April 2024 Update

By April 28, 2024 No Comments

Welcome to the latest edition of our monthly newsletter! Teach Access is excited to share our news and updates from April.

Congrats Emily!

We are excited to announce that our intern, Emily Paterson, graduated this month from Michigan State University’s College of Arts and Letters with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Experience Architecture and Professional & Public Writing. This summer, Emily will be a Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress! She will be working to help advance their Year of Digital Accessibility program.

Emily Paterson, Teach Access Intern in her graduation gown. She has long hair and is smiling at the camera.
New Self-Paced Accessibility Course, Content Development. Throughout this course, you will explore accessibility principles, enabling you to design content that accommodates all individuals.

NEW Self-Paced Course!

We just launched a new self-paced course on Content Development. This course is designed to help people create content that is accessible and inclusive. The goal is to support faculty to learn about these topics and feel more prepared to integrate them into their own courses.

Visit the Teach Access Course Market page to sign up for this or other courses.

Teach Access Course Market

Quick Bytes + Connect

You’re invited to our May Quick Bytes + Connect, “Collaborating with Designers and Content Creators for Inclusive Design,” presented by Cory Joseph, Director of Customer Experience Accessibility, CVS Health, on Zoom, Friday, May 3, from 1:00 to 1:30 pm ET (10:00 to 10:30 PT). A 20-minute presentation will be followed by a Q&A segment with Cory. Advanced registration is required. CART and ASL are provided.

Register for May Quick Bytes + Connect
Quick Bytes with Cory Joseph Director of Customer Experience Accessibility, CVS Health on Friday, May 3, 1-1:30 pm ET / 12 pm PT. Cory is wearing a hat, and red glasses. He is wearing a red button-up shirt with a dark blue jacket.

Digication Partnership

Teach Access is thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with Digication, a leading ed tech company serving millions of users across more than 7,000 K-12 schools and higher education institutions. This collaboration will transform the digital learning landscape by integrating accessibility literacy into educational practices. Digication users can watch a short video of Teach Access staff and interns explaining the importance of digital accessibility, access tip sheets about creating an accessible portfolio, and easily click on the Teach Access website for more information.

Teach Access Student Academy

The Teach Access Student Academy was a new program launched in September 2023 and consisted of virtual monthly webinars for students to explore a variety of topics on disability and accessibility. In total, we had 271 students from over 150 colleges and universities register to be a part of this learning series.

On Friday, April 12th, we held the final session of the Teach Access Student Academy, a Careers in Accessibility Panel. Students heard from accessibility professionals about their experiences working in the field of accessibility, which included hearing about their biggest challenges, biggest successes, and advice or lessons they have learned along the way. This session and the 6 previous sessions are available for viewing on the Student Academy YouTube Playlist.

Program Recap of Teach Access Student Academy Programs. Session 1: Introduction to Disability, Session 2: Introduction to Assistive Technology, Session 3: Accessibility Principles, Session 4: How Technology Has Transformed Our Lives, Session 5: Accessibility & Neurodiversity, Session 6: Creating Inclusive Events, Session 7: Careers in Accessibility. Sponsored by Verizon, Google, Yahoo, Salesforce, and Meta.

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!

Learning Impact Conference: June 3-6, 2024, Salt Lake City, UT

Save the Date: Mid-Year State of Teach Access

Please save the date; our June Quick Bytes + Connect on Friday, June 7 at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT)is a Mid-Year State of Teach Access, moderated by Board Chair Laura Allen, Head of Strategy & Programs, Accessibility & Disability Inclusion at Google. Hear directly from the board, staff, and special guests involved in our programs, and gain valuable understanding and inspiration for advancing accessibility in education and beyond. Advanced registration is required. CART and ASL are provided.

Register for Mid-Year State of Teach Access
Mid-Year State of Teach Access: Friday, June 7th 1 pm ET/ 10 am PT. Advanced Registration Required.

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