USG Symposium

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About the Symposium

The USG and AMAC Accessibility Symposium will be held on November 1, 2016 from 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.
At this event, we will discuss Information and Communications Technology (ICT) accessibility in regards to institutional legal responsibilities, faculty and student success and overall good customer service.

This event is co-sponsored by the University System of Georgia (USG) and AMAC Accessibility Solutions. It is targeted to Presidents, Provosts, Vice Presidents, CIOs, and Compliance Officers who are responsible for recognizing and responding to ICT accessibility issues at their institutions. This includes accessibility compliance of academic and online courses, websites and web-based applications, as well as procured goods. Invitees include administrators from USG institutions and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). We are also inviting Directors of Teaching and Learning, Directors of Online Learning, Disability Services Providers and WAG Members.

Presenter Slides

Will be posted no later than Monday November 7, 2016 by noon (ET).
If you have questions about this event, please contact

Agenda and Resource Links

  • Welcome
    • Janet Sylvia, WAG Coordinator, AMAC and Moderator
    • Dr. Rob E. Anderson, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Policy, University System of Georgia (USG)
    • Dr. Joyce A. Jones, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, USG
    • Dr. G. P. 'Bud' Peterson, President, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Dr. Christopher Lee, Director, AMAC
    • Kimberly Ellis, Coordinator Special Populations, Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)
  • IT Accessibility: What Campus Leaders Have to Say (link to video; select YouTube version from this page)
  • Review of Legal Requirements, and Accessibility and Technology in an Evolving Legal Landscape
    • Manuel 'Mike' Galifianakis, ADA Coordinator for the Georgia State Financing & Investment Commission
  • Award: UPCEA South Award, Special Populations
    • Presented by Dr. Nelson Baker, Dean, Georgia Tech Professional Education to Dr. Christopher Lee, Director, AMAC
    • ICT Accessibility MOOC
  • Institutional Perspective
    • J. Denise Johnson-Marshall, ADA Compliance Coordinator, Office of Compliance Programs, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Basics of ICT Accessibility: Academic and Online Courses, Websites and Web-based Applications, Procurement
    • Janet Sylvia, WAG Coordinator, AMAC
    • Joy Kniskern, Strategic Development Initiatives, AMAC
  • Components of a Campus Accessibility Plan
  • Web Accessibility Group (WAG) for Higher Education
    • Janet Sylvia, WAG Coordinator, AMAC
  • Statewide Technical Assistance Center
    • Dr. Christopher Lee, Director, AMAC
  • Strategies for Institutional Implementation
    • Panel Discussion with Speakers and Presenters
  • Closing Comments
  • Mingle with the Experts


Presentation handouts and resources will be available after the event.