Virginia Higher Education Accessibility Partners, or VHEAP, was established in 2018 to promote collaboration and partnership between accessibility-focused professionals throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Looking at accessibility from a holistic perspective, events and resources supported and offered by VHEAP are broad, encouraging collaborative solutions. Our focus is on offering shared opportunities for those who are tasked with improving access to information and communications technology resources, those who focus on the built environment, and those who provide services for Virginians with disabilities. Our membership is comprised of individuals in higher education, public school systems, and executive branch offices reporting to the Governor.

 

Upcoming Events…

January 2023

Captioning Vendors Brown Bag Lunches
 

You are invited to a series of virtual brown bag lunch session during the first weeks of January 2023 to introduce you to the vendors participating in the new VHEAP Captioning Initiative. The vendors will provide information on the services they offer, demonstrate setting up accounts and using the services, and answer any questions you may have. Each session will be over the lunch hour, noon-1:00, and recorded. ASR Zoom live captioning will be available. Please let us know if you need other accommodations to participate in this event. The services and vendors offered through the VHEAP Captioning Initiative are available to all K-12, post-secondary, and state agencies within the Commonwealth. A list of dates and vendors will be posted soon.

March 3, 2023

The UnConference Is Back!
 

Hold the date! We are bringing the UnConference back bigger than ever! Make plans now to head to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. More information will be coming as plans finalize. Stay tuned!!

Need more info?

Please visit our Events page to access more information and resources for upcoming and past VHEAP events.

Latest News…

The VHEAP Captioning Initiative is now LIVE and ready to be used!

Through a combined effort of the VHEAP Captioning Committee, the Virginia Higher Education Procurement Consortium (VHEPC), and the University of Virginia (UVA), a new set of captioning agreements are now in place. Building on the initial work by George Mason University, these agreements offer advantageous pricing to participating state agencies, K-12 schools and districts, and post-secondary institutions.Services offered through the Initiative include live captioning (remote), live captioning (on-site), post-production captioning/transcription, and audio description.

 

Potentially Exciting Times In Richmond!

The 2023 General Assembly Session may prove to be very helpful to those in the digital accessibility world. Check out what the VHEAP Legislative & Governance Committee has been up to! Get ready, we will need everyone’s help to move this effort forward!

IT Security Folks Join the Accessibility Bandwagon

HECVAT 3.0x now includes accessibility language! (12/17/2021)

 

Interested in learning more about VHEAP?

  • For more information about the VHEAP organization, our goals, and mission, visit VHEAP Bylaws.
  • For information on how to contact members of the organizing committee and instructions to join the VHEAP Email List, visit the About VHEAP section of this website.
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