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Web and IT Accessibility for Students With Disabilities: Updated Section 508 and ADA Compliance

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Since the Americans with Disability Act or ADA was enacted in 1990, students with disabilities have pushed colleges to deal with physical barriers (such as buildings one could enter only via stairs), for sign language interpreters or other accommodations that would allow them to fully benefit from all that higher education offers. Many colleges and universities continue to overlook the accessibility issues raised by information and communication technology.

In January, the federal government finished work on updating Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which details the accessibility standards federal agencies, contractors and employers must meet, both online and in person. The rule itself goes into effect on Jan. 18, 2018, giving federal agencies a year to prepare. 

This webinar with expert Kent Seaver will examine changes made to Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, along with the impact these changes will have to students in higher education that are covered by Section 508 specifically in areas of technology, including but not limited to online instruction, visual presentations, college web pages, and learning resources. This will be accomplished by looking at where section 508 fits into the works of higher education, both directly and indirectly. In addition, guidelines will be addressed allowing higher education stakeholders to understand what is expected of them. 

Session Highlights:

  • How ADA and 508 Relate to Your Institution.

  • Gain an insight into how Rule 508 will change

  • Understand How Section 508 serves as a roadmap for Colleges and Universities

  • Realize the benefits that accompany changes to Section 508

  • Discuss how to implement responsible accommodations

Why You Should Attend: 

The lack of understanding colleges and universities have in regard to ADA, 504 and 508 is disturbing, given the length of time both have been in effect and the number of lawsuits that have outlined what is a reasonable accommodation.  By examining the rules and how they are applied in institutions of higher education, college and university professionals can replicate successful models that both ensure equal access to education.

Who Should Attend:

  • ADA and 504 Coordinators

  • College and University Counselors, 

  • College and University Advisors

  • Faculty members 

  • Directors of Equal Opportunity Programs

  • Directors of College Campuses

  • Coordinators of Student Affairs

  • Directors of Special Education

  • Directors of Pupil Services

  • Director of Human Resources

  • Directors of Student Services

  • Directors of Public Safety

  • Directors of Facility Operations


*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.
** You can buy On-Demand and view it as per your convenience.

Kent  Seaver

Kent Seaver

Kent Seaver has 18 years of experience in the fields of student services and learning resources. While at North Lake College in Irving,TX, he has expanded his work to include multiple student cohorts, including Title IX initiatives. He is presently the Director of Planning and Development and was previously the Director of Learning Resources. He served as Title IX Coordinator from 2014-2016. In that role, Kent created the first comprehensive Title IX intake and response program in the Dallas County District. Kent has earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctorate in Law from Texas Wesleyan University.

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