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Re: Digital Accessibility Specialist

From:

Sean Damion Kugler <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 24 Jul 2018 18:28:08 +0000

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Hello all,



I find it interesting to see all of the different placements for accessibility analysts/specialists across the nation. I am stationed out of disability resources, which works well for Northern Arizona University.



I work closely with our ITS groups for the different areas of my job. I work with our web migration and web development teams for that portion of the job. Then I work with the person(s) or departments requesting to purchase or renew software and/or apps. As part of that, I work with our ITS team on procurement. For software, I also gets work with our contracts and purchasing team.



The flexibility I get from being within disability resources is that everyone knows my obligations are to individuals with disabilities. I do not have to worry that people think I do other work for ITS.



I am fortunate enough to have Jamie Axelrod as my supervisor. Jamie serves a few roles for NAU: Director of Disability Resources, ADA Coordinator, and 504 Compliance Officer. He and others helped create a framework that makes my life much easier as the second person to hold this position for NAU.



I currently have one student worker working directly with me. I am hoping to expand multiple student workers in the future.



We have a Usable Materials Center (UMC) that works to create accessible print material and accessible video content for all users. The UMC is also stationed within Disability Resources.



The library also has staff to work with students and community members to create accessible materials as needed within the library.



We have a centralized ITS department. Within ITS, we have developers, designers, and student workers familiar with the accessibility. Not to mention, our CIO is one of our biggest advocates.



Our e-learning center has someone that works on accessibility for individuals within their program.



We are also in the process of incorporating our accessibility information into our ITS software checklist to help streamline purchase requests. We are looking for more ways to help us expedite our purchasing process, while having the ability to keep track of all the information associated with the purchase for accessibility, and each of ITS components. Contracts and purchasing will be added to this process next to help us have one central point to keep our software purchasing information.



Take care,



Sean Kugler, M.Ed.

Accessibility Analyst

Disability Resources

PO Box 5633

Flagstaff, AZ  86011

928-523-6042



A11y = Accessibility (A, 11 letters in the word, y)



“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison





-----Original Message-----

From: The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Greg Gay

Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 11:21 AM

To: [log in to unmask]

Subject: Re: [ITACCESS] Digital Accessibility Specialist



Hi Shirley,



At Ryerson University in Toronto, we have two accessibility specialist positions, one with central IT, who works with digital accessibility around the university as a whole, and one who works with the Distance Education team of our Continuing Education department (my position).



We have some 400+ online courses, so a dedicated position for distance ed is warranted. Both positions require some technical understanding, though with central IT, there's little hands on in term of actually getting into the code of websites etc. to fix accessibility problems. 

Issues are typically documented, and other IT staff do the fixing.



The distance Ed position is a little different from a typical accessibility specialist position, and involves both design for interactive learning objects, used in online courses, as well as developing accessibility related training for training staff and instructors, and developing curriculum for web-based courses that teach accessibility skills to both technical and non-technical audiences (computer science, business, and community and social services program areas). This position is partly instructional design, partly web developer, partly instructor, partly research, having expertise with WCAG and WAI-ARIA (among other specs), and with the Web technologies the specs apply to.



greg





On 2018-07-24 12:00 AM, ITACCESS automatic digest system wrote:

> There are 8 messages totalling 1122 lines in this issue.

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> Topics of the day:

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>    1. Digital Accessibility Specialist (8)

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> Date:    Mon, 23 Jul 2018 07:22:14 -0600

> From:    "Michael E. Cyr" <[log in to unmask]>

> Subject: Re: Digital Accessibility Specialist

>

> We're talking about the same question here.  For us the question has a funding component since IT is 100% charged back.

>

> What is the focus of your position?  Technical?  Development? Instructional?  Digital materials?  Procurement?  All of the above?

>

> Mike Cyr

> UMaine

>

>

> ********************

> We’re in the process of establishing a new Digital Accessibility Specialist position, and we’re having discussions about which department and to whom it should report to.  Should it be in Special Learning Services Office, Library, or IT?  Where do you have that position in your organization, and are there any challenges or disadvantages to having it in a particular area?

>

> Thank you in advance,

> Shirley Canaan

> Sacred Heart University

>

> **********

> Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss.

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> ------------------------------

>

> Date:    Mon, 23 Jul 2018 13:23:52 +0000

> From:    "Brandon C. Brylinsky" <[log in to unmask]>

> Subject: Re: Digital Accessibility Specialist

>

> My position and team are within the Custom Web Development group of our Central IT dept. There are pros and cons to this placement. The primary pro for it is that I'm connected to colleagues who are involved with all levels of IT - video, enterprise licensing & implementation, custom web projects, IT service desk, etc. I'm able to easily coordinate with all of these folks to ensure that accessibility is baked in from the earliest stages of projects and to stay involved throughout the lifecycle of a given project.

>

> The big con that I'm experiencing is that there are some residual negative attitudes around campus toward our Central IT dept usually from past projects that may have gone poorly. Some of these sentiments date back over a decade and feel deeply entrenched. As a result I sometimes experience skepticism and push back from campus units when it comes to my IT accessibility efforts. Another negative is that our IT group sometimes feels separate from central campus activities & administration, especially the academic side of the house (part of this is that our physical location is literally on the outskirts of campus).

>

> These negatives aside, I really think my team and I are most strategic in our current placement. I really don't see a better fit for us anywhere else on campus.

>

> Best,

> Brandon

>   

> Brandon Brylinsky

> Electronic IT Accessibility Coordinator, Custom Dev, IT@Cornell

> 607-255-8281 - [log in to unmask]

>   

>

>

> On 7/22/18, 8:55 PM, "The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv on behalf of Shirley Canaan" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of [log in to unmask]> wrote:

>

>      We’re in the process of establishing a new Digital Accessibility Specialist position, and we’re having discussions about which department and to whom it should report to.  Should it be in Special Learning Services Office, Library, or IT?  Where do you have that position in your organization, and are there any challenges or disadvantages to having it in a particular area?

>      

>      Thank you in advance,

>      Shirley Canaan

>      Sacred Heart University

>      

>      **********

>      Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss.

>      

>

>

> **********

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> ------------------------------

>

> Date:    Mon, 23 Jul 2018 13:34:10 +0000

> From:    "Canaan, Shirley" <[log in to unmask]>

> Subject: Re: Digital Accessibility Specialist

>

> It's a combination...the person's responsibilities include overseeing accessibility policies and procedures, assist in design and development of accessible digital materials, advocate to increase accessibility standards, develop training and best practices, audit web-based apps and digital material, respond to accessibility issues and determine solutions, keep current with technology, standards, guidelines and best practices..

>

> -----Original Message-----

> From: The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv 

> <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Michael E. Cyr

> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2018 9:22 AM

> To: [log in to unmask]

> Subject: Re: [ITACCESS] Digital Accessibility Specialist

>

> We're talking about the same question here.  For us the question has a funding component since IT is 100% charged back.

>

> What is the focus of your position?  Technical?  Development? Instructional?  Digital materials?  Procurement?  All of the above?

>

> Mike Cyr

> UMaine

>

>

> ********************

> We’re in the process of establishing a new Digital Accessibility Specialist position, and we’re having discussions about which department and to whom it should report to.  Should it be in Special Learning Services Office, Library, or IT?  Where do you have that position in your organization, and are there any challenges or disadvantages to having it in a particular area?

>

> Thank you in advance,

> Shirley Canaan

> Sacred Heart University

>

> **********

> Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss.

>

> **********

> Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss.

>

> ------------------------------

>

> Date:    Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:08:12 +0000

> From:    "Sedgley, Janet" <[log in to unmask]>

> Subject: Re: Digital Accessibility Specialist

>

> I was a Digital Accessibility Specialist within IT. I had been on campus, and in IT, for 30 years - but in close collaboration for 23 years with Disability Services for Students. Both the DSS director and myself felt that my placement in IT was optimum. She moved her Instructional Materials and Assistive Technology individuals over into my section of IT and we functioned as a unified group. I think the integration within IT helped when developing processes and procedures and keeping abreast of technological changes. All three of us were deeply connected to DSS though and the two individuals who were moved over work directly with students.

>

> It also has been helpful because, when they aren't working on something for students, they can help with captioning, reviewing and other projects. It keeps all of that assistive and accessible technology knowledge cohesive and coordinated; helps us support the various constituents on campus from the central knowledge and is more efficient. And, sitting in IT, we can collaborate on approaches to video for campus, web reviews and solutions, etc. with our IT colleagues.

>

> Janet Sedgley

> ________________________________________

> From: The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv 

> [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Canaan, Shirley 

> [[log in to unmask]]

> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2018 7:34 AM

> To: [log in to unmask]

> Subject: Re: [ITACCESS] Digital Accessibility Specialist

>

> It's a combination...the person's responsibilities include overseeing accessibility policies and procedures, assist in design and development of accessible digital materials, advocate to increase accessibility standards, develop training and best practices, audit web-based apps and digital material, respond to accessibility issues and determine solutions, keep current with technology, standards, guidelines and best practices..

>

> -----Original Message-----

> From: The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv 

> <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Michael E. Cyr

> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2018 9:22 AM

> To: [log in to unmask]

> Subject: Re: [ITACCESS] Digital Accessibility Specialist

>

> We're talking about the same question here.  For us the question has a funding component since IT is 100% charged back.

>

> What is the focus of your position?  Technical?  Development? Instructional?  Digital materials?  Procurement?  All of the above?

>

> Mike Cyr

> UMaine

>

>

> ********************

> We’re in the process of establishing a new Digital Accessibility Specialist position, and we’re having discussions about which department and to whom it should report to.  Should it be in Special Learning Services Office, Library, or IT?  Where do you have that position in your organization, and are there any challenges or disadvantages to having it in a particular area?

>

> Thank you in advance,

> Shirley Canaan

> Sacred Heart University

>

> **********

> Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss.

>

> **********

> Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss.

>

>

> **********

> Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss.

>

> ------------------------------

>

> Date:    Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:20:49 +0000

> From:    Sandi Arendalkowski <[log in to unmask]>

> Subject: Re: Digital Accessibility Specialist

>

> Hi,

>

> UW-Madison is planning a "Accessibility Architect" position within a group of User Experience Architects focusing on enterprise-wide cultural adoption and raised campus capacity to create accessible user experiences.

>

>

> The group reports to a directorial line leading to the CIO and partners with Diversity, Disability Services, and Compliance in a strategic approach to evolving design/development operations and training strategies that starts with inclusion in the workplace training and graduates into understanding the tactical techniques for incorporating inclusivity into daily digital decisions.

>

>

> Thanks for the interesting thread.

>

>

> Sandi

>

>

> Sandi Arendalkowski

> Accessibility & User Experience Designer UW-Madison, DoIT 

> Communications Digital Accessibility Campus Advisory Group (DACAG), 

> Co-Chair

> 1210 W Dayton Street  Madison, WI 53706 - Rm 3134c

> 608-262-2991 (call), 410-790-5739 (text/call) 

> [log in to unmask]

> Pronouns: She, her, hers

>

>

> “Zero accessibility errors shouldn't be your goal. Effective communication and equal access should be your goal."

>

> ~ Mary Lou 

> Mobley<https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-lou-mobley-8097433/>, National 

> Disability Expert & Civil Rights Attorney - Department of Education 

> Office of Civil Rights

>

> ________________________________

> From: The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv 

> <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Canaan, Shirley 

> <[log in to unmask]>

> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2018 8:34 AM

> To: [log in to unmask]

> Subject: Re: [ITACCESS] Digital Accessibility Specialist

>

> It's a combination...the person's responsibilities include overseeing accessibility policies and procedures, assist in design and development of accessible digital materials, advocate to increase accessibility standards, develop training and best practices, audit web-based apps and digital material, respond to accessibility issues and determine solutions, keep current with technology, standards, guidelines and best practices.

>

> -----Original Message-----

> From: The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv 

> <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Michael E. Cyr

> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2018 9:22 AM

> To: [log in to unmask]

> Subject: Re: [ITACCESS] Digital Accessibility Specialist

>

> We're talking about the same question here.  For us the question has a funding component since IT is 100% charged back.

>

> What is the focus of your position?  Technical?  Development? Instructional?  Digital materials?  Procurement?  All of the above?

>

> Mike Cyr

> UMaine

>

>

> ********************

> We’re in the process of establishing a new Digital Accessibility Specialist position, and we’re having discussions about which department and to whom it should report to.  Should it be in Special Learning Services Office, Library, or IT?  Where do you have that position in your organization, and are there any challenges or disadvantages to having it in a particular area?

>

> Thank you in advance,

> Shirley Canaan

> Sacred Heart University

>

> **********

> Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss.

>

> **********

> Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss.

>

>

> **********

> Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss.

>

> ------------------------------

>

> Date:    Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:33:33 +0000

> From:    Sandi Arendalkowski <[log in to unmask]>

> Subject: Re: Digital Accessibility Specialist

>

> Regarding:" What is the focus of your position?  Technical?  Development? Instructional?  Digital materials?  Procurement?  All of the above?"

>

>

> Likely all of the above.

>

>

> Regarding "How this will be funded?"

>

> The Accessibility Architect role is still being designed but was approved to be centrally funded and will be living in a group of User Experience Designers who bill. We consider accessibility of new development a baseline cost of creating something new.

>

>

> Campus accessible user experience and content strategy training as well as small group consulting around legacy content remediation (focus on raising capacity) will likely be the primary work of this centrally funded person and offered free to campus using internal expertise and external expertise brought in with a small centrally funded training budget.

>

>

> It's great to be sharing these ideas and seeing what everyone is doing or thinking of doing.

>

>

> Sandi

>

>

> Sandi Arendalkowski

> Accessibility & User Experience Designer UW-Madison, DoIT 

> Communications Digital Accessibility Campus Advisory Group (DACAG), 

> Co-Chair

> 1210 W Dayton Street  Madison, WI 53706 - Rm 3134c

> 608-262-2991 (call), 410-790-5739 (text/call) 

> [log in to unmask]

> Pronouns: She, her, hers

>

>

> “Zero accessibility errors shouldn't be your goal. Effective communication and equal access should be your goal."

>

> ~ Mary Lou 

> Mobley<https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-lou-mobley-8097433/>, National 

> Disability Expert & Civil Rights Attorney - Department of Education 

> Office of Civil Rights

>

>

>

> <https://studiofellow.com/>

>

>

>

> ________________________________

> From: The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv 

> <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Michael E. Cyr 

> <[log in to unmask]>

> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2018 8:22 AM

> To: [log in to unmask]

> Subject: Re: [ITACCESS] Digital Accessibility Specialist

>

> We're talking about the same question here.  For us the question has a funding component since IT is 100% charged back.

>

> What is the focus of your position?  Technical?  Development? Instructional?  Digital materials?  Procurement?  All of the above?

>

> Mike Cyr

> UMaine

>

>

> ********************

> We’re in the process of establishing a new Digital Accessibility Specialist position, and we’re having discussions about which department and to whom it should report to.  Should it be in Special Learning Services Office, Library, or IT?  Where do you have that position in your organization, and are there any challenges or disadvantages to having it in a particular area?

>

> Thank you in advance,

> Shirley Canaan

> Sacred Heart University

>

> **********

> Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss.

>

> **********

> Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss.

>

> ------------------------------

>

> Date:    Mon, 23 Jul 2018 17:11:37 +0000

> From:    Jiatyan Chen <[log in to unmask]>

> Subject: Re: Digital Accessibility Specialist

>

>

>> On 2018 Jul 22, at 17:45, Shirley Canaan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>>

>> We’re in the process of establishing a new Digital Accessibility Specialist position, and we’re having discussions about which department and to whom it should report to.

> It should depend on

> (1) function of this specialist - are they to support particular sections of your digital assets (eg. IT, learning, design, communications, legal, procurement, disability)  The broader your scope, the higher on reporting line it should go.  You may also set it up with multiple reporting lines.

> (2) culture of the institution and influence of the reporting department - does the department have the appropriate influence and reputation to get things done the way you need this specialist to do?  Eg, IT might not be able to touch learning and comms, or disability might have an appearance that it is only speaking for a small segment of the population.

>

> --

> Jiatyan Chen

>

>

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> ------------------------------

>

> Date:    Tue, 24 Jul 2018 02:19:48 +0000

> From:    "Bossley, Peter A." <[log in to unmask]>

> Subject: Re: Digital Accessibility Specialist

>

> I agree with much of what has been put forth here.

> One of your main considerations should be regarding scope; the more the position needs to influence outside their immediate organization, the more essential having centralized support or authority is in moving the process forward.

> You need the technical expert who knows when something is or isn't accessible and usable, and the person who actually has the standing and authority to actually say yes or no and make it stick. These can be the same person if you happen to find the right mix of technical skills and sound judgement, but in my experience if either one of these components is missing the process can become cumbersome and ultimately less effective to one degree or another.

> At Ohio State, we have some technical staff that are in our central IT unit, but we also have a team within compliance who operate with granted authority to make decisions and provide oversight.

>

>

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> Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss.

>

> ------------------------------

>

> End of ITACCESS Digest - 22 Jul 2018 to 23 Jul 2018 (#2018-126)

> ***************************************************************



--

Greg Gay

IT Accessibility Specialist

Digital Education Strategies

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Ryerson University

Tel: 416 979-5000 #2061



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