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Salome Heyward Event Information

Salome Heyward Event Feedback

Thank you for attending one, or more, of the Salome Heyward on campus presentations. We hope you walked away with new information or new questions to ask related to students with disabilities in higher education. Below are two links.

  1. Presentation slides, transcripts (in a word document) for your review and reference as well as computer generated audio file* of the transcript should you wish to replay the session.
  2. Survey on the Presentations: please share what was valuable, resources you are interested in moving forward and any lingering questions you have

*These computer generated files were done by CAR, or Central Access Reader, which is a free program for anyone to download, if you wish to learn more about it or perhaps create your own audio file click here

Salome Heyward Bio

Salome Heyward is a civil rights attorney with over 30 years’ experience in the field of disability discrimination law and disability management. Dr. Heyward is frequently sought out by media personnel to provide legal background for their productions concerning disability issues, e.g., NBC, CNN, ESPN, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She is a well-known and respected speaker and trainer in the area of disability discrimination law and disability management. She has been a featured presenter for national associations and organizations such as the American Association for Affirmative Action, the Association of Higher Education and Disability, the Council of State Governments, the National Association of State Personnel and the International Learning Disabilities Association. Dr. Heyward’s firm, Salome Heyward & Associates, helps post-secondary institutions, agencies and employers develop and maintain effective and compliant ADA/Section 504 programs and services. Services provided include: Program and function audits; case evaluations; ADA consulting; and complaint review and analysis.

You are invited to attend 2 campus events brought to you in partnership by: Disability Resources for Students, Housing & Food Services, Center for Teaching and Learning & Office of Risk Management

Emerging Trends in Disability & Higher Education

Monday, April 21st 2014, 3:00-5:00pm     Alder Hall Commons Auditorium

Session Description

Since the passage of the 2008 Amendments Act of the American with Disabilities Act there has been great change occurring on college campuses across the nation. The need for accessibility in websites. Technology and online programs and services has become a priority for campuses. This is driven by both the need to stay in compliance, but also by the desire to create an inclusive campus beyond just the traditional classroom setting. Non-academic programs and services are evaluating how to ensure access for students with disabilities, both in person and online; information technology units are examining the accessibly of university websites and technology used across campus; and the concepts of Universal Design is being integrated into more curriculum and programs by faculty.

This session will share the broad trends emerging in higher education nationally as it relates to students with disabilities as well as how to create an inclusive and accessible campus learning environment for all students. It will cover the important changes brought about with the 2008 Amendments to the ADA and speak to the idea that merely meeting the minimal ADA compliance is not nearly enough if institutions want to be effective and competitive moving forward.


UW campus staff and administrators who work directly or indirectly with students with disabilities or promote an inclusive, accessible and diverse learning environment for students.

Accommodating Students with Disabilities: the Role & Rights of Faculty

Tuesday. April 22, 2014,  3:30pm- 5pm   Odegaard Library 220

Nationally, 12% of students enrolled on a college campus are students with disabilities. At the UW we have seen a 59% growth rate in the past decade with an average of 7% annual growth rate in the last 5 years. In the 2012-2013 academic year over 1050 students with disabilities were served across more than 3000 UW courses, and by 1500+ faculty or academic staff.

The concepts of inclusive and universal design in the classroom have slowly begun to lessen the need for more formal accommodations. What has not changed is the need to balance the requirement to provide a student equal access to the educational process, and the need to up hold the academic integrity and standards of a course and/or program. Many times these can be competing principles on college campuses. Achieving meaningful and effective access for students with disabilities is possible through a deliberative process, focusing on meaningful access and collaboration with academic departments.

Outcomes of this session include:

  1. Understand the rights and responsibilities of faculty when accommodating students with disabilities
  2. Speak to legitimate concerns and issues raised by faculty as well as compliance mistakes made on college campuses across the nation
  3. Gain exposure to the concepts of inclusive teaching and universal design
  4. Learn UW campus resources to collaborate with to create inclusive learning environments