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PS9.2: Common Sense about United Statesble, Accessible, and Inclusive Seating

A new Accessibility Studies Program is focused on proactively designing civic space and communication to prevent barriers to participation. In addition to the technicalities of location and design, we address perceptions of inclusion and acceptance, that is, the ways in which seating position can influence isolation and discrimination or, conversely, opportunities for full engagement. Thus the signage and explanations related to finding specialized seating is part of the discussion.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;



Naomi J Petersen, EdD
Central Washington University
Ellensburg, Washington
United States

Dr. Naomi Jeffery Petersen (NJP¯) teaches and researches topics related to assessment and instruction as well as professional development and dispositions. In addition to pedagogical innovation and analyses of teacher education, her academic agenda is infused with the intersection of environment, culture, and technology, including such diverse applications as watersheds, railroads and military history, visual literacy, and informal learning environments. She cultivated the partnerships resulting in the launch of CWU's interdisciplinary Accessibility Studies Program.



    1. Dolmage, J. (2014). Disability Rhetoric (Critical Perspectives on Disability). Syracuse, NY: Syracuse UP.
    2. Dean, L. (2016). How the economic crisis has hit accessibility. Access By Design. (144), 6-8.
    3. Steinfeld, E., & Maisel, J. (2012). Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments. Chichester: Wiley.

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