What One School Learned from DOJ/OCR Accessibility Rulings at Other Institutions

Over the past several years, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have completed dozens of rulings on IT accessibility at institutions of higher education.

The University of Washington has used lessons learned from these settlements, agreements, and resolutions to shape their own accessibility services and policies.

Presented by Sheryl Burgstahler (Director of Accessible Technology Services at UW) and Terrill Thompson (Technology Accessibility Specialist at UW), this session will address issues related to ensuring the accessibility of IT to all faculty, students, staff, and visitors with disabilities.

This presentation will cover:

  • Lessons learned from DOJ/OCR resolutions
  • How accessibility laws apply to IT in higher ed
  • The challenges of making IT accessible at postsecondary campuses nationwide
  • How UW has shaped their accessibility services and policies based on rulings at other schools
  • Useful resources and tips to help build accessibility at your institution
  • Who should be involved in accessibility?


Sheryl Burgstahler
Director of Accessible Technology Services | University of Washington

Terrill Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist | University of Washington

Lily Bond (Moderator)
Director of Marketing | 3Play Media