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A journey to accessibility - how Temple University is implementing an Accessible Information and Technology initiative university wide

| Proposal No: 917

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  • paul paire, Executive Director of Special Projects, Temple University

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

During this session learn how Temple University is implementing an Accessible Information and Technology initiative comprised of a university wide policy, standards and guidelines for instructional materials, computer labs, smart classrooms, procurement, and web accessibility.


Temple University will share strategies used and lessons learned in implementing an Accessible Information and Technology initiative. We will review our university wide policy, the organization of our teams, how we launched the initiative, and the development and deployment of accessibility standards and guidelines for the university (including instructional materials, smart classrooms, and computer labs). This will be both a high level talk from an Associate Vice President’s perspective as well as an “in the trenches” perspective from the project manager.


  1. Implementing a university wide policy
  2. Development of accessibility stanards
  3. Communication strategies

Speaker Bio(s)

paul paire

Paul Paire has served as Executive Director of Special Projects in Computer Services at Temple University since 2007. As an Executive Director, Paul has been responsible for implementing technology solutions through solo efforts, traditional project management, and crowdsourcing. Paul brings the end users’ perspective to projects he works on as a result of his 20 years of experience in desktop support and client services before becoming Executive Director of Special Projects. Paul holds a B.S. degree in Computer Sciences from Millersville University and a M.B.A. in Information Systems from Temple University. He has been a speaker at WordCamp Philly, and most recently gave a talk on “Presenting Accessibly” at the Northeast E-Learning Consortium.