Coordinator of Academic Accessibility (COAA)

Michelle Miles a UVA student interested in film and multimedia

Michelle Miles a UVA student Interested in film and multimedia. Read her story in UVA Today (March 18, 2016).

"As a part of the academic mission of the University, we must ensure that all members of the UVA community, those seeking to become part of our community, guests of the University, and the general public are able to read, understand, and use our online content and applications."

– Archie Holmes, Jr., Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

The Role of the Coordinator of Academic Accessibility (COAA)

Working to ensure accessibility for all to the academic experience at UVA is the primary focus of the COAA. This is accomplished through a variety of means including:

  • Increasing the use of universal design concepts in all aspects of academic work
  • Identifying and disseminating best practices for increasing academic accessibility through investments in assistive technologies
  • Collaborating with specific schools and departments on initiatives designed to increase awareness and implement practices related to academic accessibility

Coordinating Grounds-wide efforts to analyze current needs, identify opportunities for progress, and recommending priorities to University leadership are also part of the charge for this office.