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Let’s talk, what are we required to do? What should we do?

Schools around the country are being sued because they have failed to provide accommodations to people with disabilities. Our schools have been pretty good in making facilities accessible. Our web teams have been working hard to make our web sites accessible, academic technology teams have been working hard to make on-line classes accessible. What have we been doing to make our classroom presentation systems and furniture accessible? Can an instructor with low vision or low or no hearing teach in your classrooms? Can a deaf or low hearing student or a low vision student learn in your classroom? What about someone in a wheel chair? The laws covering what we must do in new construction are pretty clear, what about a simple tech refresh? Does that fall under the new rules instituted in March 15, 2012? Do you know what those rules are? Should we do something even if we are not legally required to? Do you think it won’t happen to you? Do you think it is too expensive to comply? Do you have ideas you can share? St. Catherine University has taught American Sign Language for years, we have a number of deaf faculty members and are home to the Catie Center. We have always been sensitive to providing closed captioning in our classrooms. This was easy in the analog world but the digital world has made things a bit more difficult. I will share what we have been doing and solicit group discussion about what others are doing. I am not a lawyer or an expert in all things ADA. This presentation will be from the perspective of a technology manager struggling with insufficient funding and constant change.

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About the presenter:

Rodney Fillmore, St. Catherine University

Rodney Fillmore is the Assistant Media Manager at St. Catherine University in St. Paul Minnesota. He has been with St. Kate's since 2010. Prior to that he provided classroom technology support for St Paul Public Schools. Rodney has attended many of Extron's training courses and does the majority of the Extron control configuration at St. Kate's. He holds ITIL Foundations certification and CompTia A plus certification in desktop support. He has participated on the planning committee for the Midwest College and University AV Summit since it’s inception in 2014. His major role at St. Kate's is providing classroom technology support, keeping the existing infrastructure going and planning for the future.


Jason Spartz, St. Mary's University of Minnesota

Jason Spartz has long supported the academic technology initiative at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. First as a Media Technician, then as an Information Technology Manager, and currently he is the Director of Instructional Technology at the undergraduate college campus. With his technical background and strong understanding of faculty instructional needs and user experience expectations, he is excited for the transitioning challenges ahead in face-to-face, blended, and online learning environments. Specific areas of interest include the impact of technology on student learning and faculty instruction. Jason has a diploma in Audio Technology, B.S. in Information Technology, M.A. in Education, and is at the ABD stage toward an Ed.D in Educational Leadership.