Accessibility Across the Institution: Who Needs to be Involved?


Presented at 3:30pm in WB IV on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.



  • Rob Carr, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Expert
  • Type of session: General Conference


Accessibility in technology is a shared responsibility across a campus. But who shares the work? This session will focus on roles within higher ed institutions, how accessibility might fit into those roles and how to bring those roles into the conversation about accessibility.


Technology accessibility is a shared responsibility in any organization. But discovering who shares the work can be daunting on campuses of any size. Over the course of the last five years, Oklahoma ABLE Tech has coordinates an ambitious project that focused on accessibility in higher education. Working with more than 20 institutions across Oklahoma, ABLE Tech has been able to match many of the responsibilities up with existing roles. This session will put a focus on the digital content that institutions create, acquire or use and trace that back through to the people and entities that bring it to life on campus. We will discuss how roles both on and off campus can contribute to an institution’s overall accessibility efforts. We will see how some unexpected players are part of the conversation. And we will discuss some ways to bring more people to the table when we talk about and train on accessible technology.


  1. Trace digital products back to people that create them
  2. Identify how various roles inside and outside of the institution play into accessibility
  3. Identify some techniques and messages that help to bring this group together

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Administrative/Campus Policy, Legal, Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Rob Carr

Rob Carr, CPACC, is the Web Accessibility Manager at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Rob provides expert guidance to the UAB University Relations team with respect to accessibility in design and development. He also collaborates with groups across campus, working toward a comprehensive and sustainable digital accessibility program. Before working at UAB, Rob led Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s technology accessibility program. There he worked with state agencies and higher education institutions across Oklahoma. Rob has also spoken about and trained on technology accessibility at events and conferences throughout the U.S., and even once in Canada. Rob still calls Oklahoma home with his wife, 2 boys, dog, and cat.