Digital Accessibility Trends in Education

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 9:15am in WB IV on Wednesday November, 15.



  • Beth Crutchfield, Vice President, Policy and Program Services, Level Access

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


This session will cover key developments in digital accessibility laws, technology updates, and projections for future trends and timelines.


Are you aware of the legal risks associated with Digital Accessibility at your institution?  Are you aware of the lawsuits in the higher education space related to access to course materials for students?  Are you concerned that your institution might be exposed to legal risk and unaware of the consequences?

In our Digital Accessibility Trends session SSB will focus on key digital accessibility trends and developments in the education sector.  We will share the current state in the education sector regarding lawsuits, legal actions, OCR claims and provide insight into future projections for the market.  Additionally, we will provide a view into the latest technologies as well as a detailed look at the laws and regulations that impact educational institutions. 


  1. Overview of the accessibility environment, including a view into recent lawsuits impacting education
  2. Big picture trends and numbers 
  3. Overview of the various laws and regulations that need to be considered as an institution of higher learning

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Information Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Beth Crutchfield

As Vice President of Policy and Program Services, Beth Crutchfield brings nearly 20 years of program management and policy implementation experience to the Policy, Program and Training teams at Level Access. Beth has extensive experience working on managing and driving resolution for clients on the terms of Consent Decrees and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) complaints. Her deep regulatory knowledge extends beyond the Digital Accessibility space as she holds many certifications. Beth has extensive experience with testing, remediation, risk profile analysis, structuring remediation programs and building long term Digital Accessibility strategies. While she has significant experience in the financial services industry, she currently leads much of Level Access’ work in the education vertical. Outside of work, Beth remains active in the disability advocacy community in her hometown of Richmond, VA.