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Training Faculty to Create an Accessible and Inclusive Virtual Classroom

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Since the start of the pandemic, faculty and staff have been asked to convert many courses and programs to fit a virtual and hybrid model. For many, the task has been nearly insurmountable. Ensuring accessibility and inclusion has taken a back seat to basic logistical demands. However, now is an ideal time for disability resource professionals to leverage the work we have been doing in this area long before the COVID-era and teach colleagues how to design courses, syllabi, and programs in a manner that ensures the highest level of accessibility, inclusion, and impact. This webinar will help you support your institutional colleagues as they approach this daunting, yet critical task. Based on well-established best practices and direct feedback from 100+ students with disabilities, university faculty, and administrators who experienced the transition to virtual learning over the past year, we will offer tips and insights you can share with your campus partners. These will include basics of accessibility in the virtual space, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles for inclusion, and designing syllabi and courses that include all students.

If you missed the live presentation of this webinar, a recording is available for purchase.


  • Ian Kunkes

    Ian Kunkes, M.S., is the Director of Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity and a co-founder and chair of the Transforming Accessibility Initiative at Virginia Commonwealth University. Over a 15-year career supporting disabled students, Ian has worked in a range of educational settings, including higher ed, public and private secondary and post-secondary schools, and high-stakes educational testing. He has been a featured speaker at national and regional AHEAD events and the Post-Secondary Training Institute and regularly contributes to professional publications and community boards. Ian offers, “The global and social events of the 2020 and 2021 have caused a seismic shift the work we, disability service providers, do. Our roles on campus have been elevated to greater levels of importance and visibility as we are increasingly sought out to provide input in major institutional decisions. The opportunity we now have to embed our philosophy of equity, inclusion, and access into all aspects of the institution should serve as a mission that guides our path forward.”

February 16, 2021
Tue 3:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 30M

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