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Sheryl E. Burgstahler
GEN ST 197
Seattle Campus

Freshman Seminar

Small-group discussion with faculty representing a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. Topics and approaches vary. Instructor may introduce research techniques or findings, concentrate on readings in his/her area of interest, or illustrate problems and alternatives related to the study of a particular academic discipline. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Are you interested in issues related to disability? This seminar explores types of disabilities, the history of treatment of people with disabilities, approaches to access to education, disability-related leadership and career opportunities, campus services, and the intersection of disability and academic and career fields (e.g., architecture, political science, engineering, computing).

Student learning goals

Students will become aware of the history of the treatment of people with disabilities and approaches to access—definitions and specific applications of accommodations and universal design.

Students will be able to describe various types of assistive technology for individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Students will be able to describe a process for the development of assistive technology.

Students will be able to list strategies for making programs, instruction and services welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Students will be able to describe services and support for students with disabilities at the UW as well as academic programs that focus on or incorporate disability issues/perspectives.

Students will be able to compare and contrast issues with respect to disability to those related to gender, race, ethnicity, and other minority status.

General method of instruction

Presentations Panels Group discussions Engaging activities Viewing videos, reading publications

Recommended preparation

UW student status

Class assignments and grading

Students in this class will: • Read assigned publications and view assigned videos. • Engage in class discussions and activities. • Complete and submit two written assignments.

Each student must accumulate 80 points to receive a passing grade for this course. Points can be earned as follows: • 50 points total for participation (5 points for attending and engaging in each of 10 class meetings). • 25 points for an accessibility review of a facility/program. • 25 points for a paper on how knowledge gaining in the seminar will be applied.

To receive credit for the seminar, a student must earn 80 points.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Sheryl E. Burgstahler
Date: 09/19/2012