Don't Raise Your Voice, Improve Your Argument: Advocating for Accessibility

Concurrent Session 4
Equity and Inclusion

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

If your institution has yet to form an accessibility policy or committee, advocating for accessibility can be a challenge. Come share your best point/counterpoint for an accessible campus and leave this session with practical examples and phrases that will better equip you for tough conversations about access. 


Torie joined Wichita State's Media Resources Center as an Instructional Designer in Summer 2015. She now works as a full-time Instructional Designer and online English Composition and Literature Instructor.She is especially interested in faculty professional development. Before joining the team, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Wichita State's Department of English. There she taught various Composition and Literature courses both face-to-face and online. Torie has received her BA and MA in English Language and Literature from Wichita State University.

Extended Abstract

Advocating for accessibility against resistent colleagues can mean entering into a challenging conversation without being adequately equipped or prepared, espeically if your institution has yet to form an accessibility policy or comittee. While quoting information from the ADA and Rehabilitation Act may seem like the best way to appeal to a colleague, this strategy will sometimes prove to be unsuccessful. In this conversation, not presentation, respresentatives from all areas of higher education (faculty, staff, and administration) are encouraged to share their best arguments and point/counterpoints for an accessible campus. Leave this session with practical examples and phrases that will equip you for those tough conversations. 

Participants will receive prompts based on real conversations about accessibility in higher education. Small groups will then workshop responses that focus on the principles of UDL rather than legal quotations. The larger group will then come together to critique responses, ultimately creating a small "handbook" of responses that can help control conversations about accessibility.