To further explore and promote accessibility in higher education, the Digital Accessibility team and CLT are thrilled to extend an invitation to our accessibility LunchVox event on September 25th, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. At this event, you will hear from people who have navigated access barriers and studied with disability at ANU and beyond.
This event aims to bring together students, educators and professional staff to unpack some of the equity and accessibility pillars of the ANU Learning and Teaching Strategy, to heighten awareness of accessibility requirements in higher education and to discuss innovative approaches and best practices for creating an inclusive learning environment.
As academics, educators and teaching support staff, you play a significant role in shaping the learning experience of our diverse student cohorts. Embracing accessibility ensures compliance with current legislation and reflects an essential aspect of your professional responsibility. By creating an inclusive learning environment, you ensure that every student has equal opportunities to excel, regardless of their background or abilities.
Please join us: your insights and contributions will be an invaluable addition to this important conversation.
Professor Maryanne Dever (opens an ANU website) is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education & Digital) and is the key driver of our Learning and Teaching Strategy. Maryanne’s extensive experience in local and international higher education includes expertise in gender and feminist studies, with a focus on digital education. Maryanne has championed equity, inclusion and accessibility in Learning and Teaching at ANU through the strategy and through the work she has done on the Digital Master Plan.
Meet our panel
Santiago Velasquez (opens LinkedIn) is completing an Electrical Engineering degree at a Queensland university. He will likely be the first visually impaired graduate of this degree in Australia. His journey has been challenging. While his story is positive, it is also insightful to the efforts he and his university have made to ensure his study success. Ted talker, keynote speaker, Churchill scholar and promoter of human rights for young people with disabilities, it will be our pleasure to host this wonderful keynote speaker.
Cameron Roles (opens an ANU website) is a Senior Law Academic with an expertise in Labour and Discrimination Law. He has been working in the ANU academy for 18 years. Cameron is a strategic asset to our digital accessibility work and brings a depth of lived experience to promoting accessibility at ANU, especially in Learning and Teaching. Cameron is also Director on the Board of Vision Australia.
Tabitha Woo is a low-vision 4th year Law and International Relations undergraduate student at ANU. Tabitha grew up in Perth, Western Australia, surrounded by an incredible community of diverse low vision young people. She brings her unique experience of being an ANU student with a disability, providing context for the future development of digital accessibility. She is dedicated to building a diverse community of people with disabilities to feel supported at ANU.