The stories behind universal design, accessibility and diversity: a video curriculum for faculty

Author: marlaroll

Marla Roll has been an Occupational Therapist for 30 years. Her interest in assistive technology began with her work as an OTR in public school settings. She currently serves as Director of the Assistive Technology Resource Center and as a faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University. She provides oversight for assistive technology services for the campus serving students and employees with disabilities. Marla’s areas of focus include examining the human technology user interface and finding the best match between the user and the technologies they employ in their daily activities as well as examination of barriers mainstream technologies present to people with disabilities. Marla has a history ( Co- PI) of 8 years of Department of Education grant related work that focused on Universal Design for Learning, 5 years of effort (Co-PI) on a Department of Education grant that considered assistive technology supports for students with intellectual disabilities and 5 years of serving as Senior Personnel on an National Science Foundation grant examining use of brain computer interface ( BCI) technology for people with significant motor impairments. Marla has 7 publications related to service and research in regard to assistive technology.