[Athen] 3-Day Class: Growing an IT Accessibility Program on your Campus

Hunziker, Dawn A - (hunziker) hunziker at email.arizona.edu
Sun Mar 25 12:16:28 PDT 2018

Hello everyone,

The early bird registration has been extended for the "Growing an IT Accessibility Program on your Campus" 3-day class which is part of the AHEAD Master Class program. This workshop is open for everyone and takes place in Atlanta, GA May 17-19, 2018.

More information, along with registration information can be found at https://www.ahead.org/events-programming/conferences/next-chapter#MC3 (description is included below as well).

Please feel free to contact Rob, Rachel or I with any questions!



MC#3: Growing an IT Accessibility Program on your Campus
Rob Eveleigh, Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges
Rachel Thompson, University of Alabama
Dawn Hunziker, University of Arizona

Higher education institutions are under increased scrutiny as to their institutional approach for ensuring accessibility in Web and information technology. While the Department of Justice and the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights have issued guidance regarding institutional obligations for ensuring access for students with disabilities, colleges and universities still struggle with how to address such obligations within the context of policy, procedure, and implementation. A benefit of recent compliance reviews, resolution agreements, and consent decrees is that they serve as a blueprint for developing and refining policy and practice. Building an accessible electronic and information technology (EIT) environment requires engagement by a wide variety of institutional stakeholders, including those within IT departments, disability services, faculty, libraries, procurement, and other campus units.

This dynamic, interactive workshop is presented by members of the Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN) and includes foundational legal information offered by guest presenter Paul Grossman, an analysis of federal agreements, and presentation and discussion of best practice approaches. In addition to on-site presenters, the session will include live, remote national experts sharing perspectives and best practices on specific topics. Together, this information will prepare IT staff, disability service providers, managers, and other campus stakeholders to work through institutional challenges to create a strategic, and comprehensive approach for creating an accessible EIT environment. Session leaders will provide models for decision-making and communication, guidance on policy and procedure development, and strategies for growing campus-wide involvement.

The face-to-face workshop includes:

* Review of relevant disability laws, federal resolution agreements and consent decrees and their application to institutional access to EIT
* Policies and procedures that support institutional obligations, including the building of an EIT Accessibility Program to best address individual campus goals and strategies
* Review of current EIT accessibility standards and the scope of such standards to EIT products and services
* Self-evaluation protocols to help determine and prioritize individual campus goals and strategies.
* Strategies for building campus accessibility teams to create and implement an EIT Accessibility Roadmap.
* Communication Plans to promote and support a campus-wide EIT Accessibility Program
* Goals and strategies for ensuring accessible documents, communications and media
* Implementation of campus-wide solutions for web accessibility assessment and training
* Procurement and Development of Accessible EIT Products & Services
* Procurement policy and procedures for including accessibility as part of information technology acquisition and development
* Accessibility testing methodologies for review of electronic content and information technology systems
* Strategies for engaging with vendors to address EIT product accessibility
* Equally Effective Alternative Access Plans (EEAAPs)

Dawn Hunziker
IT Accessibility Consultant

Disability Resource Center
University of Arizona
hunziker at email.arizona.edu<mailto:hunziker at email.arizona.edu>

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