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Strategic Campus Collaborations: Advancing Knowledge about Accessibility at The University of Arizona

Proposal No: 2700

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  • Dawn Hunziker, IT Accessibility Consultant, Sr., University of Arizona

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

Summary of Session

The University of Arizona’s itAccessibility Team collaborates with key campus individuals and units to continually increase awareness on accessibility in the IT and academic environments. Intentional meeting participation evolved into an effective communication network around accessibility.


The University of Arizona is committed to achieving full accessibility of all electronic and information technology to ensure equitable experiences for everyone. The itAccessibility Team focuses on accessibility of UA’s electronic environments with top-down and bottom-up approaches. Through intentional meeting participation, our network continues to expand. The Team is routinely included in projects across campus to discuss and evaluate accessibility in IT and academic environments. In addition, we successfully built accessibility into design processes of projects and courses to strategically impact access. Our involvement includes central IT programs and enterprise solutions, individual department outreach, innovative and collaborative teaching and the new UA Online degree programs. This presentation discusses the structure of our Team, networking opportunities realized through committees and work groups, and the impact we achieved in the development of new campus initiatives.


  1. Learn about the University of Arizona’s itAccessibility Team structure and our top-down/bottom-up approach
  2. Learn how strategic collaborations and participation in campus projects increase accessibility and networking
  3. Learn about the impact achieved in the academic and electronic and information technology environments

Speaker Bio(s)

Dawn Hunziker

Dawn Hunziker is the IT Accessibility Consultant, Sr. for the University of Arizona’s Disability Resources. She co-coordinates the UA's IT Accessibility Program to support the UA’s commitment to full accessibility of all electronic and information technology employed on campus ( Her job duties include working with campus units and committees, program managers, content developers, faculty and staff to provide input and proactive solutions regarding accessibility in the UA IT and academic environments. Additionally she coordinates Assistive Technology availability on campus, collaborates in alternate format production (documents and media), faculty development and accessible course and web design. Dawn currently serves as the President with the ATHEN Executive Committee. Dawn has presented at local, state, and national conferences regarding the UA IT Accessibility Program, pdf/web accessibility, captioning processes, and inclusive curriculum design.