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Spring Break Series
March 8th-11th, 1:00-2:00pm

“UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.” 

You have almost certainly seen this tagline – it’s at the bottom of every university website and publication.
But what does it mean?
How does nondiscrimination actually work?

This series will dive into those questions and how they relate to one specific protected group of individuals – people with disabilities. Spend an hour each day this week learning about the processes, offices, and resources our university has to ensure the rights to education and employment mandated by law.

This event series is for faculty and staff who work with students who have disability accommodations, as well as for anyone who is curious about how accessibility works at UAF.


Clara Noomah, Instructional Designer at UAF eCampus
Amber Cagwin, Director of UAF Disability Services
Marissa Jesser, Student Accommodations Manager at UAF Disability Services
Audrey Coble, Inclusivity Specialist at UA Human Resources
Bailey Brack, Inclusivity Specialist at UA Human Resources
Sarah Walker, senior majoring in Business Management at UAA

Monday, Mar. 8, 1:00-2:00pm – What You Need to Know About Accessibility Law

An overview of the laws relating to accessibility and higher education, presented in a way that is accessible to people who aren’t lawyers. We swear, this is more interesting than it seems!

Speakers: Clara Noomah and Amber Cagwin

Tuesday Mar. 9th – Getting Accommodations as a Student

Go step by step through the process of student academic accommodations with the director of UAF Disability Services and learn about some common misconceptions. Then, join a Q&A with Sarah Walker, a senior in Business Management at UAA who has a visual impairment. Not only does she have personal experience with the student accommodations process, she has also worked for UAA’s Disability Services and participated in student advocacy efforts around accessibility.

Speakers: Amber Cagwin and Sarah Walker

Wednesday Mar. 10th 1:00-2:00pm – Assistive Technology and Universal Design

Explore the tools and strategies that are commonly used at UAF to provide a level academic playing field for students with disabilities. Many of these adaptations are actually popular with a wide range of people who find them helpful.​

Speakers: Marissa Jesser and Clara Noomah

Thursday Mar. 11th 1:00-2:00pm – Getting Accommodations as an Employee

The university’s nondiscrimination policies aren’t just about students! Learn about the employee accommodations process, including how to request accommodation, what to expect in the interactive process, and more!

Speakers: Audrey Coble and Bailey Brack

Learn More about Accessibility at UAF