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Virginia Higher Education Accessibility Partners, or VHEAP, a member-driven organization 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.

Mission Statement of the Organization

The Virginia Higher Education Accessibility Partners group is comprised of professionals within the disability and accessibility fields and directed by an elected Board of Directors. Though focused primarily on higher education, the organization invites participation and membership from all areas within the Commonwealth who work to advance accessibility across all levels of education, and from various state agencies whose mission is to advocate and provide support for individuals with disabilities. The broad mission of VHEAP is to provide guidance and serve an advocacy role to advance greater inclusion and participation of individuals with disabilities in education and employment opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned as the agenda of events for the upcoming academic year is finalized! Check back often…
If you have a suggestion for an event, please let the BOD know by sending them an email.

Need more info?

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

Need information from your peers or want to announce a position opening?

The VHEAP membership email address is ready for you to use! It is open to all members and is intended to be used as place for discussion. 


Latest News…


The VHEAP Captioning Initiative is available 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.


(Info Updated: 7/18/2024)

Interested in learning more about VHEAP?

  • Membership in VHEAP is FREE and occurs any time you attend one of our events. You can also join by simply subscribing to our membership mailing list.
  • For more information about the VHEAP organization, our goals, and mission, visit VHEAP Bylaws.
  • For information on how to contact members of the Board of Directors, visit the About VHEAP section of this website.