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Introducing the first UCOP Accessibility Champion Award recipients

The UCOP IT Accessibility Work Group is charged with advocating for accessibility, implementing web accessibility standards and providing accessibility education and training to UCOP staff. Accessibility Champions are UCOP employees nominated by the work group for their demonstrated commitment to ensuring that UCOP websites are accessible to people with disabilities.

Congratulations to the following employees who have been named UCOP Accessibility Champions in our inaugural cohort.

Larissa Branin, multimedia director

Larissa, who recently left UCOP, was an accessibility leader even before there was an accessibility policy, captioning the videos she produced for UCOP and advocating for captioning across the UC communications teams. Her support of accessibility has been essential in ensuring that everyone can use and access UCOP websites.

Gina Durrin, administrative analyst

The Academic Personnel and Programs (APP) team manages some of the most-visited pages and documents on Gina has helped her team ensure that this vital content is updated to meet web accessibility guidelines. We appreciate her efforts in being an accessibility champion by addressing document accessibility issues, and developing publishing schedules that allow sufficient time for accessibility review.

Josh Meltzer, senior counsel

Josh quickly stepped up to become well versed in all sorts of accessibility issues, particularly web accessibility. It is obvious that he truly cares about this work. He has always made himself available to the work group and continues to be a fantastic accessibility partner. We couldn’t have handled many of the inquiries we received without his expertise.

UCOP Accessibility Champions can be identified by the following email signature badge:

Accessibility Champion

To nominate a colleague who promotes web accessibility, email Yvonne Tevis with their name and a brief explanation of why they are an Accessibility Champion.

Accessibility training classes

To learn more about accessibility, please attend one of the following training events:


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