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Portland Accessibility and User Experience Meetup (PDXAUX) - Accessible Technology in Higher Education

CrowdCompass by Cvent
308 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204, us (map)

Use entrance on SW 2nd Ave and take the elevators on the right side to the second floor.

Note: CrowdCompass is our event host. Many of our past events have been at Puppet; this one will be in the same building, but at CrowdCompass. Review the accessibility information of the venue and let us know if you have questions! The event is located on the 2nd floor; use the elevators on the right when entering from 2nd Ave.



Millions of individuals interface daily with colleges and universities throughout the Northwest region, as students, employees, and members of the public. Thousands of these individuals have disabilities that impact the tools and methods they use for accessing websites and information technologies.

How are colleges and universities in Portland and throughout the Northwest region handling this challenge? What strategies are they employing internally and through procurement to ensure their websites and information technologies are accessible? What can the rest of us learn from higher education's examples?

At the October meetup, we will explore these questions including strategies for getting buy-in. Terrill Thompson from University of Washington, Kaela Parks from Portland Community College, Emiluz Lopez from CollegeNET and Gabriel Merrell from University of Oregon will share their strategies, stories and experiences in an informal conversation about IT accessibility in higher ed.

CrowdCompass is our event host. They are graciously providing refreshments for this event! Review their accessibility information and let us know if you have questions.


• 6:00 gather/networking

• 6:30 panelists share their experience

• 8:00 time for Q&A and conversation

• 8-8:30 closing/networking

Our panelists:

Terrill Thompson - University of Washington

Kaela Parks - Portland Community College

Emiluz Lopez - CollegeNET

Gabriel Merrell - Oregon State University

See our Meetup page for bios on all of our presenters.