SIGUCCS 2019 Conference Takeaway – Accessibility

An A11yance: Approaches for Transferring Expertise to Build Accessibility Liaisons in the Campus Community

Rutgers University and Princeton University presented on their individual approaches to building accessibility awareness and expertise across their campuses.

Princeton University has a program in place to allow members of the university to get CPACC certified. These people become local experts to assist with accessibility questions within their departments. As part of this certification, they have a study group for people working on the certification class together. This includes quizzes and lunch and learn sessions.

Rutgers University uses a series of in-house training classes to educate staff within departments to become their accessibility liaisons. Additional resources are available through online offerings.

Some key points from these schools and their approaches:

  • What we do has the potential to affect every person within our university communities
  • Avoiding and/or removing barriers of entry provides opportunity for success
  • Remain aware of and avoid becoming barriers of access in the digital mental and physical realms
  • Create allies in accessibility

Takeaways:

Training and outreach are key. Getting buy-in across the departments (and having many people certified) is a great idea. – Allan Chen

See their presentation materials at: https://static.sched.com/hosted_files/siguccs2019/fd/An%20A11y-ance.pdf

Read their paper in the digital library: http://delivery.acm.org/10.1145/3350000/3347797/p82-kontio.pdf?ip=128.151.98.14&id=3347797&acc=ACTIVE%20SERVICE&key=7777116298C9657D%2EDC6AD36C640314EC%2E4D4702B0C3E38B35%2E4D4702B0C3E38B35&acm=1577481561_4523ab156f58ae7d608ff148ef281049#URLTOKEN#