Individuals with disabilities invited to serve as Lived Experience Accessibility Consultants
Individuals with disabilities are invited to serve as Lived Experience Accessibility Consultants for the STEER/R Accessible Teaching and Learning Roadmap project sponsored by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning
McMaster students and alumni with disabilities are invited to participate in a project aimed at enhancing accessible learning experiences at the university.
Participants will serve as Lived Experience Accessibility Consultants for the initiative, which is sponsored by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning.
The call for consultants marks a new phase of the Accessible Teaching and Learning Roadmap project, which was launched in April 2023. The five-year strategic plan behind the project aims to holistically improve access to post-secondary education and academic outcomes for students with disabilities at McMaster.
“This plan is not only about anticipating and addressing potential barriers, but also fostering a collective mindset of inclusivity so that every individual in our community can fully contribute and thrive,” says Kate Brown, Accessibility in Teaching and Learning Roadmap Project Lead.
The project uses “disability” as a broad umbrella term for diverse experiences of difference.
“We acknowledge the wide diversity of valuable disability experiences McMaster community members embody, says Brown. “Disability inclusivity not only fosters a more comprehensive approach to accessibility, but centres the valuable perspectives and feedback students and alumni with disabilities contribute to improving our academic and administrative environments as we strive to ensure a truly accessible and equitable environments for all.”
Interested students and alumni are asked to complete a brief Expression of Interest Survey
Through a partnership with the Career Access Professional Services (CAPS) Program in the Student Success Centre (SSC), honoraria will be provided to part-time and full-time student participants at the undergraduate or graduate level. Alumni up to five years post-degree completion who participate in the program are also eligible.
Members will choose and engage in projects of interest and attend regular cohort meetings. Learn more here.
Interested in participating? Complete the brief Expression of Interest Survey here. Applications are open until December 10.
If you have any questions or require assistance in filling the survey, please contact Paige from the Accessibility in Teaching and Learning Project Team at a11yTL@mcmaster.ca.