Accessibility in Higher Education 

Lightbulb radiating hues of skin tonesThe goal of the IDEA Committee's four-part series is to prepare our ETC community of learners and service providers to competently discuss issues about accessibility and be able to plan for and implement accessible practices in their roles within higher education. Join us as we share, discover, and reveal pathways of improving outcomes for a diverse population of stakeholders. Accessibility issues touch everyone and designing for accessibility benefits everyone - for our ETC membership and beyond. It is our hope that attendees will see the value of prioritizing accessibility not only because it's required, but because doing so opens the doors for more people to feel included and participate fully in the activities that happen at our institutions. Each session in the series will be one hour long. 

Introduction to Accessibility Topics (November 2, 2023 at 1pm ET)

Accessibility is a main focus for IDEA Committee members this year and this hour-long introduction is an overview of the many topics that affect our Higher Education AV/IT Community for the various ways a person may need access - be it a cognitive, motor, visual, auditory or speech impairment. This session is also the official kick-off to our full series of virtual workshops where we will do a deeper dive into accessibility in physical spaces (January 25, 2024), the digital realm (April 4, 2024), and exploring needs and solutions from stakeholders (both institutional and corporate) (May 16, 2024).

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Digital Accessibility (April 4, 2024 at 1pm ET)

We often envision digital accessibility through the lens of our personal devices going online. In addition to web presence, in this session we’ll discuss access challenges for livestreamed and archival content, and digital signage. We will also explore tools and resources to implement in order to make navigating these types of materials engaging and interactive for any user.

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Accessibility in Physical Spaces (Rescheduled for May 2, 2024 at 3 pm ET)

Classrooms, event spaces, and study areas all have pitfalls for people with accessibility needs. In this session, we’ll discuss a variety of ways that physical spaces can be challenging and potential solutions.

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Stakeholders and Accessibility (Rescheduled for June 20, 2024 at 3 pm ET)

Money is at the core of many decisions in the upper echelons of higher education. We’ll discuss other reasons and ways to prioritize accessibility as well as opportunities to start conversations with university leadership by exploring how all stakeholders benefit from accessible practices.

 


 

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