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Department of Education digital accessibility audits: The importance of being proactive

With the U.S. Department of Education conducting digital accessibility compliance reviews, we created this useful webinar to shed more light on why the audits are taking place and the importance of constantly improving when it comes to accessibility in K-12 and Higher Education.

Join our host, Ruth Ziolkowski, Senior Vice President Partnerships at Texthelp, and her expert panel of guests as they lift the lid on all things accessibility and compliance.

What you'll gain...

During the 60 minute conversation, our panel will discuss the urgency of meeting disability compliance regulations, how we can utilize EdTech tools to help close the gap, how we can go beyond making websites compliant to be truly accessible and more.

You’ll leave the conversation with insight into:

  • Practical examples of practitioners and their paths to build accessibility in their organization.
  • How you can make your curriculum and materials more accessible to all learners
  • How to comply with accessibility regulations

If you’re ready to dig deeper and be more proactive around accessibility, sign up now. You’ll also receive webinar slides, free guides, and lots more.

A note on accessibility: This webinar includes live captions and by signing up you will receive the recording and the slides to view in your own time. If you have any additional accessibility requirements please contact naevents@texthelp.com.

Offering a helping hand

When you register for this webinar, you’ll unlock the opportunity to try our accessibility and full digital inclusion solution, ReachDeck. Purchase any of our products district-wide or institution-wide by June 30th, 2023 and you’ll receive a one-year subscription to the tool.

Meet the speakers

Cynthia Curry, Director of Technical Assistance at CAST and Principal Investigator and Project Director at the AEM Center

As Director of Technical Assistance at CAST, Cynthia Curry oversees projects that build the capacity of education agencies to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities.With an emphasis on increasing inclusive uses of technology in education and career training, Cynthia ensures that CAST’s technical assistance is grounded in evidence-based practices, adult learning theory, and strategic partnerships.

Daniel McNulty, PATINS State Director

I came to my current position, as State Director of the PATINS Project, with a combined 20+ years of experience in the education field ranging from serving as a regional PATINS Assistive Technology Coordinator, a Special Education Teacher, a Private Behavior Therapist, Respite Care Provider, and a Paraprofessional. My passion thrives in helping all people do the things they want to do, are entitled to do, and are capable of accomplishing, regardless of perceived ability, history, barriers, or usability of products, materials, or spaces. It is this dedication to achieving true outcomes through equity and access for all learners that continually guides me and the work of the PATINS Project.

Christa Miller, Associate Director for Services for Students with Disabilities at Virginia Tech

Christa started working in VT's Assistive Technologies group in 2006 as a student employee. From 2010 to 2015, she transcribed STEM materials into Braille, and then transitioned into teaching instructors to create accessible educational materials by design. For the last several years, she's helped VT grow their digital accessibility footprint by helping to establish the centralized captioning fund, building up the campus' Accessibility Network, creating training on PDF accessibility, and leading cohorts of individuals preparing for the IAAP CPACC Certification. Christa is an active member of regional and national disability and accessibility organizations (AHEAD in VA, AHEAD, ATHEN, and Accessing Higher Ground).

Ruth Ziolkowski, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Partnerships for The Texthelp Group

Ruth Ziolkowski, OTR is Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Partnerships for The Texthelp Group. Ruth is an Occupational Therapist, a national education leader and speaker. She has acted as liaison between the assessment consortia and Assistive Technology professionals. Ruth is an AEM Center Advisory Committee Member and on the Board of Directors for The Assistive Technology industry Association (ATIA). She has been a strong student advocate for more than 30 years. Most importantly, Ruth cares deeply about supporting kids who learn differently.

Can't make it? No problem. Register to receive the recording.

You’ll also receive webinar slides, free guides, and lots more.