The Forest and the Trees: Scaling for Enterprise-Level Digital Accessibility

The increase in virtual course content, combined with the recent lawsuits at Harvard and MIT and updates to Section 508, have pushed online accessibility into the forefront of higher education awareness. With the advent of global accessibility standards and the push for uniformity in online accessibility, the University of Connecticut is in the process of developing its own standards for universal digital accessibility. As a result of this discussion, participants will learn to incorporate consideration of policies, automated and manual compliance testing, and training for various skill levels of web content authors into enterprise-level accessibility plans. Participants will also gain an understanding of how institutional accessibility impacts the procurement process and pre-existing standalone digital products.

This presentation will cover the following keypoints:

  • Consider global accessibility standards and broad and narrow applications of digital accessibility
  • Learn to draft a plan for universal institutional accessibility
  • Understand how institutional accessibility impacts areas like procurement and standalone digital products


Kathryn Weber-Hottlemen
IT Accessibility Coordinator
University of Connecticut

Samantha Sauld
3Play Media

Social Media Toolkit

Super-Star YouTube Captioners

Captioning Information – DIY versus Third Party

Holidays and Months – Social Media

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Image Descriptions and How to Write Them – Via HubPages

Trigger Warnings and Social Media

How do I create alternate text for facebook_

How do I create good alternative text for twitter_

Enabling Alternate Text for Images on Twitter

Color Palette for Toolkit

Tools for Color Contrast and Color Blindness

User-friendly Graphic Design Tool Overview

AccessIQ_s How to Create an Accessible Infographic (2012)