Scheduled at 8:00am in Meadowbrook I/II on Thursday November, 16.#10413
- Pramila Patel, ICT Accessibility Program Manager, Univeristy of Colorado Boulder
- Lucy Greco, Web Accessibility Evangelist, University of California Berkeley
- Terrill Thompson, Technology Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington
- Jiatyan Chen, Online Accessibility Program Manager, Stanford University
- Length of Session: 2-hr
- Format: Lecture
- Expertise Level: All Levels
- Type of session: General Conference
Join a panel discussion on the benefits and challenges of a collective negotiation approach to vendor product accessibility in higher ed. This session will discuss what institutions are already doing and explore collaboration opportunities when working with vendors. The audience is invited to share experiences and bring questions for discussion.
Every year, hundreds of universities expend countless hours and dollars testing vendor software for accessibility and individually appealing to vendors to address the remediation issues that are found, to varying degrees of success. However, many universities use the same LMS software, the same survey software, the same media repositories -- so why don't universities collaborate in this process? Join us for a discussion of the benefits of collective negotiation with vendors, the challenges that must be overcome to attempt it, and the next steps that can be taken to allow institutions to work together to ensure improvements in the accessibility of vendor products. The panel will include representatives from higher educational institutions who currently have established accessibility programs at their institutions as well as a representative from a well-known assistive technology consultant firm who will provide some insight from their perspective on this topic.
The panel will be moderated by Laura Hamrick from the University of Colorado Boulder.
- Benefits of collective negotiation (efficiency, more pressure on suppliers)
- Discuss challenges of collective negotiation (NDAs, consensus on issues, coordination, institutional support)
- Process for developing resources for sharing amongst institutions
Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision
Administrative/Campus Policy, Information Resources, Uncategorized
Pramila Patel is the ICT Accessibility Program Manager for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at the University of Colorado Boulder. In her role, Pramila ensures that students, faculty, and staff who use assistive technologies have access to the necessary digital assets needed to meet their educational and employment needs at CU Boulder. She works with IT service and process owners to ensure that concepts of usability and accessibility are integrated into future IT service offerings. In addition, she leads the remediation efforts of existing IT services. Pramila also assists in developing policies, processes, procedures, guidelines, and educational and outreach collateral as part of the CU Boulder Digital Accessibility program. Pramila has been at CU Boulder for 6 years. Before her role in OIT, she was the Program Manager for Disability Services.
Lucy Greco is the Web Accessibility Evangelist for UC Berkeley. Blind since birth, she first started using computers in 1985. Upon graduating from college, instead of continuing with her interest in literature and physical therapy, Lucy became an Accessible Technology Specialist. Since then, people have come to Lucy asking questions, such as: How can I experience email as a blind person? How can I experience using a word processor as a person with no hands? Today Lucy is teaching developers and educators to make their products more accessible so these questions don't have to be asked.
Terrill Thompson is technology accessibility specialist at the University of Washington, where his work is supported in part by AccessComputing, a project funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the participation of people with disabilities.
Jiatyan Chen is the Stanford Online Accessibility Program (SOAP) Manager, providing directions and resources to improve the accessibility and usability of Stanford's websites and courses. She has experience in web, course, and interactive media design and production. Her interests are usability, problem solving, learning and leadership, and she has a background in computer science and digital media arts.