1. Digital Accessibility: Avoid the Pitfalls and Stay in Compliance

Digital Accessibility: Avoid the Pitfalls and Stay in Compliance

Digital Accessibility: Avoid the Pitfalls and Stay in Compliance
Event ID: 18819
Session ID: 15869

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Brandon Washington, director, Equal Opportunity and Compliance, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Faculty, administrators, legal counsel, IT, special education
Best For: Higher Education

Compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Website Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAG 2.0) can be challenging. The needs and demands of faculty, staff and students can be overwhelming for institutions and workplaces, and digital accessibility requires strategic leadership and partnership throughout an organization. Recently, one of the largest areas of compliance concerns has been digital accessibility. In order to have a learning or working environment that is digitally accessible there must be an overall institutional commitment.

Please join Brandon Washington for a webinar exploring the ins and outs of digital accessibility. He will define “digital accessibility” (which is broader than website accessibility), discuss the “business case for digital accessibility,” how to properly address accommodation requests, and identify your responsibilities and opportunities related to this complicated area. Over the last two years there has been a tremendous uptick in the amount of federal complaints and lawsuits regarding lack of digital accessibility. This webinar will inform you how to strategize for it, what to focus on, and how to eliminate some common pitfalls.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Understand the process for determining whether or not your digital accessibility program is compliant
  • Differentiate your responsibilities as an organization versus those of an employee or student
  • Identify who qualifies for reasonable accommodations that could require a deviation to your digital accessibility policy/practices
  • Better understand the interactive process as it relates to requests for accommodations related to digital accessibility
  • Learn how to better position your institution to respond to complaints, and lawsuits


Your conference leader for “Digital Accessibility: Avoid the Pitfalls and Stay in Compliance” is Brandon Washington. Brandon is the director of equal opportunity and compliance at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Brandon’s office leads the university’s efforts to adhere to federal and state anti-discrimination laws. Prior to joining UNC, Brandon was the director of institutional equity and Title IX coordinator at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. Brandon also spent 5 years as an investigator, trainer and mediator with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). During his time at OCR, Brandon investigated over 170 federal civil rights cases.

Brandon holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of South Carolina, a MBA from Charleston Southern University and a J.D. from Florida A&M College of Law.

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