Year 2 Update – A Centralized Approach to EIT Accessibility at Four Colleges in Western Massachusetts


Presented at 2:15pm in WB IV on Thursday, November 16, 2017.



  • Rob Eveleigh, EIT Accessibility Coordinator, Amherst, Hampshire, Mt Holyoke, and Smith Colleges

Session Details

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


Four small liberal arts colleges in Western Massachusetts are working together to better address the growing challenges associated with campus-wide EIT accessibility. This presentation will look at successes and challenges in Year 2 of the parallel and collaborative development and implementation of four EIT Accessibility Programs.


The Five College Consortium in Western Massachusetts created a new shared position (Electronic and Information Technology [EIT] Accessibility Coordinator) in 2015 to better address the growing challenges associated with campus-wide EIT accessibility. Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges are working together to develop and implement parallel and collaborative campus-wide EIT accessibility solutions. After Year 2 of this shared position, we identify successes, challenges, and lessons learned in the concurrent development of four EIT Accessibility Programs at four unique liberal arts colleges.


  1. Development of EIT accessibility goals and strategies at four small liberal arts colleges.
  2. Parallel and collaborative solutions for multi-campus college EIT Accessibility Programs.
  3. Lessons learned in Year 2 of a shared EIT Accessibility Coordinator position.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Rob Eveleigh

As an access technologist at the Five College Consortium, UMass Amherst, and Harvard University, Rob has provided expertise, technical direction, assessment, and implementation support to ensure technical compliance and functional accessibility of electronic and information technologies at a variety of private and public campuses. He has served as chair/lead of multiple accessibility committees and teams at the Five College Consortium and UMass Amherst, and as project manager of the UMass System IT Accessibility Program. In these roles, he has provided leadership to ensure that campuses build capacity to implement sustainable IT accessibility goals and strategies that address the accessibility of existing and emerging technologies to persons with disabilities while minimizing the compliance risk associated with the accelerated and dynamic IT accessibility case law landscape.


EIT_A11y-4_Colleges_Year_2-Western_MA_AHG2017-eveleigh.pptx Handout_01_Some_Initial_Questions_You_Can Ask-DRAFT(eveleigh-17 1116).docx Handout_02_SCRIPT_Vendor_Accessibility_Demo-DRAFT(eveleigh-17_1116).docx