Accessibility Across the Institution: Who Needs to be Involved?

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 3:30pm in WB IV on Wednesday November, 16.

#4473

Speaker(s)

  • Rob Carr, Oklahoma State University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Expert
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

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.

Abstract

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.

Keypoints

  1. Trace digital products back to people that create them
  2. Identify how various roles inside and outside of the institution play into accessibility
  3. Identify some techniques and messages that help to bring this group together

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Information Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Rob Carr

Rob Carr is the Accessibility Coordinator for Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Oklahoma's Assistive Technology Act Program, housed at Oklahoma State University. Rob works with higher education institutions and state agencies in Oklahoma to promote inclusion through technology by making technology accessibility a part of the day to day operations of organizations. He provides training and consultation to all levels of institutions and agencies, speaking at local and national conferences on the topic and spearheads ABLE Tech's web and technology accessibility efforts.

Handout(s)