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ATHEN Virtual Conference

Share, Learn, Engage!

Join us for ATHEN's Virtual Conference Event Friday, June 21! This virtual conference will explore current technology accessibility topics within higher education. Presenters and panelists will offer real-world examples of how various institutions approach technology accessibility needs, from policy and procurement to universal design and student support. Through extended Q&A discussions, attendees can share their perspectives and learn from each other. With a focus on practice instead of theory, this event will help us pool our experiences and ideas to meet our collective goal: a more inclusive and accessible experience for all.





8:30 AM PDT/11:30 AM EDT
Introduction and welcoming remarks


Session 1 - Promoting Document Accessibility Efforts and PDF Remediation Options

8:40 AM PDT/11:40 AM EDT

Gaby de Jongh, Ana Thompson


In early 2017, the University of Washington implemented a document accessibility Pilot Project to explore the complexities, financial burden, and time commitments facing units when implementing Washington State Policy 188: Access to Information Technology. Hear the details of the pilot and how it influenced an initiative across campus.


Gaby de Jongh’s experience with Accessible Information Technology in Education has spanned over 15 years and has afforded her a solid understanding of Web Content Accessibility, document authoring tools, and how Operating Systems, hardware, software, and Assistive Technology work in tandem. She leads efforts across the University of Washington tri-campus area to increase awareness of Accessible Technology; she also provides training and expertise on creating accessible electronic documents and how to remediate legacy documents. Gaby holds a certificate as an Adobe PDF Accessibility Trainer and is a partner on the Microsoft 365 Inclusive Workplace Council.

Ana Thompson has worked in higher education for the last 16 years in IT, digital learning and instructional design. As a Learning & Access Designer at the UW Bothell Office of Digital Learning & Innovation, Ana enjoys working with faculty members and staff to streamline the use of technology tools and promote digital fluency. Ana has extensive experience with Learning Management Systems (LMS), adult learning, WCAG 2.0, document accessibility, Copyright and Fair Use, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and finding innovative ways to use old and new tools. Currently, she is the lead of the Universal Design for Learning (UDAL) campus initiative and is a member of the New Faculty Orientation, Accessibility Plan Project committees, the Campus Access Guide workgroup and the UW IT Accessibility Task Force.

Link to Original Presentation

Promoting Document Accessibility Efforts and PDF Remediation Options


Session 2 - Lessons Learned Building an Internal Digital Accessibility Consultancy at Yale

9:50 AM PDT/12:50 PM EDT

Michael Harris, Mike Vaughn, Michelle Morgan


We will outline how Yale has been successful setting up an internal consultancy to support accessibility throughout the university. We will describe the group's role and scope within the institution and how it interacts with other campus units. We will discuss approaches to supporting multiple stakeholders, from faculty to web developers.


Michael Wayne Harris is the Accessibility Engineer at Yale.

Mike Vaughn is the Associate Director of Digital Accessibility at Yale. Prior to Yale, he was the IT Director and Assistant Dean of Technology at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Michelle Morgan is the Digital Accessibility Specialist at Yale University. She also holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale.

Link to Original Presentation

Lessons Learned Building an Internal Digital Accessibility Consultancy at Yale


Session 3 - TBD

11:00 AM PDT/2:00 PM EDT


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