The Future is Accessible, Starting Now

Scheduled at 2:00pm in Westminster IV on Thursday, November 21.

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Speaker(s)

  • Kristi Elmore, Systems Analyst, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Robin Ertz, Professional Development IT Manager, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Chris Johnsen, Program Manager, Data Architect, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Rachel Tendall, Digital Designer/Assistant Brand Manager, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Ron Nelson, Document Accessibility Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • John Robnett, Document Accessibility Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Session Details

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

Summary

What is digital accessibility and what all does it entail? How do you begin making digital content accessible with few staff and fewer resources? How do you gain leadership buy-in and support??

Abstract

Digital Accessibility can seem like a monumental task to undertake. Where do you even begin?

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff asked that question nearly 2 years ago. This presentation will focus on the logistics of such a task in a large organization, the financial strategies, and the methods used to create buy-in and support from both leadership and staff. Lessons learned and impacts from a year of successful implementation will also be shared. Join us to learn steps that you can take home to start making incremental changes in your own organization.

Keypoints

  1. Logistics of implementing organization wide change
  2. Obtaining Leadership and staff buy-in
  3. Changing organizational culture

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Other, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Kristi Elmore

Kristi has been with ISU Extension and Outreach IT for 4 years as a Systems Analyst. She supports, maintains, develops and designs websites for all of Extension and Outreach and has helped create lasting change in the organization through digital accessibility.

Robin Ertz

Robin is the Professional Development IT Manager at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Robin is a strong believer in providing staff with opportunities to encourage growth and the resources they need to tackle new problems.

Chris Johnsen

Chris is the Program Manager and Data Architect for the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store. Chris is a strong believer in taking the research based information at Iowa State University and providing access to ALL Iowans.

Rachel Tendall

Rachel is a Digital Designer and the Assistant Brand Manager at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Rachel believes that accessible documents do not have to sacrifice visual appeal and strives to provide incredible products that are usable by the majority of potential users.

Ron Nelson

Ron is a Document Accessibility Specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Ron is committed to providing not only accessible content for users, but also an enjoyable user experience.

John Robnett

John is a Document Accessibility Specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. John is committed to providing not only accessible content for users, but also an enjoyable user experience. John enjoys training staff and providing them resources to create accessible documents.