Bridging the Accessibility Gap: Improving Communication and Collaboration with Faculty

When it comes to accessibility at your institution, how confident are you that administration, faculty, and disability services are all on the same page?

Utah Valley University’s (UVU) Accessibility Services Department is working to promote universal access for all students by tying accessibility for students with disabilities to the university’s Inclusion Initiative action plan.

Based on a campus-wide faculty survey at UVU, this session will strategize ways to get buy-in from the top down by getting familiar with institutional and departmental goals, clearly demonstrating the close connection between accessibility and fulfillment of those goals, and understanding it’s not always what we say but how we say it that matters most.

This presentation will cover:

  • How to alleviate faculty concerns regarding accessible curriculum
  • How to tie accessibility to institutional and departmental goals
  • What to say and how to say it to get buy-in from the top down


Laura Loree
Accessibility Services Counselor | Utah Valley University

Patrick Loftus (Moderator)
Marketing Assistant | 3Play Media