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).

"The University aspires to be a place in which all faculty, students, and staff are active participants in its work, where those groups historically excluded from participation in University life are present in numbers that prevent isolation of the spirit and of the mind, and where each individual is conscious of the many ways in which she or he contributes uniquely to the creation and dissemination of knowledge that enhances the well-being of our community, our state, our nation, and the world."

– Thomas C. Katsouleas, Executive Vice President and Provost

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.