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Implementing Accessibility Strategically at Your Organization

| Proposal No: 1895

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  • Lydia Harkey, , Texas A&M Commerce

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

Summary of Session

While laws, regulations and standards for making IT accessible have been in effect for over a decade, adoption in both public and private sectors has been painfully slow. Developing and implementing a workable organizational Web accessibility policy is an important stage in the goal of optimal Web accessibility. This session provides an understanding for implementing the policy and can help ensure all stakeholders have a mutual understanding of an organization’s web accessibility requirements, and how they will be achieved.


This presentation will deal with IT Accessibility at a strategic level and will cover a number of topics key to a successful accessibility program:

  • Accessibility policy development process
  • Accessibility organizational structure
  • Program costs and funding models
  • Collaborative teams
  • Technical considerations
  • Setting priorities
  • Implementation frameworks and operating plans


    1. Understanding of the key elements needed to organize, plan and implement an accessibility program
    2. Understanding of the use of the accessibility Framework as a program management tool to guide an Accessibility
    3. Knowledge of how to improve Accessibility in Procurement

    Speaker Bio(s)

    Lydia Harkey

    Lydia Harkey currently serves as Texas A&M University-Commerce Electronic Information Resources (EIR) Accessibility Officer and Center of IT Excellence Manager. One of her primary role is to help drive the accessibility standards into Texas A&M University-Commerce policy and provide guidance to meet current and upcoming accessibility standards. She enjoys working with users of all levels of experience to strengthen their skills and understanding of accessibility.


    EIR Accessibility Framework Template v1.1