Navigating the Path to Accessibility – University of Virginia

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 4:00pm in Cotton Creek II on Thursday November, 16.



  • Beth Crutchfield, Vice President, Policy and Program Services, Level Access
  • Lori Kressin, Coordinator of Academic Accessibility,

Session Details

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


This presentation outlines how to navigate the planning and implementation of a web accessibility initiative at a large, public institution where a diverse and decentralized web landscape offers challenges for implementing accessibility evaluation, reporting, and training approaches.


The University of Virginia (UVA) partnered with SSB BART Group (SSB) in 2016 to assess the accessibility of its web systems and provide the tools, training and guidance to achieve and maintain compliance with WCAG 2.0 Level AA and Section 508 requirements. To support UVA’s goal of self-sufficiency in managing and maintaining accessibility internally over the longer term, SSB is developing a comprehensive three-year strategy that will define UVA’s organization and governance structure.

UVA will share how they came to choose SSB’s innovative approach to implementing a digital accessibility program, and SSB will share details of two products that assist higher education institutions in gathering the data necessary to develop a strategy for retrofitting their websites and applications for accessibility: Access Discovery and Access Blueprint.


  1. Understand the needs of diverse web teams regarding accessibility evaluation and reporting.
  2. Recognize when various types of testing, examples, and best practices can be most useful.
  3. Determine how differences in reporting responsibilities, structures & requirements can affect accessibility

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Assistive Technology, Including Accessibility in Curriculum, 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.

Lori Kressin

Lori Kressin is the Coordinator of Academic Accessibility, reporting under the Executive Vice President and Provost Office. Her role is to ensure the accessibility of the academic experience at UVA. Prior to assuming this position in 2014, she held a variety roles within the main UVA IT organization, the Department of Athletics, and Intramural-Recreational Sports. Kressin has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and a Master’s of Science in Education from James Madison University.