WCET's 29th Annual Meeting
After the Lawyers Leave: How Wichita State is Growing a Culture of Access

Speaker: , Director, Media Resources Center, Wichita State University
Speaker: , Manager Instructional Design and Technology, Wichita State University
Moderator: , Director of eLearning and Open Education and Coordinator of Accessible Technology Initiatives, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges


In response to a settlement with the National Federation of the Blind, Wichita State adopted new accessibility policies in spring, 2017. This presentation will detail the institutional responses that are now unfolding. Nearly everything the university does is having to be re-envisioned using a new lens. From educating the entire university community on accessibility, to the class-level responses necessary to conform to the university's accessibility policies, Wichita State has chosen to meet these challenges head-on. We are shifting to a culture of accessibility as a commitment to access for all students regardless of disability or other challenges. These changes have the potential to impact teaching and learning at a more fundamental level than any change in higher education since the first GI Bill.