Building a more accessible and inclusive learning environment in higher education: outcomes of a training program for faculty and staff

Author: Chelsea Hansen

Marla has been an Occupational Therapist for 30 years and has worked in the field of assistive technology (AT) in higher education for over two decades. She is Director of the Assistive Technology Resource Center and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy where she oversees campus AT services and develops curriculums related to AT and universal design. She has served as Co-PI and Senior Personnel on federally funded grants related to universal design and BCI. Currently, Marla collaborates on research related to outcomes of AT interventions. She has published some of the first research into assistive technology utilization and outcomes in higher education. She oversees extensive faculty and staff training for creating accessible and inclusive course content. She sees barriers in the environment as the stumbling block for many students with disabilities and advocates for disability to be considered a facet of campus diversity and inclusion.