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Access360

Moving Through Policy to Practice

Access360 offers a yearlong mentorship opportunity for cross-functional campus teams as they implement accessibility policies on a broad scale to effectively, efficiently and equitably serve students, employees, and community members. Participation in Access 360 will help campuses

  • create (or strengthen) how your cross functional team works collaboratively to ensure successful implementation of accessibility policies and practices on your campus;
  • find time, space, and generative structures so your team can identify achievable goals and a realistic plan;
  • provide scheduled support and accountability as your team moves through its plan to fully realize your campus goals.

Contact

Jess Thompson
Program Administrator, Accessible Technology Initiatives
jess.thompson@sbctc.edu
360-704-4327

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While most of Washington’s community and technical colleges now have accessibility policies in place (or in process), many are struggling to figure out how to reframe the work of accessibility while coming to see that Disability Support Services (DSS) is not the only office responsible for ensuring access to people with disabilities. While DSS works to ensure students with disabilities have the resources and support they need to succeed, campus wide accessibility is a responsibility of all offices and requires proactive work to ensure that our open door institutions are indeed open for anyone to attend and succeed. The problem becomes, how to integrate accessible practices and policies into all areas of campus work and activity.

Implementing an institutional approach requires:

  • Effective collaboration with multiple stakeholders on campus
  • Complex institutional navigation (shifting resources, understanding existing and future technological challenges and solutions, institutional politics)
  • A major paradigm shift away from accommodations as an individualized reactive process and towards access as an institutional and proactive process
  • Creation of tools for implementation, training, and assessment of the institutional approach

Many of our colleges are currently developing or discussing processes in which to evaluate and revise current practices and technologies. If your campus has developed an accessible technology policy, you know the substantial amount of time and consideration it takes to create a meaningful process and accompanying procedures to ensure accessibility and is also compatible with existing workflows. Once the policy is written and approved, the degree to which it is able to be successfully implemented requires inviting different stakeholders to the table.

Therefore, participation in Access360 will help your campus

  • create (or strengthen) how your cross functional team works collaboratively to ensure successful implementation of accessibility policies and practices on your campus;
  • find time, space, and generative structures so your team can identify achievable goals and a realistic plan;
  • provide scheduled support and accountability as your team moves through its plan to fully realize your campus goals.

This professional learning series promises the thing that money cannot buy — time and space to design, problem solve, and brainstorm with both experts who have successfully implemented accessibility policies at their institutions and with other college teams who are working towards the same outcome.

Additionally, participating colleges will serve as case-studies for SBCTC staff to learn what areas are in need of greater support from the State Board. By attending/observing team meetings and speaking with your accessibility workgroup/team members, SBCTC can better define how to support colleges as they implement accessibility policies.

Your cross-functional accessibility implementation team will participate as a team in two events and monthly meetings throughout 2018-2019. (Monthly meetings may be the team/workgroup’s standing meetings - we're hoping to complement the work you've already started or are in the process of starting on your campus.)

Additionally, we ask that each team use the GOALS Accessibility Benchmark and Planning Tool as a way to support consistent measures that can still be customized to reflect your institution’s needs and accomplishments. The GOALS self-survey will be used to gather a baseline measure of where your college is at in regards to accessible technology. While uncovering your current strengths and obstacles, the tool helps your team identify areas in need of greater support and offers resources to help you define an action plan based on your institutional needs. Once the year comes to a close you will complete a second review cycle, allowing you to identify the progress made over the course of the year. You can learn more about how the GOALS tool has been used to track progress in our system by reviewing the Access360 2017-18 Report.

Summer/Fall 2018

Jess Thompson from SBCTC will work with your college workgroup to complete a self-study using the GOALS Benchmark and Planning tool to help us design the kick-off convening November 1 - 2.

Fall 2018

Two day kick-off convening [dates coming] at Green River’s Kent Station Campus. Teams will learn from and work with both experts who have successfully implemented accessibility policies at their institutions and with other college teams who are working towards the same outcome.

Winter 2019

One to two team meetings with CATO representatives: CATO members will coordinate with you to visit with representatives of your team as you begin to implement your plan. In addition to checking in and seeing how things are going, we will collect information to help us responsively design the Spring 2018 convening.

Spring 2019

Two day Spring convening held at Green River’s Kent Station campus. Emphasis will be placed on affinity groups and clarifying needs and support at both the campus level and system.

Please review Access360 Grant Info for more details about participating in this opportunity. To get a sense of the work accomplished by last year’s Access360 cohort review the Summary Report.

The application to apply for next year’s Access360 grant will open in early August. In the meantime, colleges interested in participating can review the application criteria and questions in the Grant Info document in order to begin making preparations to apply.

Your team should consist, ideally, of six to eight people. Team make-up will vary, but we suggest a at least one person from the following areas: Information Technology, eLearning, Disability Support Services, Instruction, Public Information/Communications, and Business Affairs. Other suggestions include Library, Deans, Research, Human Resources, and/or someone who is charged with equity work on your campus. Additionally, we strongly recommend engaging executive level leadership in this work.

To learn more about the 2018-19 Access360 Application, review the Grant Guidelines.

 

 

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