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Benchmarking and Planning your Institution’s Web Accessibility Efforts

| Proposal No: 1222

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  • Jonathan Whiting, Director of Training & Evaluation, WebAIM

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Length of Session (in hours): 2-hrFormat: Lab Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

Implementing web accessibility at an institution must be a system-wide effort, but sometimes it is difficult to know where to begin. During this hands-on session, participants will have a chance to evaluate their institution’s accessibility efforts and begin creating a plan for improvement.


Successful implementation of web accessibility is not a one person effort--it requires reflection and planning across the institution. The GOALS project (funded by the U.S. Department of Education) has created a Benchmarking & Planning Tool that can help your institution identify strengths and deficiencies in four key areas: shared vision, policy and implementation, support for personnel, and ongoing evaluation. During this hands-on lab, participants will begin this benchmarking and planning process together. We will discuss common pain points, explore resources to help in this transition, and begin to create a customized implementation plan. If at the end of the session you feel that your institution would benefit from further self-study and planning, participants can choose to keep the trial account and continue this self-study process locally.


  1. Discuss four keys to successful implementation of web accessibility.
  2. Begin a self-study of your institution’s accessibility climate.
  3. Learn the key components of a web accessibility policy and implementation plan.

Speaker Bio(s)

Jonathan Whiting

o: Jonathan Whiting is the Director of Training at WebAIM, based at Utah State University. His main passion is helping others learn to make the web more accessible to people with disabilities. Jonathan is also currently involved in the GOALS Project, a program to assist institutions of Higher Education in improving their accessibility system-wide. With a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology and over fifteen years of experience in the field of web accessibility, Jonathan has published dozens of articles, tutorials, and other instructional resources. He has traveled extensively to train thousands of web developers and other professionals who develop or maintain web content.