Field Service Assistant Professor & Instructional Designer, University of Cincinnati
Specializing in instructional design and technology, specifically Universal Design for Learning and technology for inclusion, Sarah was the co-chair of the University’s initial accessibility subcommittee. Her passion for accessibility and improved success for all students began when she was a faculty member and freshman advisor, witnessing first-hand the barriers to success affecting students. As the mother of a daughter with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism, Sarah also knows the power of Universal Design and accessibility in education first hand. Sarah teaches graduate courses in Universal Design for Learning (UDL), coordinates the School of Education’s undergraduate educational technology program, works with faculty to design online and blended learning experiences for the School of Education, and supports the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning’s faculty development programs focused on online course design and Universal Design for Learning.
Now a member of the University of Cincinnati’s Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) Accessibility Program, Sarah serves with the Awareness and Development committee. The EIT program was created as a result of the resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights in December 2014. It is designed to move the university beyond eAccessibility compliance toward a universal electronic learning environment for all University of Cincinnati students and employees. The university-wide eAccessibility program coordinates the people, policies, procedures, and procurement of an accessible digital environment. Their goal is to help make all digital experience accessible to everyone to get all students where they want to go. Currently, Sarah and the EIT team are working to create a place people can go to learn more about eAccessibility and how to incorporate it into the way they create digital materials. This work will move forward UC’s goal of developing advocates for eAccessibilty, working together to understand eAccessibility, and making eAccessibility part of UC’s culture.