2021 Higher Education Webinar Series

Driving Accessibility Campus Improvements

Procurement | Maturity Model Profiles | Benchmarking Tool Pilot

The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is offering a Higher Education 5-part webinar series beginning in February and ending in April.  

Program Content

The series is intended for anyone working in information technology, procurement, compliance, ADA coordinators, communications, professional education, instructional design, disability support, faculty, event coordinators, and other staff professionals working towards creating and maintaining an inclusive campus.     

Session I:  Driving Accessibility Improvements in IT Products 

Webinar Date: February 18, 2021
Webinar Time:  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 5 hours)


Presenter(s):  Cheryl Pruitt, Director, Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) California State University, (CSU) Office of the Chancellor
Guest Speaker:  Leon McNaught, ATI Program Manager, California State University, Los Angeles 
Guest Speaker:  Hyrum Denny, Director of Product Management, GoReact
Guest Speaker:  Sam Farley, Account Executive, GoReact
Guest Speaker:  Jeff Singleton, Principal, Converge Accessibility


Session Overview: Acquiring accessible IT products is one of the biggest challenges facing an institution when implementing an accessible technology program. To meet this challenge, California State University (CSU) developed a process that integrates accessibility requirements into campus business processes and puts the responsibility on vendors for the accessibility of their product(s).  

Campuses are required to acquire accessible products, yet vendors are not required to sell accessible products. The appropriate time to put the responsibility for accessibility on the vendor is during the acquisition process.  Insisting on accurate accessibility documentation, commitments from the vendor for accessibility improvements to the product, and informative information for the users is crucial to driving product improvements. Third party accessibility reviews and accurate documentation allows campuses to create Equally Effective Alternative Access Plans. Students that encounter barriers can be quickly served with workarounds or accommodations. 

GoReact is a cloud-based performance assessment tool that gives the user the ability to provide video evidence demonstrating learning competencies at the same time allowing viewers to provide times stamped embedded feedback and annotation in multiple formats.  With a variety of activity types and assessment tools, GoReact is the number one coaching tool being used in over 600 colleges and universities.  While the company's focus has been in higher education, GoReact is also used in the private sector for training, assessment, and coaching at a variety of levels.  

Converge Accessibility is an accessibility services provider with a unique combination of both legal and technical perspectives. Converge Accessibility has worked with higher education, eCommerce, federal, state and local organizations and  been the only consultant trusted by NASA to conduct Section 504 review of their grantees.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand how to engage the vendor in the critical review process for accessible IT product review 
  • Learn how to select from the various levels of accessibility evaluation, from Accessibility Conformance Report review to full accessibility testing 
  • Understand the importance and components of the Equally Effective Alternative Access Plan (EEAAP) 
  • Strategies for engaging vendors to improve the accessibility of their products 
Vendor Perspective.  Working through the CSU approval process challenged GoReact to update the way they report on and support the accessibility compliance of their technology products.  They will share insights into their internal review processes, accessibility testing, documentation, and how these methods provide accurate and informative documentation to customers and substantive improvements to their products.

Session II:  Executive Leadership Buy-In Playbook

Webinar Date: March 11, 2021 
Webinar Time:  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 5 hours)


Presenter(s):  Lori Kressin, Coordinator of Academic Accessibility, Executive VP and Provost, UVA 
Guest Speaker:  
Tawny McManus, Assistant Vice Provost for Accessibility, UMBC 
Guest Speaker:  Kyle Shachmut, Assistant Director, Harvard University Information Technology

Session Overview:  Higher education is facing significant structural challenges that must be addressed through changes in educational accessibility policy and practice. Executive leadership often relies on internal staff and outside consultants to make change around inclusion and diversity. Getting buy-in that leads to execution for leadership trust, cultivating the right internal and external stakeholders, a business plan that fits into the current structure, doing your research, and having examples and case studies of other campus successes, most importantly packaging the pitch with the benefits.  In this session participants will have the opportunity to learn from university leaders who have been put in a role with executive buy-in. 

Session III: Campus Maturity Model Profiles, Session 1 of 2 

Webinar Date: March 18, 2021 
Webinar Time:  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)


Presenter(s):  James Thurston, G3ict
Guest Speaker:  Megan Lawrence, Microsoft
Guest Speaker:  TBD - University Maturity Model Guest

Session Overview:  Session III is one of a two-part series highlighting campuses who have participated in the G3ict Smart University Digital Inclusion Maturity Model. Participants will hear from institutions addressing digital inclusion and ICT accessibility across core capabilities. The two-part session looks at how leveraging accessibility and inclusion can provide an adaptive, accessible, multi-modal IT ecosystem to support campuses. Presenters will review findings, digital inclusion gaps, and next steps for improvements. Areas that will be coved include: (1) digital inclusion across 18 core capabilities; (2) benchmarks on campus performance on digital inclusion; and (3) building a roadmap and strategy plan.

Session IV: Campus Maturity Model Profiles, Session 2 of 2 

Webinar Date: March 25, 2021 
Webinar Time:  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)


Presenter(s):  James Thurston, G3ict 
Guest Speaker:  Megan Lawrence, Microsoft
Guest Speaker:  TBD - University Maturity Model Guest

Session Overview: Session IV is the second webinar in a two-part session that highlights universities who have participated in the G3ict Smart University Digital Inclusion Maturity Model. Participants will hear from institutions addressing digital inclusion and ICT accessibility across core capabilities. This session looks at how leveraging accessibility and inclusion can provide an adaptive, accessible, multi-modal IT ecosystem to support campuses. Presenters will review findings, digital inclusion gaps, and next steps for improvements. Areas that will be covered include: (1) digital inclusion across 18 core capabilities; (2) benchmarks on campus performance on digital inclusion; and (3) building a roadmap and strategy plan.

Session V: Quick Campus Wins: Moving Forward

Webinar Date: April 22, 2021 
Webinar Time:  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)


Presenter(s): James Thurston, G3ict
Guest Speaker:  Christopher Lee, IAAP
Guest Speaker: TBD - Maturity Model Pre-Screening University Guest

Session Overview:  Session V will include interested participants that have been highlighting campuses who have participated in a campus maturity model pre-screening on-line exercise during the webinar series. Results will be highlighted from two anonymous campuses. This session will also provide participants with some quick campus wins that occurred during the maturity model pilot and pre-screening process. A matrix provided from the campus pre-screening will provide participant insights on: (1) strategic intent; (2) culture; (3) governance & processes; (4) technology; (5) data; and (6) smartness.

Webinar Series Package Includes: 

  • Access to 5-part live webinar series 
  • Access to IAAP’s annual membership and Higher Education Community of Practice  
  • Access to webinar series Member Connections community to engage SME’s 
  • Access to post-webinar archived webinars for campus employees 
  • Access to discounts on Certified Professional Certifications 
  • Access to professional education webinar archive library 
  • Eligibility to display IAAP Member Logo on websites and social media outlets 
  • IAAP Career Center for job postings 

Package Pricing

Organizational Series Pricing 

  • IAAP Organizational Members: $995.00 (unlimited employee access) 
  • Non-Organizational Members Bundle: $2,195.00 (includes annual members access and unlimited employee access) 
  • Emerging & Developing Economies: 30% off the series price
Individual Series Pricing  
  • IAAP Individual Member: $150.00 
  • Non-Individual Member Bundle: $350.00 (includes an IAAP annual membership) 
  • Students Members: $105.00 
  • Non-Member Student Bundle: $165.00 (includes an IAAP annual membership) 
  • Emerging & Developing Economies: 30% off the series price  
IAAP offers a 30% discount for those who live and work in a country on the list of United Nations Emerging and Developing Economies. There is a 30% discount for Individual and Organizations wanting to participate in the series.  

All prices are in US Dollars.

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Questions can be emailed to info@accessibilityassociation.org

Disclaimer

Presenters and program content are subject to change based on participants and presenters feedback before and during the series.

Special webinar series and/or programs may not be included in the general webinar archive library.


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