WEB20: Accessibility: Legal Issues & Design Strategies for Certificate Programs & Certification Exams


On-demand Webinar Coming Soon



Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, any organization that offers or develops certification and assessment-based certificate programs must be aware of, understand, consider, and ensure their programs and policies and procedures align to accessibility standards and guidelines appropriately for candidates and certificants with disabilities. As a practical matter, what measures are needed to meet accessibility requirements may change as technology evolves and as widely-accepted industry benchmarks for accessible design, such as the WCAG 2.0 standards, gain broader acceptance. 

As program providers begin to react to the increasing demand to offer accessible programs, there are many questions left unanswered and exceptions to be unpacked.

This on-demand webinar brings together the insights of a psychometrician, test development manager, instructional design consultant, and an attorney experienced in certification law and ADA accessibility to discuss the challenges associated with addressing accessibility for assessment-based certificate programs and certification/licensure exams.



Member price: $90

Non-member price: $135


Discussion Leaders


Audry Hite, WAS, Amazon Web Services

Audry is Certification Program Manager for Strategic Initiatives with Amazon Web Services, leading research efforts for a world leader in innovation and disruptive technology. Prior to joining AWS, Audry was Manager of Test Development at Ascend Learning where she developed high-stakes accredited certification exams, learning products, and assessment-based certificate exams. Her primary focus is bias reduction, accessibility, and fairness.

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Julia Judish, JD, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Julia Judish is Special Counsel with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Employment and Nonprofit Organizations practices, with over two decades of experience serving as a trusted advisor on all facets of the employment relationship and on nonprofit governance. Julia regularly advises certification organizations on legal compliance, credentialing, governance, ethics and disciplinary codes, ADA accessibility, fiduciary duties, and related areas. Julia is a co-author, with Jerry Jacobs, of the Due Process and ADA chapters of the Certification and Accreditation Law Handbook (3rd ed.), and is also a co-author with Jerry Jacobs and Dawn Crowell Murphy of the Certification Law chapter of the ICE Handbook (3rd ed.). She also serves on ASAE's Legal Advisory Council. Julia graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and has received multiple honors for excellence in legal services.

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Christine Mills, PhD, Ascend Learning

Dr. Mills has worked in the field of psychometrics implementing program and validation study designs for K12, college admissions and health care assessment programs for more than a decade. She has been instrumental in leading work for clients and teams of psychometricians to implement modern test designs and to complete studies necessary to provide evidence of validity for assessment score use. She has presented and published work on the use of computers and other electronic devices in testing and transitioning assessment programs computer adaptive methods. During her career she has also implemented the use of artificial intelligence scoring for computer-based tests, and completed work validating the use of AI models in scoring high stakes tests. 

Michelle Nolin, CPTD, Learn Ethos LLC

Michelle is an ATD-Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD), learning strategist, technology geek, and award-winning instructional designer and medical writer with more than 25 years of experience in her field. She is the founder and visionary behind Learn Ethos: a revolutionary learning and development company dedicated to creating adult learning experiences that ENGAGE, ENCHANT, and INSPIRE.

She was an active member of ICE’s Assessment-Based Certificate Accreditation Committee (ACAC), from inception shortly after the Standard was initially published in 2010 thru 2017, when she stepped down to chair the Main Committee overseeing the update. During that time, she helped to establish the accreditation application and pathway, developed Guidance Documents on instructional design and other documentation to assist applicants, and served as an application reviewer (and trainer of new reviewers onboarding onto the ACAC). Michelle has led multiple pre-conference workshops and presentations on assessment-based certificate programs, adult learning, and instructional design at the ICE Exchange, as well as educational webinars throughout the year. She was also the instructional designer and programming lead on the Foundations of Assessment-based Certificate Programs and the Fundamental Topics in Certification online courses.


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