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Universal Design for Learning with Samantha Johns
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an environment-focused, sustainable lens to review interactions with students within campus and remove barriers. In this session we'll discuss: - What is the need currently experienced by post-secondary education in matters of inclusion? - The changing landscape of access and inclusion in Higher Education. - How to encourage our own practice to recognize these areas of ‘tension’ in current approaches to access. - Explore the definition and intentions of Universal Design for Learning. - Reflect on how UDL might meet the ‘needs’ being experienced in Higher Education for a rapid change in access practices. Our Speaker: Samantha John is the Accessible Media Coordinator in the Office of Academic Innovation at Portland State University . She created a faculty professional development program that includes peer review of syllabi and course activities that incorporate UDL and accessibility publishing conventions. She also developed the UDL Media Lab at PSU where students with disabilities work to identify barriers in curriculum. Samantha's passion for inclusion and diversity drive her study and presentation of UDL and universal access related issues in higher education.


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    The Portland Accessibility and User Experience (PDX A11Y UX) Meetup addresses how to incorporate accessibility and universal design principles into project planning, user research, and UX evaluation.

    This meetup hosts an ongoing conversation about how to create in a way that is inclusive to the greatest number of people possible - meaning those with and without (dis)abilities.

    The accessibility conversation is timely around the world and locally in our Portland tech community. Some join the conversation to mitigate legal risks, others are motivated by social justice purposes, while many find that building accessibility early into a development lifecycle improves user experience.

    PDX A11Y UX acts as a resource for Portland based companies and individuals interested in accessibility, universal design, and inclusive design. We encourage you to tweet #pdxa11yux about accessibility topics you are interested in seeing in the future with our group.

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