Institutional leaders are making greater efforts to promote access in education, investing in it at greater rates than before. Mindsets in education are shifting from only offering accommodations when individuals ask for them to delivering greater access for faculty, staff and school communities proactively.
To explore how leaders in education are promoting access at all levels, join us on March 15th for a live webinar, Accessibility for Faculty, Admin & Students Alike, in partnership with Disability:IN and The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED). Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with education experts who will share valuable insights on improving access to account for all university needs.
Why you should attend
There are so many reasons to start investing more in accessibility efforts at your school. Joining this event will offer educators valuable information about:
- Supporting Recruitment Efforts: Investing more in accessibility is useful for student and employee recruitment efforts. 51% of Gen Z, who now make up the majority of incoming students, consider an institution’s values when making a decision – and are likely to do so when deciding what college to attend. Similarly, 64% of job seekers now want to work for institutions that value diversity and inclusion.
- Reducing Legal Risks: Leaders who implement access for their community and public events can help reduce their school’s legal accessibility risks, which have risen by 64% in the past year.
- Improving Learning Engagement: Tools that ensure accessibility for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing, such as captions and transcripts, are proven to help boost engagement and retention for all learners as well.
- Expertise from Accessibility Allstars: Hear from seasoned education leaders who will share useful knowledge on implementing access for students, faculty and your school’s greater community. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and network with these leaders during an interactive Q&A portion of the event.
Who you’ll hear from
Attendees will have the opportunity to network and hear from three seasoned experts in education, who have years of experience in designing inclusive and equitable experiences for students, faculty and staff with disabilities. Join to hear how they’re helping schools address their community’s accessibility needs at every level and department.
The Honorable Katherine McCary: As the President of C5 Consulting, LLC and CEO of Disability:IN DC Metro, McCary is a nationally recognized accessibility leader in both education and business. Her work involves advising and guiding organizations in their efforts to promote inclusion and accessibility within their communities. In addition to her professional work, she is an active member and Presidential Appointee of the National Council on Disability. She has experienced disability throughout her life in multiple ways, including herself, as a caregiver and as a parent of children with disabilities.
Veleka Gatling, Ph.D.: With 27 years of experience in public education, Dr. Gatling now works as the Director of Diversity Initiatives and as an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University. Her professional background has spanned many different roles, including work as a teacher, an assistant principal, an executive director of special and gifted programs, and an executive director of professional learning in Hampton Roads. She has been an active member of several task forces throughout her career and currently serves the Task Force for Racial Equity at James Madison University.
Sharron Gatling: As a Diversity Officer at the Space Telescope Science Institute and Vice President of the American Association for Access Equity and Diversity, Gatling’s expertise helps lead diversity and inclusion efforts at both institutions. Gatling has 20 years of experience working in education and previously served as an equal opportunity and diversity leader at the College of William & Mary before becoming an Employment and Policy Analyst. In addition to her professional background, Gatling holds a certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from the Workplace.
RSVP to network with experts & watch on-demand
Join AutomaticSync, Disability:IN and AAAED live on March 15th at 12pm EST to hear from accessibility experts, ask important questions and network with like-minded peers. Register here to get access to the event on Zoom. The event is open to all who may benefit, so feel free to share the link with your colleagues.