Accessibility in Action

Wednesday, 5/18/2016
  • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:30 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:30 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (Pacific)

Recent Office of Civil Rights settlements involving higher education are prompting institutions to reexamine electronic and information technology accessibility. In this webcast, the presenters will review the impacts of these settlements and changes in the law; how to ensure libraries instructional content is accessible; review Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and its role in accessibility; and Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs) and how library vendors are demonstrating their products meet key requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The presenters will also provide attendees with a list of related resources to utilize at their institutions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about recent Office of Civil Rights settlements involving higher education.
  • Using popular file formats, make instructional content accessible.
  • Learn what Universal Design for Learning is and its role in accessibility.

Who Should Attend

Academic librarians and others interested in the topic.


Erin McCaffrey, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Regis University
Paul Betty, Research and Instruction Librarian, Regis University



ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to Register

  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the Webcast title on ALA's webcast registration page (linked above).
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Registrants will receive your Webcast access information one business day before the live Webcast.

Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up but cannot attend the live event, you will receive the archived webcast recording.

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. Participants may ask questions through text-based chat.  Adobe works on both PC and Apple platforms.


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