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Executive Committee on Digital Access

Student using assistive technology to review information on a computer screen.The University of Virginia is committed to ensuring equal access to all of its programs, activities, and services, in particular those communicated through electronic and information technology. In 2016, a pan-University committee--including representatives from the Academic Division, the College at Wise, and the Health System--was formed to effectively address this important civil rights issue. Early in its work, the Executive Committee identified an external subject matter expert--Level Access--to provide guidance and resources to support a multi-year, phased approach to the University's digital footprint. For more information about the Executive Committee on Digital Access, please click on a topic below.

Related to this initiative, there also is a Digital Accessibility Project (DAP).

University of Virginia Commitment to Digital Accessibility

The University, including the College at Wise and the Health System, is committed to ensuring equal access to electronic and information technology for members of our community with disabilities, whether they are students, faculty, staff, Medical Center employees, patients, or visitors. Our digital environment is vast and growing. As a result, providing equal access to our programs, services, and activities in this area requires a collaborative effort for us to be successful. An accessible digital environment means that individuals with disabilities are able to independently acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services within the same timeframe as individuals without disabilities, and with the same ease of use. Important aspects of our digital environment include our websites, learning management systems, online education environments, library services, online patient and employee services and trainings, course registration, videos, and athletics programming, as well as other auxiliary programs and services.

Executive Committee's Initial Charge

When the pan-University Committee was first formed during the 2016-2017 academic year, its charge included but was not limited to the following activities: a comprehensive third-party review of the University's digital environment; development of an action plan, with short-term and long-term goals; assistance with implementation of the action plan in the University's respective program and service areas; recommendations regarding necessary resources (e.g., staffing, technology, consultants) to effectively implement the action plan; review and recommendations for revisions to existing University policy, as needed; creation of a standing pan-University committee on Digital Access; and identification of training needs.

List of Executive Committee and Associated Workgroup Members

CO-CHAIRS:

  • Catherine Spear, Associate Vice President, University of Virginia Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights
  • Melvin Mallory, ADA Coordinator

OF COUNSEL:

  • Alison Landry, Associate University Counsel

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

  • Scott Bevins, Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Services, University of Virginia College at Wise
  • George DiGiacomo, Associate Dean and CIO, University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Virginia Evans, Chief Information Officer, University of Virginia Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Todd Goodale, Sr. Associate Athletics Director for External Services, UVA Department of Athletics
  • Jill Heinze, Director of User Experience, University of Virginia Library
  • Ronald Hutchins, Vice President, University of Virginia Office of the Vice President for Information Technology
  • Carol Keese, Associate Vice President for Marketing, University of Virginia Communications Office
  • Lori Kressin, Coordinator of Academic Accessibility, UVA Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Michael Marquadt, Chief of Staff, University of Virginia Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
  • John McHugh, Interim Director, University of Virginia Procurement and Diversity Services
  • Gary Nimax, Assistant Vice President for Compliance, University of Virginia Compliance Office
  • Don Reynard, Assistant Vice President, Custom Applications Consulting Services, UVA Info Technology Services
  • Robin Ruggaber, Director of Online Library Environments, University of Virginia Library
  • Carolyn Saint, Chief Audit Executive, University of Virginia Audit Department
  • Emily Eller, Communications Specialist, University of Virginia Human Resources
  • Derrick Stone, Director, University of Virginia Web Development Center
  • Whitney Wells, Director of Disability, University of Virginia College at Wise
  • Zachary Wheat, Director of Digital Communications, UVA College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Barbara Zunder,Director, University of Virginia Student Disability Access Center 

DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY PROJECT (DAP) WORKGROUP

  • Lori Kressin, Chair
  • Lori Benson,* Senior Web Designer/Developer, UVA Health System
  • Scott Bevins
  • Jill Heinze
  • Jonelle Kinback,* Senior Web Programmer, UVA University Communications
  • Corey Krall,* Web Designer/Developer, UVA Health System
  • Melvin Mallory
  • Kristi McKinney,* Web Specialist, UVA Wise
  • Lauren Moriarty,* Director, CMS Systems, Custom Applications and Consulting Services, ITS
  • Don Reynard; Robin Ruggaber; Dave Strite,* AVP for User Experience and Engagement, ITS
  • Derrick Stone
  • Zach Wheat

ACCESSIBILITY & PROCUREMENT WORKGROUP:

  • Lori Kressin, Chair
  • Scott Bevins
  • Annette Cyphers,* Director, Facilities Planning and Construction
  • Steve Heldreth,* Major Projects Manager, Procurement
  • Melvin Mallory
  • John McHugh
  • Kristi McKinney,* Web Specialist, UVA Wise
  • Jeff Moore,* Contract Administrator, Facilities Planning and Construction
  • Robin Ruggaber
  • Derrick Stone
  • Dave Strite,* AVP for User Experience and Engagement, ITS
  • Rob Tyler,* Associate University Counsel
  • Mike Warlick,* Senior Buyer, Procurement

[An asterick means Membership in Working Group only.]