Digital Accessibility Trends in Education


Scheduled at 9:15am in WB IV on Wednesday, November 15 (2017).



  • Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, Level Access

Session Details

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


This session will cover key developments in digital accessibility laws, technology updates, and projections for future trends and timelines.


Are you aware of the legal risks associated with Digital Accessibility at your institution?  Are you aware of the lawsuits in the higher education space related to access to course materials for students?  Are you concerned that your institution might be exposed to legal risk and unaware of the consequences?

In our Digital Accessibility Trends session SSB will focus on key digital accessibility trends and developments in the education sector.  We will share the current state in the education sector regarding lawsuits, legal actions, OCR claims and provide insight into future projections for the market.  Additionally, we will provide a view into the latest technologies as well as a detailed look at the laws and regulations that impact educational institutions. 


  1. Overview of the accessibility environment, including a view into recent lawsuits impacting education
  2. Big picture trends and numbers 
  3. Overview of the various laws and regulations that need to be considered as an institution of higher learning

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Information Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Jonathan Avila

With 20 years of experience in digital accessibility and his own personal experience as a person with a visual impairment, Jonathan brings unparalleled industry knowledge and a unique perspective to access solutions for technology with an extensive knowledge of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2), Section 508, and other accessibility standards and guidelines for the web, software, mobile technology, and hardware. He actively works with major industry development platform and assistive technology vendors, regulatory agencies and public-sector organizations to consistently update understanding of the proper level of accessibility for clients. Sought out as a thought leader in the industry, Jonathan has developed training for Federal agencies, presents webinars throughout the year on a variety of digital accessibility topics, speaks at conferences and other industry events, and is a regular contributor to the Level Access blog.


Digital Accessibility Trends for Education