Creating a Campus-wide Digital Accessibility Initiative

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Presented at 9:15am in Plaza Ballroom D on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

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Speaker(s)

  • Kate Percival, Web/Digital Content Coordinator, State University of New York at Oswego

Session Details

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

Summary

Creating an accessible digital culture within a college campus requires collaboration and effort from multiple departments and constituencies. SUNY Oswego’s Digital Accessibility Analyst, Kate Percival, will discuss planting the seeds of institutional change, empowering others to do their part, developing a strong support network to keep the conversation going, and our revelation of how accessible the word “accessible” is.

Abstract

Creating an accessible digital culture within a college campus requires collaboration and effort from multiple departments and constituencies. At SUNY Oswego, we realized that pockets of proactivity were responding to various campus needs and that we needed to move towards a more coordinated model of accessibility. Those “pockets” were brought together to form groups and work towards creating an overall culture shift to better address accessibility needs on campus. We use the lessons learned on our roundabout journey to help others learn how to move forward more directly. Kate Percival, Oswego’s Digital Accessibility Analyst, will discuss planting the seeds of institutional change, empowering others to do their part, developing a strong support network to keep the conversation going, and our revelation of how accessible the word “accessible” is.

Keypoints

  1. Empower and engage others by changing the tone of the narrative that is being used
  2. Develop a supportive network of allies who will help keep accessibility at the forefront of the conversation
  3. Advocate for a broader understanding of the term “accessible,” as used in relation to equality and inclusion

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Kate Percival

As Web/Digital Content Coordinator, Kate is one of the primary leaders of SUNY Oswego’s web accessibility efforts. She helps maintain the college's primary website, ensuring information is up-to-date, accurate, and accessible. She also assists with training and supporting our campus website editors. In this effort, Kate provides general website support, creates and maintains content, and develops and refines information architectures. As a member of the Workgroup on Accessibility Practices, she works with other campus accessibility experts to anticipate, troubleshoot, support, and resolve the practical digital accessibility needs of our campus community. Kate is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and has presented for Accessing Higher Ground, the New York State Disability Services Council, SUNY Technology Conference, among others.

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