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"From Where I Sit" Video Series

"From Where I Sit" is a powerful video series featuring eight CSU students with disabilities who share their experiences in the college classroom. They tell their stories by answering five questions:

  1. What is your disability?
  2. What made you decide to come to college?
  3. What is it like in the classroom?
  4. What do you have to do to keep up with the class?
  5. What suggestions can you offer to faculty that will make their classroom more accessible?

We are indebted to these students of the CSU for telling their stories and helping our culture change to one of more inclusion.  See below for more information about this project.  Each story is approximately 6 minutes in length and is Closed Captioned.

The Stories:

LanaPhoto of Lana

GregoirePhoto of Gregoire

LaDonnaPhoto of LaDonna

TiagoPhoto of Tiago

KelliePhoto of Kellie

Gloria A.Photo of Gloria A.

Gloria B.Photo of Gloria B.

YvettePhoto of Yvette


How To Use Videos

  • Small Group Setting
    The faculty advisory group for this project highly recommends that these stories be viewed in small groups where a guided discussion can be facilitated with explanations of how each disability impacts functioning, how to make material accessible, and where to obtain additional assistance and resources.
  • Individually
    While the videos may be viewed in any order, viewers are encouraged to watch both the student portion and corresponding faculty responses during the same viewing session and to limit their viewing to just a few stories per sitting. Doing so will allow sufficient time for reflection and for writing down questions for further exploratio--essential components of this learning activity.

    Four Suggested Senarios

Sample Lesson Plan



  • General to Specific

Each video represents one story and one person's experience. Even though two people may have the same category of disability, yet the impact and the experience of that disability may be very different, and consequently the needs will be different as well. This does not mean, however, that you won't see commonalities of needs and experience expressed by these students. Indeed, these students make many similar points, which suggest that some of the needs articulated may not be just specific to that student with that particular disability, but may be applicable to others with different disabilities and may even be appropriate to all students.

Universal Design

The common suggestions articulated by students in these videos point to instructional practices that may be helpful to all students. Universal design–mirroring the universal design movement in architecture and product development–is an approach to the design of products and services to be usable to the greatest number of people regardless of ability, age, or situation. Universal design in instruction addresses the need to create flexible goals, methods, materials, and assessments that accommodate learner differences. As we incorporate universally designed instructional practices, we help all students succeed while transparently providing the required accommodation for students with disabilities. For more information about universal design in learning, visit the CAST web site. For resources at the CSU, contact the EnACT program.

Extending this Project

There are many more stories which should be told and need to be told. We hope that this video series will inspire campuses to capture the stories of their own students and use the storytelling format to begin conversations that could potentially transform attitudes and behaviors.


Mary Cheng, Executive Producer

Jean Wells, Producer/Director/Editor

Kira Carillo-Corser, Art Direction

Transcribers: Daminna Standfield, Vidya Karthigeyan, Erin Leong

Production Assistance: Glenn Brewster, CSU East Bay

Voice Over: Jennifer Wicks

CSU East Bay Faculty & Staff Advisors, Roger Parker, Sonjia Redmond, Hank Reichman, Donna Wiley, Don Gailey, Alan Monat, Laurie Isenberg, Jennifer Eagan

CSU Monterey Bay Faculty: John Berteaux, Carolina Srna, George Station

Extras:  Kent Lee, Keith Sell, Lora Lowman, Anna Muaswes, and students of Project Impact, CSUEB Soccer Team, Melinda Manzo, Novella Butler, Troy Lee, Janet Brockman, Kamau McTiller Ortiz, Phil Cotty, Andrew Aranda

Sincere Appreciation to

CSU East Bay Student Disability Resource Center

Media and Technology Services

CSU Monterey Bay, Center for Academic Technology

Our Gratitude to the Storytellers

Lana Lee

Tiago Jamal Robinson

Gloria Brown

Gregoire Youbara

Kellie White-Conde

Yvette Malamud Ozer

LaDonna McTiller

Gloria Lau