Pedagogy: Universal Design & Other Challenges—Accessibility Issues in the English Classroom

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Charles A. S. Ernst / College English Association
contact email: 

250- to 500-word proposals, with title, for 15-minute papers/presentations on the challenges and opportunities in teaching students with disabilities in composition or literature courses.  Papers should address issues like the following:  teaching methods and resources, including universal design curricula, to support students with physical challenges (e.g., sight, hearing, paralysis), students with learning disabilities (e.g., cognitive impairment affecting reading, writing; attention deficit syndrome), and other disabilities; dealing with students susceptible to non-disclosure of disabilities; high school to college transition for English majors with disabilities; consideration of institutional liability risks of IT inaccessibility in F2F, online, and hybrid courses; faculty assumptions, attitudes, and responsibilities: on teaching, evaluating, what to report and to whom; consideration of the increase of this population in the classroom; an ethics of care in the work assigned and the readings discussed; the role of Academic Services as related to English faculty; department, division, and institutional support; assessment measures and outcomes (norms and outliers).  The presentation should be integrated with relevant research on accessibility and related issues to support the discussion and conclusions offered.