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Systems Change in Higher Ed Digital Accessibility

Date & Time
Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 1:20 PM PST  
Location
Platinum 7-8  
Description
A range of complex societal and institutional factors contribute to persistent disparities in higher ed outcomes for students with and without disabilities. Based on the volume of related civil rights complaints brought forth by disabled students and disability advocates over the past decade, inaccessible course content and instructional technologies are undeniably among them. Clearly, institutions need to improve accessibility if they are to retain and effectively serve the increasing numbers of students with disabilities coming to their campuses and online programs. Vetted by experts in higher ed technology accessibility, the National AEM Center’s Quality Indicators assist institutions with planning, implementing, and evaluating systems for providing timely and high-quality accessible materials and technologies. In this session, participants will be led through activities that demonstrate how the Quality Indicators can be implemented within their institutions. Strategies will be introduced for developing cross-functional leadership; identifying roles and responsibilities of administrators, faculty, and staff; improving policies and guidelines; providing training and technical assistance; collecting and using data for continuous improvement; and allocating resources. Freely available AEM Center resources, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, will be used throughout the session.  
Audience
  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Government
  • Legal
Audience Level
Advanced  
Session Summary (Abstract)
The National AEM Center offers Quality Indicators and related resources for higher ed institutions to develop roadmaps for implementing and sustaining timely and high-quality digital accessibility for all students.  
Primary Topic
Leadership & Strategy  
Secondary Topics
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Education
  • Law, Compliance, and Policy
 
Session Type
General Track  

Presenters

  • Cynthia Curry
    CAST
  • Carolyn Phillips
    Georgia Tech Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation
  • Luis Perez
    CAST

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