Breakout Session

Creating an Accessibility Initiative at YOUR university: Policy Development and Implementation Planning

Track: Policy & Strategic Planning

Breakout Session III
Thurs. 11:45am-12:45pm

Web accessibility, online course accessibility and accessible course materials have become key topics in higher education, both because of what they allow – universal access to people with disabilities, and what they prevent – lawsuits. This workshop will highlight the process that has begun at Rutgers to assist faculty and web developers in creating accessible websites and course content. Policy development, implementation planning, and buy-in will be addressed. Specifics of how to create accessible materials and check their accessibility will be described.


Stein, Gayle

Gayle Stein is the Associate Director for Instructional Technology within the Office of Information Technology at Rutgers University. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers, an MLS from Rutgers, an MS in Nutrition from the New York Medical College, and a BS in Chemistry and Biology from Union College. Gayle is a University Senator, member of the Institutional Research Board, and an adjunct faculty member in Rutgers’ Library and Information studies department where she teaches privacy and policy development, Introduction to Information Technology and Informatics, IT project management, IT for librarians, management of technological organizations, and disruptive IT and change management courses. She also coordinates the Information Technology and Informatics Internship Program. Gayle leads the Rutgers instructional technology group which provides faculty support for technology in teaching and learning, Sakai, video services, applications of ePortfolios for student learning and assessment, and assistance for faculty and students with learning and motor disabilities. She is also the newly appointed co-chair of the university’s web accessibility and accessible course materials executive councils.


Bill Welsh

Bill Welsh is the Executive Director in the Office of Disability Services at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  Bill is working on numerous disability initiatives at Rutgers, including policies and implementation plans for various initiatives on accessible information and technology.  He is a New Jersey native.  Bill is a nationally recognized expert in disability services in higher education, with a leadership record that spans over twenty years. Previously, Bill was the Director of the Office for Disability Services at Penn State University for fourteen years. While at Penn State, Bill was the co-chair of Penn State’s Accessible Technology and Information (ATI) committee that developed and implemented policies, procedures and strategic plans for university-wide initiatives on web accessibility; accessible technology and information; accessible instructional materials; accessible online courses; and procurement practices.  He has worked with numerous colleges and universities throughout the country in assisting them to develop policies, procedures and strategic plans for accessibility standards.  He has also provided national presentations at the Association of Higher Education and Disability and CSUN as well as webinars on these subjects including webinars through Educause, Online Learning Consortium (formerly, the Sloan Consortium), and the Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI) webinar series. Bill previously worked as the Director of Disability Services at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA and Burlington County Community College in Pemberton, NJ.