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Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion Harvard and MIT Are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions

by John Siegel on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 02:56 pm

[Thanks to Adina Mulliken for passing this along...]

Lewin, T. (2015, February 12). Harvard and M.I.T. Are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions.  New York Times. 

[Thanks to Adina Mulliken for passing this along...]

Lewin, T. (2015, February 12). Harvard and M.I.T. Are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions.  New York Times. 

Retrieved on Feb 13, 2015 from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/education/harvard-and-mit-sued-over-failing-to-caption-online-courses.html?_r=0

Have a nice weekend!

Regards,
John

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Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion White Paper on Discoverability, Including Accessibility

by John Siegel on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 07:13 pm

SAGE put out a white paper on discovery of scholarly content in academic libraries. There are interesting questions and findings on accessibility on pp. 8-9. Although it was a small study, about 23% of respondents indicated that their libraries required compliance with accessibility standards for licenses and 44% did not know.
 
Here is a link to the paper: http://ow.ly/HLe5p

As an aside, there was an in-booth presentation and discussion of the results at Midwinter.

Regards,
John

SAGE put out a white paper on discovery of scholarly content in academic libraries. There are interesting questions and findings on accessibility on pp. 8-9. Although it was a small study, about 23% of respondents indicated that their libraries required compliance with accessibility standards for licenses and 44% did not know.
 
Here is a link to the paper: http://ow.ly/HLe5p

As an aside, there was an in-booth presentation and discussion of the results at Midwinter.

Regards,
John

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John Siegel, MLS | Library Instruction Coordinator/Reference Librarian-Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Ottenheimer Library | Collections & Archives |
501.682.3536 | jxsiegel@ualr.edu | ualr.edu/library

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Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion FREE Webinars from Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC)

by John Siegel on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 06:54 pm

FYI...

 
Forwarding a list of free webinars from Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC)....
 
Free Webinars - Younger

FYI...

 
Forwarding a list of free webinars from Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC)....
 
Free Webinars - Younger

Communication Technology for Toddlers fron Ability Tools 
Wednesday, February 18th10AM Pacific. 1PM Eastern
 


Free Webinars - K-12 & Adults

Switch Assessment, Part 1: for clients with muscle weakness from AbleNet
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 9am Pacific, Noon Eastern 

Accessible Educational Materials in 2015: The Basics from AEM
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern 

Google Apps and Extensions for Assistive Technology from GA Tools for Life
Thursday, February 12 2015, Noon Pacific, 3pm Eastern

Overview of Switch Control on iOS Devices from AbleNet
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 12:00pm CST - 60 minutes

Fine Motor and Sensory Apps for the iPad: Inexpensive and Free! GA Tools for Life
Thursday February 19 2015, Noon Pacific, 3pm Eastern

AEM in the IEP: Who Needs Accessible Materials and Where Do They Fit? Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Noon Pacific, 3pm Eastern 

Fun Activities using Basic Switch Technology from AbleNet
Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern  - 30 minutes

K-12 Teachers may also want to look at the 13 other webinars from the Special Ed. Technology Center in WA, mainly held at 3:30 PM Pacific, 6:30 PM Eastern. Topics include joystick access to an iPad, low tech, Geometer’s Sketchpad, and AAC.
 


Free Webinars - Older Adults
 

Rapid Access Communication Tools from the ALS Association
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern
 


Newly Archived Professional Development

iPad and the Struggling Writer from ISTE

The Transformative Power of iPad in the Inclusive Music Making Setting from ISTE

Demystifying AAC from Avaz (YouTube) Slides available as well.

Apps to Support a Successful Transition from MATN

OCALI on Demand has a searchable database of webinars on AT and Autism,  Low-Incidence Disabilities, Transition, and UDL.
 


Click here to like us on Facebook which is where we post late additions to the webinar calendar. And share your own AT news!

The Accessible Technology Coalition is a volunteer project, started with ARRA funds through the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF).

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Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion Free Webinar: Assistive Technology in Libraries (TechSoup for Libraries)

by John Siegel on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 06:49 pm

 [Forwarded by Jim Tobias]

Please join us for the following free webinar on assistive technology implementation in public libraries:

Inclusive Information Access: Assistive Technology in Action

 [Forwarded by Jim Tobias]

Please join us for the following free webinar on assistive technology implementation in public libraries:

Inclusive Information Access: Assistive Technology in Action

Wednesday, Feburary 18, 11:00AM-12:00PM PST

Registration link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/dcyv8rjmj2m1&eom

 

Does your library technology accommodate users with disabilities? From public access technology to online resources, libraries must be sensitive to the needs of all users, especially those who may not be able to fully access information using traditional technology.

Join us for this free webinar to learn what libraries have done to create a more inclusive technology environment. Assistive technology is the software, peripherals, and specialized devices that help connect disabled individuals with information and communication. Hear how these libraries have played a key role in allowing disabled patrons to fully participate in and benefit from digital technology.

  • Nancy Murillo is Director of the Pittsburg - Camp County Library (TX), where she recently implemented a new all-in-one assistive technology computer in partnership with the East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind.
  • Clay Ragan is the Director of the Computer Training Bridge at the Forsyth County Library (NC), where they have assistive technology stations located in branches throughout the system.

Note: This webinar will be recorded and archived on the TechSoup for Libraries website. Please register to receive an email notification when the archive is available.

Questions? Email me at cschimpf@techsoupglobal.org


Crystal Schimpf

Webinar Producer

TechSoup for Libraries

cschimpf@techsoupglobal.org

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Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion Virtual Meeting Minutes (January 21) - ACRL/ASCLA/LITA Accessibility Interest Groups

by John Siegel on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 03:55 pm

Attached please find the minutes from the virtual meeting held January 21. If there are corrections, please let me know.

My apologies for delay. I just had the time today to compile and write them up.

For those of you at Midwinter: Enjoy your time in Chicago! [I am from the city -- (grew up there) -- and visited back over the holidays!]
 

Best,
John

Attached please find the minutes from the virtual meeting held January 21. If there are corrections, please let me know.

My apologies for delay. I just had the time today to compile and write them up.

For those of you at Midwinter: Enjoy your time in Chicago! [I am from the city -- (grew up there) -- and visited back over the holidays!]
 

Best,
John

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John Siegel, MLS | Library Instruction Coordinator/Reference Librarian-Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Ottenheimer Library | Collections & Archives |
501.682.3536 | jxsiegel@ualr.edu | ualr.edu/library

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Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion ALA Annual Preconference: The American's With Disabilities Act (ADA) In Your Library.

by John Siegel on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 01:08 pm

If you or someone from your library is attending ALA Annual in San Francisco, there's an interesting preconference on ADA.
 
~John
 
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Registration for the ALA Annual Conference is open and ASCLA wants to make you aware of an exciting preconference on the Americans with Disabilities Act and libraries.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary at the same time as ALA Annual, the ADA is a monumental civil rights law that helps ensure equal access to everyone, including people with disabilities.

If you or someone from your library is attending ALA Annual in San Francisco, there's an interesting preconference on ADA.
 
~John
 
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Registration for the ALA Annual Conference is open and ASCLA wants to make you aware of an exciting preconference on the Americans with Disabilities Act and libraries.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary at the same time as ALA Annual, the ADA is a monumental civil rights law that helps ensure equal access to everyone, including people with disabilities.

Understanding the ADA is important for all types of libraries.  The preconference session presented by the Pacific ADA Center will answer many of the questions you have about serving people with disabilities, and even questions you didn’t know you had!

This preconference is ideal for library staff assigned as ADA coordinator for their library, or anyone else with an interest in the ADA.

Preconference session topics will include:

 • An overview of the ADA – who and what does it cover?

 • Excellent customer service skills and appropriate terminology to use with library     patrons with disabilities

 • Effective communication with patrons who have vision and hearing disabilities

 • Accessible technology and how libraries can use it

 • Hiring and accommodation of library staff with disabilities

 • The basics about service animals

 • The ADA quiz - how much do you know?

For more information, please visit these sites:
 
http://christophercorrigan.com/precon.html [includes how to sign-up for updates]
 
http://alaac15.ala.org/ticketed-events#ASCLA
 
To register, go to http://alaac15.ala.org/register-now.
 
The cutoff period between opening of registration and the decision to cancel a preconference is short. Now that it is time to register, please consider adding this informative preconference to you plans for Annual.

You may also let me know if you have any questions.

Best,

Christopher Corrigan

Designated Director, Special Populations

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

corrigancj23@gmail.com

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Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion Attending Midwinter?

by John Siegel on Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Please note that the ACRL/ASCLA/LITA Accessibility Interest Groups will be holding a joint meeting at ALA Midwinter on Sunday, Feburary 1 from 3:00-4:00p.m. at McCormick Place, Hyde Park/CC 11 A. On ALA Scheduler: http://alamw15.ala.org/node/25906

If you are attending, it would be great to see you there!

We are currently putting together an agenda to post soon.

If you have questions, please let me know.

Thanks,

John

Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion Reminder: Upcoming ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups Virtual Meeting

by John Siegel on Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 11:56 am

The ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups are having a joint virtual meeting prior to ALA Midwinter via telephone conference call.

The meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, January 21 at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

Below is call-in information for the meeting, as well as the finalized agenda:

Dial (712) 775-7031
 
Meeting ID: 191-788-842

AGENDA

The ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups are having a joint virtual meeting prior to ALA Midwinter via telephone conference call.

The meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, January 21 at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

Below is call-in information for the meeting, as well as the finalized agenda:

Dial (712) 775-7031
 
Meeting ID: 191-788-842

AGENDA

Virtual Meeting

ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups

January 21, 2015 - 1 p.m. CST

I. Welcome & Introductions

II. Background information on ACRL/LITA/ASCLA groups

III. General Announcements

a. ACRL

b. LITA

c. ASCLA

d. Joint Meeting at Midwinter: Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm at McCormick Place in Hyde Park/CC 11A

IV. Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) Website/Project - http://uniaccessig.org/lua/

V. Potential Efforts/Projects

a. Updating online resources related to serving library users with disabilities

b. Ensuring/promoting accessibility of library databases

c. Influencing vendors on closed captioning and audio description of video materials (DVDs)

VI. Annual Conference Planning

a. Joint Meeting at Annual

b. Possibility of "show and tell" or self-guided tour at San Francisco Public Library (SFPL)

VII. Updates - What's happening regarding accessibility at your library, other items of interest/suggestions

VII. Wrap-up/Adjourn

 

Please note that I am one of the conveners of the virtual meeting, so feel free to contact me with questions.

There will also be a joint meeting of the accessibility groups at Midwinter. A separate announcement will follow.

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John Siegel, MLS | Library Instruction Coordinator-Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Ottenheimer Library
501.682.3536 | jxsiegel@ualr.edu | ualr.edu/library

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Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion Virtual Meeting (Joint) - ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Accessibility Interest Groups

by John Siegel on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 01:03 pm

The ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups are having a joint virtual meeting prior to ALA Midwinter via telephone conference call.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21 at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).


Below is call-in information for the meeting:

Dial (712) 775-7031
 
Meeting ID: 191-788-842

The ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups are having a joint virtual meeting prior to ALA Midwinter via telephone conference call.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21 at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).


Below is call-in information for the meeting:

Dial (712) 775-7031
 
Meeting ID: 191-788-842


Additional details, including a finalized agenda, will follow before the meeting. I will be one of the meeting conveners. My contact information is below, as well as a *draft* agenda.
 

We hope you can join us!

Please let me know if you have questions.

Best,
John

--
John Siegel, MLS | Library Instruction Coordinator-Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Ottenheimer Library
501.682.3536 | jxsiegel@ualr.edu | ualr.edu/library

Follow us: facebook.com/ualrlib | twitter.com/ualr_library

 

*DRAFT* AGENDA

Virtual Meeting

ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups

January 21, 2015 - 1 p.m. CST

I. Welcome & Introductions

II. Background information on ACRL/LITA/ASCLA groups

III. General Announcements

a. ACRL

b. LITA

c. ASCLA

d. Joint Meeting at Midwinter: Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm at McCormick Place in Hyde Park/CC 11A

IV. Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) Website/Project - http://uniaccessig.org/lua/

V. Potential Efforts/Projects

a. Updating online resources related to serving library users with disabilities

b. Ensuring/promoting accessibility of library databases

c. Influencing vendors on closed captioning and audio description of video materials (DVDs)

VI. Annual Conference Planning

a. Joint Meeting at Annual

b. Possibility of "show and tell" or self-guided tour at San Francisco Public Library (SFPL)

VII. Updates - What's happening regarding accessibility at your library, other items of interest/suggestions

VII. Wrap-up/Adjourn

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Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC) Upcoming Webinars

by John Siegel on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 01:37 pm

Upcoming webinars, which might be of interest to some:

 

Upcoming webinars, which might be of interest to some:

 

January 2015
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Dear John,

Welcome to the new year. All webinars are 1 hour unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.
 


Free Webinars - More than just K-12

Foundations of Assistive Technology from the Center on Technology and Disability
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

Unleashing the Power of Innovation for Assistive Technology – Where have we been and where are we headed? from the Center on Technology and Disability
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 12:30pm Pacific, 3:30pm Eastern for 30 minutes

Developing and Implementing an Accessibility Strategy: One Organization's Lessons (So Far) from Great Lakes ADA Center
Thu, Jan 15, 2015, at  11am Pacific,  2pm Eastern  

Inspiring Lifelong Learning with Bookshare from AbleNet
January 20, 2015 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern for 45 minutes
 


Free Webinars - K-12

What's Next? After Assistive Technology Consideration from MITS
Thu, Jan 15, 2015, at  12:30pm Pacific,  3:30pm Eastern for 30 minutes.
(Must register the day before.)

Using Your Own Voice in AAC Apps from AbleNet
January 6, 2015 8am Pacific, 11am Eastern- 30 minutes long

UDL Supports for Diverse Learners on iOS Devices  from AbleNet
January 15, 2015 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern

Let's take Action! Include all of your students by using the AbleNet Action Dictionary from AbleNet
January 22, 2015 at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern

Special Ed Tech Center has 13 webinars in January. All start at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern. Topics include:

  • iPad: What’s new in AT? on January 5th
  • Lower Level Math Supports: Software and Web Tools on January 7th
  • Overview of iPad Accessibility on January 8th
  • iPad: TouchChat AAC - Overview on January 12th
  • Chrome AT Apps and Extensions: Part 1
  • Multi Level Math Supports: Apps and Adapted Tools on January 14th
  • Overview of Switch Access to the iPad on January 15th
  • Chrome AT Apps and Extensions: Part 2 on January 20th
  • Higher Level Math Supports: Software and Web Tools on January 21st
  • iPad: iOS Switch Control for Higher Level Students on January 22nd
  • iPad: TouchChat AAC –Literacy Ideas on January 26th
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking on January 28th
  • Simplified Step Scanning on the iPad on January 29th

News

Dave Edyburn has posted his annual review of the assisitive technology literature, including research on iPads, evidence-based practice, and research using SET.

The Special Ed Tech Center has posted a comparison of e-Book readers (under What's New) and electronic text resources.
 


Archived Professional Development

The first webinar in the Unleashing the Power of Innovation for Assistive Technology – Where have we been and where are we headed? series from the Center on Technology and Disability has been posted.

NFB and MATP''s Web Accessibility Training Day materials are now online. Click on the session titles to hear audio archived sessions, including Google MOOC Introduction to Web Accessibility, HTML5 Accessible Design, and The Section 508 Refresh.
 
Tips for Making Your Events Accessible to People with Disabilities from AbiiltyTools are on YouTube.
 


Click here to like us on Facebook which is where we post late additions to the webinar calendar. And share your own AT news!

The Accessible Technology Coalition is a volunteer project, started with ARRA funds through the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF).

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