Digital Accessibility Workshop:

Working Together for Everyone

November 8, 2019
Courtyard Portland City Center
550 SW Oak St, Portland OR, 97204




Registration is closed. If you have a question about registration, contact Molly.

Keynote Speaker: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler founded and directs the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center and the IT Accessibility Team at the University of Washington. These two groups promote (1) the use of mainstream and assistive technology and other interventions to support the success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers and (2) the development of facilities, computer labs, academic and administrative software, websites, multimedia, and distance learning programs that are welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities. The IT Accessibility Team focuses efforts at the University of Washington; the DO-IT Center reaches national and international audiences with the support of federal, state, corporate, foundation, and private funds. Dr. Burgstahler is also an affiliate professor in the College of Education. Topics of her presentations and online and on-site courses include accessible design of IT, online learning, and student services and transition support for students with disabilities.

Dr. Burgstahler and her projects have received many awards, including the Professional Recognition Award for the Association for Higher Education and Disability, the National Information Infrastructure Award in Education, the President's Award for Mentoring, the Golden Apple Award in Education, the Harry J. Murphy Catalyst Award, the Frances Pennell Economic Opportunity Award, and induction of DO-IT into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

Description and Agenda:

Accessibility of digital resources, learning technologies, and curricular and scholarly resources is an important concern for higher education. To facilitate successful accessibility strategies, and to foster a regional community of practice, the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium is hosting a one-day accessibility workshop in conjunction with the annual Instructional Technology Roundtable. The program will overlap with the Instructional Technology Roundtable. The agendas will share a plenary and one breakout session on the morning of Nov 8.

Program - Download the program PDF, download the program in Word, or view the program webpage.

Workshop Attendance and Cost:

The intended audience includes instructional technologists, librarians, academic support professionals, and others involved in supporting digital accessibility on their campus. Topics include universal design and accessibility for all, supporting and engaging faculty, ensuring student access to resources, and sharing accessibility best practices. Seats are guaranteed for one participant per NWACC institution, in addition to Instructional Technology Roundtable participants and speakers. Unclaimed seats will be assigned from the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, contact Molly.

NWACC will subsidize the registration, hotel, and travel costs for all participants.


If you requested a hotel reservation at registration, your reservation will be made for you and you will receive a confirmation number via email prior to the conference. NWACC will cover hotel costs directly.

Travel and Ground Transportation:

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Travel expense reimbursement requests should be submitted within 21 days of the event and require receipts/documentation (electronic copies are acceptable).

The MAX light rail provides service from the airport and the Amtrak Station to the hotel. Tickets can be purchased at the MAX ticket kiosk (NWACC will reimburse you for the expense)


Hotel parking for overnight guests is valet-only and will be billed directly to NWACC. Participants driving in each day should park at the Smart Park garage at SW 3rd and SW Alder St (NWACC will reimburse you for the expense).


NWACC will provide breakfast and lunch on Nov 8.


Email Molly or call 503-498-8935.