Transforming Accessibility Initiative

MISSION

The Transforming Accessibility Initiative (TAI) is a collaborative of individuals and teams dedicated to inclusion and access for individuals with disabilities. TAI offers expertise, assistance, and resources to plan or otherwise support high-impact events. TAI strives to elevate the conversation around disability and foster a more universal culture of inclusion and accessibility within institutions of learning and across our society. 

VISION

TAI will foster collaborations and elevate the conversation around disability and accessibility through its commitment to:

  • Establishing partnerships with potential stakeholders within VCU, across the greater-Richmond community, and with our nationwide peers.
  • Planning and/or supporting high-impact events designed to highlight best practices, innovations, and thought leaders in the field of disability supports.
  • Identifying and mentoring the next generation of leaders in accessibility and disability supports. 
  • Engaging in conversations around access and inclusion with the highest levels of leadership both in and out of the higher education setting.

TAI COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Ian Kunkes 
TAI Founder & Co-Chair
Director, Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity

Crystal C. Coombes
TAI Founder & Co-Chair
University Accessibility Administrator, Serving as the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, Equity and Access Services

Megan McDermott
Administration Coordinator, Equity and Access Services

Chelsea R. Gray
Paralegal, Equity and Access Services

Kristian Carden
Access Specialist - Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity

Corie Forrest
EIT Accessibility Coordinator and Senior Developer, Web Services

Casey Gagliardi
Student Representative