Monday, October 19th 1-3pm Presentation

Title: Disability Services: How our lenses influence our practice with students 1-2:20pm


Mary Gerard, Director of Accessibility Resources, Bellingham Technical College &
Jon McGough, Director of Disability Access Center, Western Washington University

Mary Gerard, M.Ed. is the Director of Accessibility Resources at Bellingham Technical College. In her previous career, Mary was a Medical Technologist at the University of Michigan Medical Center Flow Cytometry Lab. Mary finished out the 2020 year as past President of the Washington State Disability Support Services Council (DSSC) and is also a past President of the Washington Association on Postsecondary Education and Disability (WAPED). She has over twelve years’ experience in higher education disability education and accommodation provision. Mary’s practice intentionally creates an environment where students with disabilities engage in their disability identity development, enhancing students’ self-efficacy and self-advocacy in college and beyond. She pioneered the BTC Accessibility Team in 2012, a cross-campus constituency of those committed to the work of disability allyship.

Jon McGough, M.Ed. is Director of the Disability Access Center at Western Washington University and serves as a consultant to Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. He was previously at University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University before that. Jon served on the Board of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education and is a past President of the Washington Association on Postsecondary Education and Disability. He has over 10 years’ experience in disability resource work in Higher ed. Jon’s adventures in disability services began on a construction crew specializing in custom home modifications for people with disabilities and evolved into a career of disability rights and advocacy work.


This presentation will cover a practical overview of important content for new disability service providers.  The presenters will cover topics including establishing policies and procedures, building safe spaces for personal conversations with students, common compliance pitfalls, and helpful reminders that this work is important!  There will be some time for Q & A, as well as opportunity to learn from other seasoned colleagues in the field.


Title: Is it accessible? Using ANDI and NVDA to take a quick glance at the accessibility of a web resource 2:20-3pm


Doug Hayman, IT Accessibility Coordinator, Information Technology, Olympic College &
Zach Lattin, Campus IT Accessibility Coordinator , Disability Support Services, Clark College


The presenters of this session will show the lay person some quick and easy methods to skim a web resource to identify possible accessibility issues their students may encounter. ANDI stands for Accessible Name and Description Inspector. It is a bookmarklet that can be easily added to your web browser then activated while on a web page to inspect links, buttons, structures and so on to determine if there are accessibility issues. Doug will take us through about a 20-minute tour of ANDI. Following that, Zach will show us what the nvda screen reader would encounter on the same pages that provides a great auditory experience comparing an accessible and inaccessible page.