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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

March 26: Legislative Update and Recap 11:30-12:30
April 30: K-12 Assistive Technology Supports & Services 11:30-12:30
May 31st / 2024 VHEAP UnConference – SAVE THE DATE!
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…


Verbit Moving to High Volume Pricing!

We’re thrilled to announce a significant update in our pricing structure for our VHEAP partners. As our user community continues to expand and the demand for cutting-edge transcription and captioning solutions soars, we’re adapting to meet your needs even better.

Visit the Verbit Captioning page to review our new pricing structure.

VHEAP Board of Directors Awards

The VHEAP Board of Directors would like to recognize good work by asking our members to nominate worthy individuals or groups here. Further details:

  • Open to VHEAP members across the Commonwealth in K-12, Higher Ed, and State Agencies.
  • 3 awards available: Trail Blazer, Spotlight, and Excellence
  • Nomination Deadline: May 1st, 2024, by 5:00pm
  • Awards will be selected by the VHEAP Board members distributed at the UnConference in the spring.
    VHEAP Board Members are not eligible for nomination.​

The VHEAP Captioning Initiative is available and ready to be used!

Check out the price reductions from Verbit and 3Play!

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: 3/7/2024)

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.