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
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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
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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..

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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
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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


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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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