AccessAbility Summit

The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement strives to accomplish the fulfillment of the UT Dallas commitment to embrace, enhance and celebrate diversity at all levels of the University and our community through the efforts of faculty, staff, students, the executive leadership and community partnerships. UT Dallas aspires to be a leader in promoting diversity to reach the highest levels of excellence.

The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement in partnership with the Office of AccessAbility, Human Resources and Procurement are collaborating to address the educational needs and diversity challenges of the community with disabilities. Professionals from the community, faculty, staff, students and caregivers are invited to attend UT Dallas' first AccessAbility Summit. Discussions, information and resources will encompass accessibility standards in Texas and at UT Dallas, suggested accessibility best practices, and the need for the adoption of equal access throughout the University. Our goal is to create further awareness for affected individuals and educational entities alike and to create a partnership between, faculty, staff, students and the administration at UT Dallas.

The event will be held on October 13, 2014, and will encompass accessibility standards in Texas and at UT Dallas and includes a panel discussion, an overview of state accessibility laws and an update on the laws that require federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.

Speakers include:

Michael Thomas Michael Thomas, executive director of nonprofit My Possibilities and former program coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Britt Berrett Britt Berrett PhD'09, clinical professor in the Jindal School of Management, former president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and 2011 UT Dallas Distinguished Alumnus.

Panel Moderator:

Kristie Smith Kristie Smith, a national speaker for teaching educational strategies for the blind and has written and conducted trainings for American Printing House in Louisville, Kentucky.

The AccessAbility summit will take place from 9 am to 4 pm in the Davidson Auditorium (JSOM 1.118). Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Register online by October 6 at 11:59 pm.

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