[Athen] Invite to take and disseminate survey to colleagues and employees who may have taken accessibility & UD topics in college courses

Howard Kramer hkramer at ahead.org
Fri Sep 27 14:43:42 PDT 2019

Dear Colleagues:

I am attempting to get a survey out to individuals who work in tech, IT,
course design or accessibility positions to see if they took courses that
addressed Universal Design or accessibility. Please consider taking the
survey yourself (see link below) and/or passing along the 2nd invite below
(and attached) to colleagues or employees you know who fit the intended
audience. (The first letter below explains the project and the purpose of
the survey in more detail). The results could show the benefits of teaching
accessibility and Universal Design in college courses. Please contact me if
you have any questions. And feel free to pass along this invite to other
individuals or organizations that might be interested in disseminating this
invite to their colleagues or employees.

Note: you can also view this invite and read more about the project at:

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks in advance.


Subject: Please help us to disseminate survey to gauge the usefulness of
*accessibility* and *Universal Design* topics in college level design and
technology courses.

Dear Colleague:

We are contacting you because of your or your company’s or organization’s
interest in the accessibility and Universal Design of your websites,
applications and products or because your company or organization provides
accessibility consulting or tools in this area. As part of a grant project
for *Promoting the Integration of Universal Design into University
Curricula* (UDUC), we are conducting a survey to gauge the benefits to
individuals of taking college level courses that include accessibility and
Universal Design topics.

Our goal is to have the survey sent out to current or past students who
work in Computer Science, Digital Media, Environmental Design, or other
technical or design-related jobs. Please feel to send out the invite below
to your current employees. You do not need to limit the invite to staff who
may have a particular interest in accessibility or Universal Design.

Also, you are welcome to disseminate this email to individuals at other
companies that you think would have an interest in distributing this survey.

More information on the study can be found in the employee invite below. If
you have any questions please feel free to contact me at
hkramer at colorado.edu or 303-492-8672.


Howard Kramer, PI, UDUC

[Technology or design professional survey invite:]

Dear Technology or Design Professional:

The URL below points to a survey for individuals who have taken Computer
Science, Digital Media, Environmental Design, or other technical or
design-related courses while in college or university.

The purpose of this survey is to gauge the usefulness of *accessibility*
and *Universal Design* topics in college curricula. (Note: these terms are
explained below and within the survey). All responses are anonymous.

If you are a student or past-student who has taken a technology or design
course, please consider taking the survey at this URL


Note your responses from the survey will not be shared with your employer
or with any other institution.

This survey is part of a project for *Promoting the Integration of
Universal Design into University Curricula* (UDUC). It is partly funded by
the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

If you have any questions, please contact Howard Kramer at 303-492-8672 or
hkramer at colorado.edu.


Howard Kramer, PI, UDUC



Accessibility refers to the design of products, devices, services, or
environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design
ensures both "direct access" (i.e. unassisted) and "indirect access"
meaning compatibility with a person's Assistive Technology (for example, a
wheelchair or computer screen readers). [1]

*Universal Design*

Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by
all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for
adaptation or specialized design. The intent of universal design is to
simplify life for everyone by making products, communications, and the
built environment more usable by as many people as possible at little or no
extra cost. Universal design benefits people of all ages and abilities. [2]

[1] https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/accessibility/

[2] https://projects.ncsu.edu/design/cud/about_ud/about_ud.htm
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