EDUCAUSE Live! IT Accessibility Landscape and Strategies Update

The legal landscape with regard to the accessibility of websites and electronic and information technology remains a significant issue for educational institutions across the country. Private plaintiffs' firms, advocacy groups, and the federal government continue to target websites and digital content covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and related laws. This session will review the legal landscape and status of potential regulations; what we can learn from recent regulatory actions, the activities of advocacy groups, and demand letters from private plaintiffs’ firms; and the new administration and possible impact on enforcement. We will also present best practices for building a robust IT accessibility program and the proactive steps institutions can take to improve IT accessibility—before and regardless of—any new federal mandates.

Special thanks to the National Association of College and University Attorneys for their assistance in assembling this accessibility webinar.

Live closed captioning will be provided for this event. A text perfected transcript will also be made available with the post-event resources.

Learning Outcomes
  • Learn about the legal landscape surrounding web accessibility issues
  • Discuss potential IT accessibility regulations
  • Share methods for institutional strategic planning
  • Outline best practices for IT accessibility programs


Christian Vinten-Johansen
Manager, Accessibility Team, The Pennsylvania State University

Susan Cullen
Assistant Director CSU Accessible Technology Initiative, California State University, Office of the Chancellor

Olabisi Okubadejo
Of Counsel, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP