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
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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
    
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