2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Central Time
Build Our Community Together: Creating a Digital Accessibility Liaisons Program
Presented by Sarah Arnold & Aleah Howell, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
When introducing digital accessibility, it is important to build a community of advocates and practitioners to support the work. This community creates a support system for those who want to learn and share their work. It is also a way to build accessibility awareness across campus.
At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we did this by creating Digital Accessibility Liaisons (DAL). Each liaison volunteers to learn about and advocate for digital accessibility within their department. This presentation will discuss the background, development process, impact, challenges, and future goals of our DAL.
Sarah is a Digital Accessibility Consultant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She focuses on accessibility reviews and consults with campus partners. She manages Siteimprove, an automatic website scanning tool, for campus. She formed the campus-wide Digital Accessibility Liaisons program.
Sarah joined the Digital Accessibility Office from the UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries, where she worked as the Content Strategy Librarian in the User Experience department. She has extensive experience with user research and content strategy.
She earned her Master of Science in Library Science from Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science.
Aleah is the senior graphic designer and creative director for the University Libraries Communications Office at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in visual strategy, marketing and brand management. She has a background in fine art and photography.
Aleah is a leading member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Digital Accessibility Liaisons leadership team. She is most experienced with digital accessibility in visual design, communications and social media.
Aleah earned her Master of Arts in Communications from the UNC School of Media and Journalism.