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Thursday, March 14 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Evolving Web Accessibility in Higher Education

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has undergone a transformative period during the last two years in regards to web accessibility. The fact that all digital content provided by higher education must be accessible to all users as defined by American Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is by no means a new concept. However, the recent influx of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) web accessibility complaints targeting institutions and universities for failure to comply with federal web accessibility standards has resulted in a paradigm shift in higher education bringing accessible digital content to the forefront. These complaints, in addition to prominent lawsuits, have shined a light on the inadequacies of accessible digital content in higher education prompting pivotal changes to web governance at the university-level.

This presentation discusses how a strategic university-wide approach to web accessibility concerns, involving a dynamic inter-disciplinary team, can positively impact web access, promote a standardized university-wide culture of digital accessibility for the future, and prove to be sustainable as an evolving normative process in higher education.


Corie Forrest

EIT Coordinator & Senior Developer, Virginia Commonwealth University

Thursday March 14, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT