Revamp Your Accessibility Training


Presented at 9:00am in Gov Square 16 on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.



  • Christa Miller, Associate Director of Services for Students with Disabilities, Virginia Tech

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Interactive/Discussion
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Are you tired of giving the same old accessibility presentation time and again? Does the effort not match the gain? Join this 1-day workshop on applying universal design for learning to create powerful, memorable training.


Resistance is a natural and recurring reaction to professional development (PD). Accessibility related PD often faces greater resistance since many institutions treat accessibility as an "extra" thing to do.

This workshop will challenge participants to use the best practices of accessibility and Universal Design for Learning to break the cycle of boring and un-engaging PD. Emphasis on which practices work well with virtual participants (fully online or hybrid) will be provided. We will explore common mistakes, preparation techniques and delivery practices including: increasing audience engagement, developing powerful slides and visuals, checking your work for accessibility, and practicing before presenting.

We will discuss throughout the critical need to challenge assumptions, ask leading questions, and take advantage of teachable moments. We recommend participants have a copy of existing training material to be redesigned or a rough outline for a new training to develop.


  1. UDL is a powerful way to design/redesign accessibility professional development.
  2. (Re)Designing accessibility training using UDL demonstrates best practice and improves credibility.
  3. Variations in online, hybrid, and in-person training can be addressed by leveraging UDL.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Faculty Development & Support, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Christa Miller

Christa Miller started at Virginia Tech in 2006. After many years of accessible educational material development and alternative format production, she transitioned to a training-focused role. Her experience includes reading/writing Braille, developing captioning workflows, and working individually with instructors to create accessible content. Today she conducts one-time and semester-long training on accessibility and supervises the creation of accessible media. She also runs accessibility software pilots, collaborates on accessibility initiatives in other departments, and leads bi-annual cohorts of individuals preparing to become certified in accessibility core competencies. She is currently the Associate Director of Services for Students with Disabilities