Next Steps for Addressing Accessibility in the College of Arts and Letters

Karen Moroski-Rigney, Stacia Moroski-Rigney, and Daniel Trego

Presenters will propose next steps for addressing accessibility through CAL programming. First, we will describe our relationship with accessibility at work and ask attendees to think about their current relationship to accessibility in their classrooms/programs/offices. Second, we will describe what we believe to be our next steps in CAL and ask attendees to both help revise our plans and consider their own understanding of accessibility, and will leave with resources on assistive technology.

To experience this presentation, there is voiceover audio for the slides. Each slide’s audio transcript is also available in the speaker notes. 

Creativity in the Time of COVID-19: Art as a Tool for Combating Inequity and Injustice

Jessica Stokes, Tushya Mehta, Anna Forest, Margaret Bice, Tessa Jazwinkski, and Alyssa DeTorrice

This roundtable discussion will feature a community of disabled undergraduate students who have been working to ensure the accessibility of the Creativity in the Time of COVID 19 project. At the center of the discussion will be their ongoing efforts to imagine accessibility beyond mere compliance while simultaneously navigating inaccessibility in their student life. They will discuss key topics including disability culture, accessible design outcomes and processes, as well as the role of creativity in creating access.

Extend Empathy Through Accessibility

Tyler Smeltekop, Jessica Stokes, Leslie Johnson

This session attempts to address biases in ways of thinking about accessible design, encouraging an understanding of disability and barriers to access through the lens of Universal Design. When course content and experiences are designed with an eye to removing barriers to access versus ad-hoc, time-of-need remediation for individuals, pedagogy can be elevated to a higher standard for all. Creating and selecting accessible course content can introduce new ways of engaging with pedagogy—often in ways faculty may not expect! Embrace the vulnerability that is inherent to accessibility design work, and see your work connect with others more meaningfully and deeply.

Make sure you don’t miss the roundtable discussion following Tyler’s talk, where Jessica Stokes and Leslie Johnson join the conversation to talk about imagining possibilities for greater accessibility options and better practices at MSU and elsewhere.