Thank you for your interest in the Inclusive Technology Assessment Strategies for Higher Ed webinar. In this panel discussion we partner with representatives from George Mason University and University of Central Florida and explore how to infuse your next-generation inclusive technology with best practices for streamlined deployment and strategic assessment.

You will learn:

  • Successful accessibility inspection initiatives at UCF
  • Testing 3rd-party publishing applications
  • Practical multimedia course accessibility models


Kara Zirkle has over 15 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She has worked at George Mason University as the IT Accessibility Coordinator for 8 years. She works to ensure that Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 compliance laws are incorporated.

Jacob Bates is the Techrangers Team Lead at the Center for Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Jacob has been a web developer for the last 12 years, and is well-versed in front-end and back-end web technologies. He leads a team of 13 part-time student developers to assist instructors with course creation, accessibility accommodations, and custom interactive content.

Brad Held has been the Accessible Technology Coordinator for the Student Accessibility Services office at University of Central Florida (UCF) for the past three years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Biotechnology at the University of Georgia in 2006. Prior to arriving at UCF, Brad worked in Assistive Technology for almost ten years. He is certified in Assistive Technology Applications.

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