Scheduled at 3:30pm in WB IV on Wednesday November, 16.#4473
- Rob Carr, Oklahoma State University
- Length of Session: 1-hr
- Format: Lecture
- Expertise Level: Intermediate
- Type of session: General Conference
Accessibility in technology is a shared responsibility across a campus. But who shares the work? This session will focus on roles within higher ed institutions, how accessibility might fit into those roles and how to bring those roles into the conversation about accessibility.
Technology accessibility is a shared responsibility in any organization. But discovering who shares the work can be daunting on campuses of any size. Over the course of the last five years, Oklahoma ABLE Tech has coordinates an ambitious project that focused on accessibility in higher education. Working with more than 20 institutions across Oklahoma, ABLE Tech has been able to match many of the responsibilities up with existing roles. This session will put a focus on the digital content that institutions create, acquire or use and trace that back through to the people and entities that bring it to life on campus. We will discuss how roles both on and off campus can contribute to an institution’s overall accessibility efforts. We will see how some unexpected players are part of the conversation. And we will discuss some ways to bring more people to the table when we talk about and train on accessible technology.
- Trace digital products back to people that create them
- Identify how various roles inside and outside of the institution play into accessibility
- Identify some techniques and messages that help to bring this group together
Administrative/Campus Policy, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Information Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Web/Media Access
Rob Carr is the Accessibility Coordinator for Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Oklahoma's Assistive Technology Act Program, housed at Oklahoma State University. Rob helps organizations to embrace inclusion through technology and to stop digital discrimination. He trains and guides state agencies, higher education institutions and the occasional private sector partner to make accessibility efforts into sustainable programs. From high-level topics like accessibility in procurement and building accessibility initiatives to the nuts and bolts of PDF and web accessibility, Rob makes accessibility something that organizations can fit into their existing operations. Rob also speaks at local and national conferences on various accessibility-related topics and spearheads ABLE Tech's web and technology accessibility efforts.