Making Higher Education Accessible

Tuesday, February 02 | 4:00PM–4:45PM | Sequin, Fourth Floor
Session Type: Professional Development
Accessibility in Higher Ed: Two Institutional Approaches
Growing enrollment of students with disabilities and increased online delivery of course material have necessitated discussions about ADA compliance regarding accessibility of digital resources in higher education. This presentation describes how Brown University prioritized one aspect of accessibility and implemented a unique strategy based on campus needs and available resources.

OUTCOMES: Begin planning accessibility interventions on your campus * Understand and be able to discuss accessibility best practices

WCAG 2.0 AA: What? Building College Accessibility Plans from Ground Zero
How does an institution create a long-term online content accessibility plan when there is no precedent to follow and no lawsuit to motivate? How do you convince stakeholders within each college that accessibility is worthy of the time, effort, and cost? This session will highlight how three colleges within a research university collaborated to establish training procedures, planning documents, and reporting templates that created the accessibility plan model for the entire campus.

OUTCOMES: Understand what online resources must be made accessible * Draft your own accessibility plan * Learn how to engage partners on your campus to leverage resources for remediation


  • Gillian Bell

    Senior Project Manager, Brown University
  • Terri Gustafson

    Director of Academic Affairs and Academic Techology, Northwestern Michigan College
  • Scott Schopieray

    Assistant Dean for Academic and Research Technology, Michigan State University
  • Catherine Zabriskie

    Senior Director Digital Learning & Design, Brown University

Resources & Downloads