Teach Access: Bringing accessible design and development learning to higher ed

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 2:15pm in Cotton Creek II on Wednesday November, 16.



  • Larry Goldberg, Director, Accessible Media, Yahoo
  • David Chesney, Lecturer IV, University of Michigan
  • TBD , ,

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Not provided
  • Type of session: General Conference


One of the greatest challenges to making accessible technology more ubiquitous is a lack of awareness and understanding of basic accessibility issues, concepts and best practices. To address this urgent need, a unique collaboration of academia, industry and advocates for people with disabilities has been launched:Teach Access (www.teachaccess.org)


Today, knowledge of accessible development is limited to a handful of domain experts. To reach the goal of making technology accessible to everyone, we must broaden expertise across industry. Accessibility must become mainstream, via exposure of all technology students in college to accessibility principles.

Students in fields such as design, computer sciences and human computer interaction must be better prepared to enter the workforce and create future technologies that are truly inclusive. Only then will technology reach its true potential for connecting and enabling everyone in the world. Teach Access has begun building this foundation of knowledge in higher education, incorporating enhanced training and collaborations with people with disabilities. The project's priorities includes a focus on Core Education, Academic Leadership, Learning Tools, and Industry Initiatives.


  1. Industry's critical accessibility skills workforce gap
  2. Higher ed's efforts to teach accessibility as separate courses and within core tech courses.
  3. How the disability community can contribute to the effort.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision

Topic Areas

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

Speaker Bio(s)

Larry Goldberg

Larry is Director of Accessible Media at Yahoo. He is responsible for assuring that Yahoo's media offerings are as accessible as possible to people with disabilities, starting with closed captioning of thousands of videos hosted on its mobile apps and web sites. Yahoo produces dozens of original programs - all of which are captioned - and provides captions for thousands of partner videos, including content from the New York Times, CNBC, movie trailers, AP, Reuters and more. Larry joined Yahoo in June of 2014, having previously founded WGBH's National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM). NCAM focused on R&D, public policy initiatives and strategic partnerships for global impact on inclusive media and technology. Larry was directly involved in such ground-breaking legislation as the TV Decoder Circuitry Act, The Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. He led efforts to create the standards for compliance with legislated mandates.

David Chesney

Shea Tanis is Associate Director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities which resides under the University of Colorado President’s office. She is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the Anschutz Medical Campus with grant funding supporting the development of cognitively accessible online curriculum for students with significant cognitive disabilities. A portion of Shea's work at the Coleman Institute has been to work collaboratively with faculty in the departments of computer science, bioengineering, physics and education across the four campuses of the University of Colorado System to advance pedagogy and awareness of accessibility particular to cognitive accessibility.