Communities of Practice

Accessible Technologies helps make connections between people interested building a more inclusive digital presence at the University.

Accessibility Professional Certification Grants

Consider applying today to become certified accessibility professionals.  The International Association for Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) offers the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) credentials. Through a grant from TLOS's Accessible Technologies group, awardees will receive membership in the IAAPonline exam prep training, and covered exam fees.  

Accessibility Network at VT

The Accessibility Network at Virginia Tech is a community of practice that brings together Hokies who share a common vision for enhancing digital accessibility across campus. The Network provides information, community, and training to support a wide variety of activities including advancing web accessibility, incorporating universal design practices, utilizing assistive technologies, and choosing accessible learning materials. 

The Network is open to all interested faculty, staff, and students. Meetings are hosted one Monday a month in Torgerson Hall from 9 to 11 a.m. with an option for remote participation. 

The Accessibility Network has four different subcommittees that focus on specific topics. The subcommittees meet twice a semester to identify areas of need and growth. 

  • Web Content Creators (Ensemble): focuses on incorporating accessibility into websites hosted by vt.edu, including following and sharing the Keep C.A.L.M. campaign principles.
  • Instructional (Canvas): focuses on the development and widespread usage of accessible teaching strategies and materials, with topics such as video for instruction and slide deck development
  • Media and Publications: focuses on incorporating universal design best practices into outreach materials for the public (social media/newsletters).
  • Web and Software Development: focuses on how to incorporate accessibility into digital products from a development standpoint. Familiarity with different coding languages, software packages, and so on would be beneficial for joining this subcommittee.

Interested in participating in the Accessibility Network and joining a community developing best practices in digital accessibility? Contact mnichol1@vt.edu for additional information. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome!

Brown Bag Lunches

The Digital Accessibility Brown Bag Lunch series hosts weekly sessions with a primary focus on web accessibility. The group attracts web designers, content creators, and developers, and functions independently from the Accessibility Network. Participants guide the topics for each meeting. There are now two weekly meetings: one on Wednesdays specifically geared towards accessibility evaluation methodologies, such as Trusted Tester and WCAG-EM; and one on Fridays dealing with more general topics in digital accessibility. Both meetings are from noon to 1 p.m. in Torgersen Hall Room 2020 or via Zoom (Meeting ID 100-287-242).

Campus Communities

Disability Alliance and Caucus

The Disability Alliance is a Registered Student Organization (RSO)  at Virginia Tech that collaborates with the Disability Caucus, which represents Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student concerns. These organizations provide a safe space for individuals with disabilities within our community and their allies to come together and engage in community building, mutual support, and disability activism. The community accepts the diversity of disability experiences and welcomes everyone with mental illnesses, physical, developmental, intellectual, and learning disabilities, chronic illnesses, and/or other hidden or visible disabilities to meet and work with them to bring accessibility to the forefront of conversations.

Share Your Story

Do you know an accessibility champion that deserves recognition? Is there someone you would like to give a shoutout to in the Virginia Tech community who utilizes universal design in their work? We want to celebrate this work across campus and highlight these stories publicly to showcase our community focus on accessibility.