Scheduled at 9:15am in WB III on Thursday November, 16.#9161
- Dean Brusnighan, Assistive Technology Specialist, Purdue University
- Length of Session: 1-hr
- Format: Lecture
- Expertise Level: Beginner
- Type of session: General Conference
This session will review Purdue University’s journey from a policy covering only web accessibility to one encompassing electronic and information technology (EIT) accessibility. We’ll discuss our implementation plan and ongoing support strategy. We’ll share what worked well, and lessons learned along the way.
Purdue University had an existing web accessibility policy. During summer 2017, it was replaced with a standard that addresses electronic and information technology (EIT) accessibility. (A standard is like a policy but in theory easier to modify later.) Our EIT accessibility standard encompasses web, instructional materials, procurement, and several other categories.
Knowing that other universities might be considering EIT accessibility policies, we want to share our experiences regarding implementation. We will discuss how the implementation plan and ongoing support strategy was created, then put into action. We’ll share what worked well during implementation, and what was less successful. We will identify lessons learned as well as things we would do differently if we could.
Following our conversation about implementation, we will discuss the challenges of ensuring compliance with this new standard.
- Key ingredients of creating an implementation plan and ongoing support strategy
- Pain points we experienced and what we would do differently if we could
- Challenges of ensuring compliance
Administrative/Campus Policy, Uncategorized
Dean Brusnighan is an Assistive Technology Specialist on Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. His primary focus is on long-term and campus-wide IT accessibility needs. He consults with faculty and staff, and provides training on creating inclusive instructional materials. Dean advocates for improved accessibility policy and practice. He is also an active member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance IT Accessibility Group.