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Building an Accessibility Plan and Testing to Ensure its Working

Proposal No: 2626

Bios & Handouts


  • Kara Zirkle, Accessible Technology Coordinator, Miami University
  • Stephanie Robbins, Program Support Specialist, George Mason University

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Length of Session (in hours): 5-6 hrFormat: Lab Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: Pre-Conference

Summary of Session

The morning presentation will cover all areas of accessibility based upon functions. Beginning with Policy, procurement, Services (AT Assessments, Captioning, Accessible Text) and closing with web accessibility and testing. The afternoon will be covering in-depth "how to" test for web accessibility using free - to low cost apps.


Schools are trying to find ways to build accessibility into environments that are lacking. This presentation will allow attendees to work through areas of accessibility based upon presentation, group work and reporting. We will cover all areas of accessibility and go in depth to how we started our program and areas of improvement vs change. Ultimately ending with web accessibility and testing. This will allow anyone attending to take away areas of accessibility regardless their role or responsibility.


  1. Learn the essential documentation needed to provide an accessibility plan
  2. Learn hands-on different areas and "how-to's" of an accessibility plan.
  3. How to incorporate this into a daily routine and everyday roles and responsibilities.

Speaker Bio(s)

Kara Zirkle

Ms. Zirkle has over 15 years experience working with individuals with disabilities. Kara has worked in Government and Higher Education. She is currently working at Miami University building accessibility procurement and policy. She worked at George Mason University prior for 9 years working closely with Enterprise Architecture reviewing accessibility. She works to ensure that Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 compliance of electronic and information technology (E&IT) is accessible to faculty, staff, students and public both with and without disabilities.

Stephanie Robbins