Stories of Inclusion: Diversity, Accessibility & Universal Design
Video Curriculum for Faculty
Available for Immediate Download
$100 (4 Yr Institution or Personal Use)
$65 (2 Yr Institution)
$15 (4 Yr Institution or Personal Use)
$10 (2 Yr Institution)
Shari Blackman Due at Be Reel Pictures
Mona Maser at Parthena Productions
At A Glance
Stories of Inclusive Technology: Diversity, Accessibility & Universal Design is a video curriculum for faculty and it addresses the growing need on college campuses to make electronic content accessible to all users, including students who use assistive technology, students without disabilities who prefer to access content in alternative ways (like text-to-speech or an audio recording), and instructors who discover that inclusively designed documents are more useful, and easier to build and update.
The series consists of the following seven videos:
(1) Inclusion, Diversity & Disability (14:22): In this video, disability is understood as a facet of campus diversity, and accessibility as an essential component of inclusion. Students, faculty and staff describe their learning preferences and use of a variety of technologies. For a community to be inclusive, it must create physical and electronic environments that welcome everyone, including those with disabilities.
(2) Legislation & Disability Rights (6:02): This video discusses the laws that apply to electronic accessibility. It highlights not only the legal obligation to create inclusive electronic content, but also the need from a social justice standpoint. Inclusive design reduces the need to retrofit, a lesson we can learn from the built environment.
(3) Tech for Reading (14:27): Students share stories of inclusion and exclusion when accessing their reading materials, including PDF and Word documents. Their stories demonstrate the benefits of inclusive design, such as listening to audio in a variety of situations, interacting with text using technology tools, and searching documents. Faculty also describe the benefits to themselves of creating inclusive documents
(4) Tech for Writing (4:39): Students, faculty and staff explain challenges they face with electronic communication. They describe tools that support their participation in a variety of writing tasks. Technology examples include voice recognition, mind mapping, word prediction, text to speech for editing, and more.
(5) Tech in the Classroom (12:51): Students share stories of inclusion and exclusion in the classroom, describing the note-taking and study tools that support their engagement. Faculty share stories of creating inclusive classroom environments that welcome all types of learners and a variety of technologies.
(6) Inclusive Web (11:19): Students share stories of navigating the Web using a range of technologies, including screen readers, speech recognition, magnification and mobile devices. The video features their stories of inclusion and exclusion, and highlights several components of inclusive web design that are addressed in the WCAG guidelines.
(7) Inclusive Video (8:56): This video focuses on the benefits of captioning and audio description for students with and without disabilities. For example, a deaf student describes feeling excluded when uncaptioned videos are played in class, a visually impaired student explains how much he gains from audio descriptions, and international students describe how captions enhance their English language comprehension.
In each video, speakers tell their stories of inclusion and exclusion, helping viewers understand their specific challenges. Students and faculty recount their experiences living with disabilities, using assistive technology, and building inclusive design solutions. Stories of Inclusive Technology has been designed for faculty, web developers, IT professionals, librarians and others who create electronic content, along with disability services and diversity professionals who strive to change the culture of higher education regarding electronic accessibility.
- Understand the need for accessible digital content
- Understand a range of experiences accessing electronic content (including students with and without disabilities, and students whose learning challenges are apparent and non-apparent)
- Identify the many benefits of inclusive instructional materials, both for diverse learners and the instructors themselves
- Realize that disability is an important facet of diversity, and accessibility an essential component of inclusion
- Understand that electronic accessibility is a path to inclusion for students with disabilities
- Feel motivated to create a more inclusive learning environment
If you are unable to access these videos using the Vimeo player due to accessibility issues, please download the video files and use your preferred accessible video player.
Transcripts, captions and audio description are available.
Last updated on October 7, 2019.