Accessibility Committee Progress Report
The Accessibility Committee was formed in 2019 and consists of various members and stakeholders across the university. View the Committee Members and learn more about our Strategic Goals. This website was created to keep the Fordham community updates on progress and accomplishments to help make the university a fully accessible institution.
To focus on specific areas of need, we created subcommittees to work in smaller groups:
- Academia (Faculty/Ed)
- Web and Resource access
- Accessibility Communication Group
- Access and Culture
- Technology and Equipment
- Campus and Facilities
Committee members continued work as advocates and worked on accessibility issues in their area.
Collaboratively worked on writing a proposal to address specific Accessibility needs. The committee is working with key stakeholders to discuss implementing accessibility training and awareness programs.
The Committee partners with the University's Online Communications team and the Educational Technology team to assist students, faculty, and staff with ensuring their web content is accessible. Learn more about Web Accessibility, Accessible PDFs, and other Accessibility Resources.
Implementation of Accessibility Tools and Enhancements:
- Closed Captioning / Transcripts - Google Meet, Otter.ai, MS Teams, Zoom
- CART - TotalCaption
- Panopto - captioning / VoiceThread - captioning
- Bb Ally / SensusAccess / Virtualized Access to Acrobat DC on Apporto
University-wide Accessibility Training
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) awarded Fordham a grant through the new “Enhancing Supports and Services for Students with Disabilities for Postsecondary Success (SWDPS)” program.
This grant will allow the University to provide accessibility workshops to faculty, students, and staff. The University partnered with Dr. Auriel Watson, an expert in educational leadership to conduct these workshops.
The Office of Human Resources Management and the Accessibility Committee wants to thank the Office of Government Relations and Urban Affairs for its support in obtaining this grant.
Dr. Auriel Watson bio
Dr. Watson is an educational consultant supporting K-12 school leaders and teachers in New York and New Jersey. In addition to leadership and instructional coaching, she conducts school evaluation visits nationwide. Dr. Watson began her career as a middle school English and Special Education Teacher while working as the Director of Special Education and English Language Learner. After obtaining her doctoral degree, she served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at a turnaround middle school in the South Bronx. She later served as the school principal of the same school. She successfully led that team through a school turnaround. She received a full state renewal (good standing) from the State University of New York (SUNY).
In addition, she served as a High School Assistant Principal and a High School Principal. While working as a high school Assistant Principal and completing her school building (SBL) and school district leader (SDL) licenses, she received an offer to lead a high school in Harlem, New York. Dr. Watson led her high school team through the school renewal process and received a five-year renewal through SUNY. In the same school year, 100% of her graduating class also received 100% college acceptances from three or more colleges of their choice. Dr. Watson holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, a dual Master's Degree in General and Special Education, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Curriculum and Instruction). She is also a New York State certified teacher with teaching licenses in general and special education grades 5-9, School Building (SBL), and District Leader License (SDL).