Creating a Campus-wide Digital Accessibility Initiative

Scheduled at 9:15am in Plaza D on Wednesday, November 17.

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Speaker(s)

  • Kate Percival, Digital Accessibility Aalyst, 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

Institutional/Campus Change, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Kate Percival

As Digital Accessibility Analyst, Kate is one of the primary resources to assist campus staff and faculty members with web and digital accessibility issues. She co-chairs the Workroup on Accessibility Practices, a team of campus accessibility experts working together to anticipate, troubleshoot, support, and resolve the practical needs of our campus community. In this role, Kate helps educate and train faculty and staff on how to create more accessible digital materials. Working closely with Extended Learning and the Office of Accessibility Resources, Kate also leads the efforts of evaluating online course accessibility. This includes creating the process and workflow of assessing online courses and delivering accessible materials.