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SAVE THE DATE: May 31, 2024

2024 VHEAP UnConference at UVA – Stay tuned for more info!!!

November 28, 2023: Lunch & Learn / 11:30-12:30 (ET)

Chat GPT & Generative AI: What is it, How are our Students Using it, and What does it Mean for Accessibility?

Zoom Registration Link: https://gmu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctce6orjIoHtcdLFGHNICQEjpNTFVwnEQP

Speaker: Chris Parthemos, Assistant Director of Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity at VCU

Description: It’s hard to scroll through the news these days without hearing a new update or opinion piece about Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT. In higher education, it is already becoming a hot topic around academic integrity, academic rigor, and more. But what does it mean for us as access professionals? Are there circumstances in which access to generative AI like Chat GPT could become an Accommodation? 

In this session, the presenter will give an overview of what ChatGPT and similar programs are, what some of the risks associated with their use may be, how universities around the country are beginning to adjust to these tools, and how students are beginning to use them. With the remaining time, we will have an opportunity to open the floor to questions, discussion, and opportunities to share thoughts on this incredibly pressing topic in education.

Zoom Registration Link: https://gmu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctce6orjIoHtcdLFGHNICQEjpNTFVwnEQP


This fall, VHEAP will be introducing a new LUNCH & LEARN Series!

VHEAP will be extending the spirit of the UnConference to host a series of informal discussions on a wide range of accessibility-related topics. Take a break from the daily grind and join us for lunch. Come and network, receive some free professional development, or maybe just visit to bounce a new idea off of someone. Sessions will range from 30-60 minutes depending on the topic. A sampling of topics are listed below:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • SCHEV Accommodation Guidelines Updates
  • The Intersection of Assistive Technology & Information Technology
  • Debrief on DOJ’s Proposed 504 Regs
  • Creating Accessible Documents (Word, PPT, and PDF)
  • VHEAP Legislative Updates
  • Practical Approaches to Access in K-12
  • Updates to Virginia’s Information Technology Access Act
  • Universal Design for Learning

Dates and times will be posted soon!

Other 2023 Fall Events

If you have suggestions, please send them to the Board of Directors or to the full membership at vheap@virginia.edu!

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