Accessing the Videos
Stories of Inclusive Technology: Diversity, Accessibility & Universal Design is a 7-video series produced by the ATRC.
- The videos are embedded on this page to provide wide access to the Colorado State University community. Login to your Office 365 account to view the videos.
- Audio described versions are linked after each video (external links).
- Members of the CSU Community are welcome to use these videos in trainings or to share them with your department or unit.
- If you are from another institution, the videos are available for purchase – please email Angie Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the trailer for a sampling of the content of the first video.
Inclusion, Diversity and Disability
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.
Legislation and Disability Rights
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.
Tech for Reading
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.
Tech for Writing
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.
Tech in the Classroom
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.
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.
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.