January 2024 Update

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Dear Teach Access community,

Happy New Year!

We were so happy to see some of you during out first annual State of Teach Access event in December. If you missed it, you can catch up with the recording.

We’ve already been quite busy preparing for the year ahead and are excited about the many ways we are continuing to support educators to teach about accessibility. And the travel has started as well! Our Executive Director, Kate Sonka, attended and presented at CES 2024 just a couple weeks ago. It was an action-packed adventure and you can read about her experience on a LinkedIn article title, “CES 2024 Retrospective”.

Read on to find out what we’re up to! Thank you as always for your support of Teach Access.

Teach Access Welcomes Intern Julius Patto

Julius Patto has medium-length dark brown hair, and a short beard. He is smiling at the camera wearing a wheat button-up. There is a grey background behind him.We’re thrilled to introduce Julius Patto as our next Teach Access intern! Our current intern, Emily Paterson, will graduate at the end of this semester and through our partnership with Michigan State University (MSU), we’re able to enjoy a few months of overlap to help with the transition.

Learn more about Julius Patto

Teach Access Student AcademyStudent Academy: 2024 Spring Schedule; Jan 26, Feb 9, March 8, and April 12.

We have an action-packed schedule of Student Academy sessions for the new year! Brought to you by accessibility experts, these learning sessions are free for all undergraduate and graduate students.

Visit the February Student Academy event page for more details!

Learn more about Student Academy

Accessibility Skills Hiring Toolkit

The annual Accessibility Skills Hiring Toolkit refresh is underway! We’re actively seeking volunteers to help build out the following new roles: Content Editor, Information Architect, Product Support Specialist, and Social Media Manager. If you’re interested in getting involved contact Mindy Kolin (

Learn more about the Accessibility Skills Hiring Toolkit

Quick Bytes + Connect

Quick Bytes + Connect to learn from guest speakers & connect with Teach Access network during the first Friday of every month from February through June.

Starting in February, The Teach Access Alumni Network will be hosting monthly meetups called ‘Quick Bytes + Connect’ to help our community learn and connect with other. Advance registration is required for this free program.

Learn more about Quick Bytes + Connect

Teach Access Fellowship Program

We’re thrilled to introduce you to the 2024 cohort of Teach Access Fellows! Out of 80+ applicants, these 20 educators were selected to participate in our year-long Fellowship Program.

Self-Paced Accessibility Courses: Computer Software Engineering, Game and Interactive Media Design, Web Design, and Web Development.Four New Accessibility Courses

Our free, self-paced accessibility courses list continues to grow! We’re please to share four new courses to support educators to learn about these topics and feel more prepared to teach about accessibility.

Learn more about the Accessibility Courses

Teach Access Grants

The application for round 6 of the Teach Access Grants program will open in February. If you are interested in volunteering to support planning an informational sessions and/or reviewing grant applications, please fill out this form.

Upcoming Events

Teach Access is on the move! Will you be at any of these upcoming events? We love connecting in person. Please email info@teachaccess to let us know!

Financial Support

Financial support is crucial to ensuring our programs and resources remain free for students and educators. Here are a few ways you can get involved:

  • Make a one-time or monthly individual gift. If your employer has a match program, we are on Benevity, YourCause, and CyberGrants!

  • Consider a corporate sponsorship.

  • Invite us to be a grant collaborator (e.g. NSF, OSEP, etc.). 

Please contact Mindy Kolin, Director of Development & Industry Partnerships with questions or for more information.

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