at the UD Fellowship Application

  • Campus-wide events: The Diversity & Inclusion Summit, Diverse Learners Awareness Week, “I learn best when…” social media campaign

  • Conferences: Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Accessing Higher Ground (AHG), Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (COLTT), Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium (TLTS)

Resources

To get a sense of what faculty need to do to implement Universal Design in their courses, take a look at the Faculty Checklist for Universal Design and watch our video "Universal Design and Introduction to Accessible Materials":

 

Our CU Boulder community, from departmental units to the individual level, is encouraged to create a 3-year Accessibility Roadmap. While this document should be personalized to reflect your context and provide a realistic timeline, the Accessibility Roadmap template provides guidance. 

Get Started

Contact Alaina Beaver at alaina.beaver@colorado.edu, to get more information, set up a workshop or sign up for a one-on-one consultation. 

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