Three American academics who study education and learning set out to examine college courses from an inclusion standpoint, and came up with a tool by which instructors can measure inclusion in their own courses. The team of professors started their research by asking their sample of college faculty to examine their course outlines, the subtexts of their courses, and to ask themselves thought-provoking questions about their teaching style and unconscious biases. Their questions included “What are the implicit rules and messages of your course and are they stated on the syllabus? What are the hidden/implicit/unconscious biases and stereotypes?” “Have you, the instructor, made your philosophy of teaching and learning explicit, or is it hidden?”
Jan Erickson, an American woman from Colorado, discovered that creating fashionable and practical items could become a fulfilling business opportunity. Her journey into the world of universal design and fashion began when she made a jacket for a member of her faith community who had experienced several strokes and was in the hospital. Not only was it comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, but it could readily be donned and doffed.
Designing websites with accessibility in mind not only benefits users with disabilities but also makes for better websites for everyone. InclusionNL, a website that promotes inclusive workplaces, features several online resources. One of the resources it provides is a guideline on how to make websites accessible for all users.