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Hillsborough Community College Receives 2024 Teach Access Grant

07/01/2024

Tampa, Fla. – Teach Access announced the winners of the 2024-2025 Grants program on Thursday, May 16. Hillsborough Community College (HCC) computer science instructor in conjunction with the Digital Accessibility Committee (DAC), Michelle “Shelley” Stewart was one of the 25 recipients of the Teach Access Digital Accessibility Grant in the amount of $2,000.

Grant winners are instructors during the 2024-2025 academic year who incorporate a curriculum that impacts a student’s knowledge of accessibility concepts, skills and the ability to implement those principles into technology. To learn more, please visit teachaccess.org.

“Everyone should be able to access the world wide web,” said Shelley. “Teaching accessibility creates awareness among students that applying universal design for learning and achieving 100% accessibility is the right thing to do ethically, equity-wise and for full inclusion.”

The DAC strongly emphasizes accessibility and will utilize this grant to create course materials for students’ education on accessibility.

“I am honored to receive the Teach Access Grant,” said Shelley. “Accessibility is of the utmost importance, especially in our digital world. I will use this grant to create course materials that educate students on what accessibility is, how we enable it and its critical impact on all users. The goal is to share the products created with a wide audience throughout HCC, Canvas Commons and beyond through creative commons and Teach Access channels.”

Teach Access is a nonprofit 501©(3) organization collaborating with education, industry, government and disability advocacy organizations to address the critical need to enhance student’ understanding of digital accessibility as they learn to design, develop and build new technologies with the needs of people with disabilities in mind. Teach Access envisions a fully accessible future in which students enter the workforce with knowledge of the needs of people with disabilities and skills in the principles of accessible design and development, such that technology products and services are born accessible. To learn more, please visit teachaccess.org.

Hillsborough Community College serves more than 43,000 students annually at its five campuses located throughout Tampa Bay. For more information, visit hccfl.edu.

Hillsborough Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on
Colleges (SACSCOC)
 to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Hillsborough Community College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Hillsborough Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org). 

Visit hccfl.edu/accreditation for more information.

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