Similar to other universities, McGill University’s websites are managed by a large, decentralized network of site mangers, many of whom have competing priorities to juggle and only a fraction of their work week to spend making web updates. Unsurprisingly, many have difficulty prioritizing web tasks, including taking time to improve site accessibility.

To help empower staff to treat accessibility-related updates with the upmost priority, we concluded that an institution-wide understanding of the importance of these requirements was needed. To that end, we’ve instigated an education and outreach strategy that places a strong emphasis on community.

We’ve organized a number of grassroots initiatives centred around accessibility, such as our community info-sessions, accessibility hackathon, our team of accessibility auditors managed and staffed by students and numerous connected working groups spread across various departments. Attend our presentation to hear about our efforts, the outcomes and lessons learned.