Professional Development

Now is the time to build your skillset and general knowledge around accessibility!


Are you looking for opportunities to network with peers and learn more about disability and accessibility? Take a look at the national and regional conferences as well as training and certification opportunities listed below. 

Do you need guidance on creating or refreshing position descriptions for a focus on accessibility? The following resources will guide developing and redefining position descriptions to help build internal capacity around accessibility: 

National & International Conferences


(Updated March 18, 2024 - If you are aware of other conferences that should be included, please send information to [email protected])


March 18-24: CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

Anaheim Marriot: Anaheim, CA

April 8-9: 24th Annual Multiple Perspective On Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference

The Ohio State University

May 13-17: Web4All 2024


May 6-8: National ADA Symposium


May 13-16: John Slatin AccessU Conference

Virtual and In-Person / St. Edwards Univ: Austin, TX

Late Spring: Empower Disability in Business Conference

Washington D.C.

June 9-12: National ADA Symposium

Hilton Minneapolis: Minneapolis, MN

June 14: Accessibility Summer Camp 2024


June 26-29: HLAA 2024 Convention / Hearing Loss Association of America

Phoenix, AZ: Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

June 26-28: International Conference on Education Quality, focusing on UDL

University of Worcester, UK

July 15-19: AHEAD Equity & Excellence Access in Higher Education

Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor; Baltimore, Maryland

July 15-18: Disability:IN Annual Conference & Expo

Virtual and in-person; Las Vegas, NV

July 29-31: CAST UDL-Con: International

Virtual and in-person: Hyatt Regency / Sacramento, CA

July 30: HighEdWeb Accessibility Summit


Week of Aug 26: ISLAND: Inclusion in Science Learning a New Direction - A Conference on Disability and STEM

Tampere, Finland

August 29-September 2: Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD)

Hyatt Regency Downtown; Seattle, WA

September 22-25: HighEdWeb 2024 Annual Conference

Virtual and In-Person / Albuquerque, New Mexico

October 9-10: WordPress Accessibility Day 2024


October 15-17: M-Enabling Summit

Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel: Arlington, VA

October 15-17: Mid-Atlantic ADA: Inclusive Hospitality and Tourism

Hotel Du Pont: Wilmington, DE

October 21-24: EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

In-Person / San Antonio, TX

November 11-15: Accessing Higher Ground

Virtual and In-Person / Hilton Denver City Center; Denver, CO

November 13-14: EDUCAUSE Annual Conference


December 4-5: Sight Tech Global


TBD: 3rd Annual Web Accessibility in Mind Conference (WebAIM)


TBD: ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium

Virtual & In-Person / American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC




January: ATiA 2025 Conference

Virtual and In Person: Orlando World Center Marriott: Orlando, FL

March 7-15: SXSW Conference

Austin, TX

TBD: 2025 ATHEN Virtual STEM Accessibility Conference

Virtual (UVA is an institutional member of ATHEN so there is no cost for the UVA community to attend)

TBD: Deque axe-con 2025


TBD: 2025 Microsoft Ability Summit


Online Education and Certification Opportunities

Training Opportunities Available At UVA:

Digital Accessibility Training


Certification Opportunities:

IAAP Organizational Member Logo

International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) Certification Programs

Current Training Opportunities For Certification Available Through IAAP



UVA has an institutional membership for IAAP. This level of membership offers:

  • a limited number of complimentary certification exam vouchers
  • discounted and free access to professional development training opportunities

If you are interested in enrolling in our membership and/or using one these certification testing vouchers, contact the Coordinator of Academic Accessibility.

Information Accessibility Design & Policy - Professional Certificate

College of Applied Health Sciences / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Assistive Technology Certificate Program / Certificate of Advanced Professional Development

Center on Disabilities / California State University - Northridge

JAWS® and ZoomText® Certification

Freedom Scientific


Online Education Opportunities:


Trusted Tester and ICT Testing Baseline

Section 508 / US Access Board

WebAIM Accessibility Training

Utah State University; Institute for Disability Research, Policy, and Practice

The Chang School Digital Accessibility Teaching and Learning Resources

Ryerson University; Digital Accessibility Training at The Chang School of Continuing Education

W3C/Introduction to Web Accessibility

W3Cx (The World Wide Web Consortium)

Accessibility Training

Section 508 / GSA Government-wide IT Accessibility Program

Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education

Coursera & CU-Boulder

An Introduction to Accessibility and Inclusive Design

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Self-Paced Accessibility Courses

California Community Colleges / Accessibility Center

Creating More Accessible Documents / Karlen Communications Training

Karen McCall 

Master of Science in Disability Services in Higher Education

CUNY School of Professional Studies

Master of Science in Assistive Technology Engineering

Tseng College / California State University - Northridge

Master of Science in Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services

Tseng College / California State University - Northridge



Local & Regional Events: Upcoming Opportunities & Information From Past Events

Past Events

(If you need any of the following materials in an alternative format, email [email protected].)

More resources and information on UDL-focused events can be found on the UDL@UVA Speaker Series website. 

VHEAP UnConference 

UVA Student Health & Wellness Center 

Friday, May 31, 2024

Encountering Disability in a Post-COVID University

Elizabeth Ellcessor: Staying Afloat in a Sea of Accommodations

March 22, 2024

UDL @ UVA: A Day With Lillian Nave

Supporting UVA's Diverse Students with UDL-Inspired Design Thinking

October 2, 2023

A Day With Eve Hill

October 3, 2022

Sponsored by the Accessibility Partners Group @ UVA and the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).

A Noted expert on disability law and partner at Brown Goldstein & Levy, Ms. Hill presented "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Disability Discrimination and the Americans with Disabilities Act But Were Afraid to Ask" and "Disability Rights, Disability Justice, and Disability Inclusion" during two sessions.

Captioning in the COVID-19 Era

August 12, 2020


UVA Health Sciences Library: Visualizing Information and Data in 20/20 

Thursday, March 5, 2020


Lunch & Learn: Captioning

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The presentation is available via Google Slides

Vendors mentioned during the presentation:

Resources mentioned during the presentation:

Peer-To-Peer Digital Accessibility Workshop

Materials from the workshop held August 7, 2019