Source: Universal Design in Higher Education

Authors: Sheryl E. Burgstahler &  Rebecca C. Cory

This google book edited by Sheryl Burgstahler and Rebecca Cory discusses the approaches of universal design that reflect the values we place on diversity in education. This book aims to dismiss the “typical” student and instead actively address the needs of people with the broadest range of characteristics during a design process. The approach that Burgstahler and Cory break down helps lead to educational products and other environments that are welcoming for students and accessible for all aspects of diversity. Their conclusions are analyzed and discussed in four parts: 1.) Introduction; 2.) Universal Design of Instruction in Higher Education; 3.) Universal Design of Student Services, Physical Spaces, and Technological Environments in Higher Education; 4.) Institutionalization of Universal Design in Higher Education. Their findings, in the end, show that creating a universal design course requires intentional meaning and planning. 

Sheryl E. Burgstahler is the director of DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) which promotes the success of students with disabilities in colleges and universities at the University of Washington. 

Rebecca C. Cory has a ph.D. in Culture Foundations of Education, with a focus on Disability Studies at Syracuse University. Her first job out of college was as an academic advisor and disability specialist at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. Now you can find her in the Office of Instruction at Bellevue, where she helps students and faculty with their curriculum and assessments.

Burgstahler, Sheryl, and Cory Rebecca. Universal Design in Higher Education. Harvard Education Press. 2008. Google Books.

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