You Can Do It All: Online Accessibility Strategies for the Small DS Office

A Two-Part Foundation for Supporting Cross-Campus Collaboration in Online Learning

You’ve heard about the liability of inaccessible online learning experiences at conferences and from settlement agreements but feel unsure of how to focus campus attention on the issue and foster a change. This two-part webinar series is designed for staff from small or one-person disability resource offices who are the go-to on “everything disability” on their campuses, from accommodations to facilities to online access. If you don’t have a technology background (and most of us don’t), what do you need to know to prompt, organize, and collaborate with your distance education colleagues to address accessibility? What terms do your technology and online learning folks use that fly right over your head? What are the most critical items that you need to address right now and how do you get support to do that on your campus? 

Part 1: The Language of Accessibility and Online Learning

Wednesday, October 10, 2018; 3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Time

This introductory webinar will set the foundation for online accessibility, especially as it relates to your learning management system, third party tools and content, and basic web accessibility principles. Best practices and trends in online course management will be discussed and strategies for creating a shared understanding across campus units will be developed.


Part 2: Filling up Your Dance Card: New Campus Partners

Wednesday, October 24, 2018; 3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Time

In disability resource offices, we are used to working with campus facilities and residence life to ensure that the physical environment is accessible for all. What does it mean to ensure that the digital environment is accessible for all? During this webinar, we will discuss strategies for asking good questions to determine who is responsible for what parts of the online experience and how to clearly communicate not only what students with disabilities need for access but why the entire campus should care. 

Coordinating Presenter
image of Kelly Hermann, Vice President of Accessibility and Disability at the University of Phoenix
This pair of foundational webinars on joining the distance learning conversation on your campus is facilitated by Kelly Hermann, Vice President of Accessibility and Disability Strategy at the University of Phoenix, and an expert in accessibility in distance education. Kelly is a long-term member of AHEAD and regular, well-respected presenter. She has been the Chair of AHEAD’s Standing Committee on Policy and is currently the Chair of the Online and Distance Learning Special Interest Group. The presenters are AHEAD members who work with a significant number of online courses and students studying at a distance. They will identify the issues prevalent in this work and provide practical strategies and ideas for addressing the needs. Each webinar will include 45 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes for questions.

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