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Now is the time to sign a "we the people" petition urging the Obama administration to support an international treaty that would allow for the making and distribution of accessible content!

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Discussion Sign the petition to advance reading for the blind

by Carrie Russell (staff) on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 02:32 pm

hello 508ers

Now is the time to sign a "we the people" petition urging the Obama administration to support an international treaty that would allow for the making and distribution of accessible content!

hello 508ers

Now is the time to sign a "we the people" petition urging the Obama administration to support an international treaty that would allow for the making and distribution of accessible content!

http://wh.gov/hcED

#books4blindtreaty

Hollywood, GE, Exxon and the publishing industries are fighting the treaty and are basically taking over the good work that the US delegation has done over the last 4 years.

 

See this blog post:

http://www.districtdispatch.org/2013/05/hooray-for-hollywood-choosing-ma...

 

 

 

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Discussion New LinkedIn Group on Library and Museum Accessibility

by Jim Tobias (non-member) on Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 08:45 am

for the inveterate networkers among us:

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=4124322

 

Discussion EQUACC meetings

by S.G. Ranti Junus on Tue, May 31, 2011 at 05:40 pm

Hi All,

 

Here are two EQUACC meetings at the upcoming ALA Annual :

 

Open meeting: http://connect.ala.org/node/138503

and a panel: http://connect.ala.org/node/138504

 

thanks,

ranti.

Discussion More events at Annual conference

by Adina Mulliken on Tue, May 17, 2011 at 10:32 am

Here are more accessibility related programs, discussions, and meetings I found in the event planner.  As some of us found out at the last conference, some of the things that come up in the "Accessibility (ADA Compliance)" category weren't actually on that topic, so this is just an attempt to guess which ones are without duplicating Marty's list too much.

Here are more accessibility related programs, discussions, and meetings I found in the event planner.  As some of us found out at the last conference, some of the things that come up in the "Accessibility (ADA Compliance)" category weren't actually on that topic, so this is just an attempt to guess which ones are without duplicating Marty's list too much.

Behavioral Issues in the Library: How Do We Respond? (Open)

Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 8:00am - 10:00amLocation: Convention CenterRm 349 Presenters: 

Speaker: Meg Kolaya, Scotch Plains (N.J.) Public Library
Speaker: Karen Strauss, San Francisco Public Library

Description:  Librarians deal with a wide variety of patrons and patron behaviors. This program offers strategies and resources to help librarians coping with customers whose behaviors are associated with mental health issues, including autism spectrum disorders. The panel, which will include self-advocates and professionals in the field of mental health and autism spectrum disorders, will provide practical approaches on this topic, including how to de-escalate situations.

Washington Office Saturday Morning Briefing (Open)

Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 8:00am - 10:00amLocation: Convention CenterRm 277 Description:  The following topics will be presented: I. "Accessibility Solutions for Public Libraries" - A demo of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure. II. "E-Government: Disaster Preparedness" - Learn how to be prepared for natural disasters and how your library can support emergency teams in times of disaster. Meeting Type:  Forum/Update Presentation/Session

Grassroots - Electronic Accessibility in Academic Libraries

Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 8:00am - 10:00am

http://connect.ala.org/node/138518

Location: Convention CenterRm 276 Presenters: 

Speaker: Rebecca Marrall

Description: 

The presentation “Electronic Accessibility in Academic Libraries” seeks to examine the issues academic libraries face when sharing digital content with patrons who experience low vision, blindness, deafness, or a variety of learning disabilities. After briefly examining these issues, the program will devote the bulk of the presentation to outlining how library departments and external organizations need to plan for inclusive dissemination of electronic information. Presentation format will be divided between lecture and group discussions. Learning outcomes will include a strong understanding of current issues, and how to begin strategic planning at their home institutions.

 

Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL) (Open) 

Although the Event Planner says the Universal Accessibility Interest Group is 8-12 on Monday, it's actually 8-10.

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 8:00am - 12:00pmLocation: Convention CenterRm 263 Description:  We will discuss library disability service issues such as web and e-resource accessibility, ATs for Learning Disabilities, networking assistive technology, and any other accessibility topics of interest to participants. This is a joint discussion with ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group, ASCLA Academic Libraries Accessibility and Disability Discussion (ALAD), and LITA Accessibility Interest Group. Hashtag:  #univaccess Meeting Type:  Discussion/Interest group

The Right to Read : Increasing Access to Information for People with Print Disabilities (Open)

Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 1:30pm - 3:30pmLocation: Convention CenterRm 397 Description:  A panel of policy makers, librarians, and disability experts will report on recent efforts to increase access to information for people with print disabilities. Topics will include the Justice Department’s study on web accessibility, international treaties to enhance cross-border sharing of accessible content, a renewed focus on fair use and the Chafee Amendment, and reports on partnerships with library vendors seeking to make products more accessible. There will be a demonstration of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII). Moderator: Carrie Russell Speaker: Jessica Brody, Jim Tobias Meeting Type:  Presentation/Session

 

Access to Information (RUSA) (Open)

Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: Convention CenterRm 291 Description:  Open discussion forum for committee members & conference attendees on accessibility, costs, privacy, interlibrary loan constraints, and licensing of electronic resources in libraries. Meeting Type:  Discussion/Interest group

American Sign Language Literature Programming @ Your Library (Open)

Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pmLocation: Convention CenterRm 333 Presenters: 

Speaker: Margie English, N/A, N/A
Speaker: Marti Goddard, N/A, N/A
Speaker: Alice Hagemeyer, N/A, N/A
Speaker: Alec McFarlane, N/A, N/A
Speaker: Janice Rosen, N/A, N/A

Description:  Attendees will learn about existing quality resources that support deaf people's efforts to be understood by the public as people first and who have their deaf culture and language called American Sign Language (ASL). Librarians will learn about the differences between Deaf and ASL literatures and about the latest and greatest in contemporary literature to bring into the library's reading and discussion groups. Sources for locating books, videos and films, funding, speakers, authors, deaf library friends groups and tips for programming librarians will be shared. Meeting Type:  Presentation/Session

Executive Committee Meeting (ASCLA LSSPS) (Open)

Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pmLocation: Embassy Suites New Orleans Convention CenterAndrew Jackson Meeting Type:  Committee meeting

Expanding Service to the Visually Impaired in Vietnam and Developing Countries - IRRT Chair's Program (Open)

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 1:30pm - 3:30pmLocation: Convention CenterRm 283 Presenters: 

Speaker: Matthijs Balfoort, Director, Force Foundation, The Netherlands
Speaker: Nguyen Thi Bac, Consultand and Former Director of the Publis Library of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Speaker: Kathleen Wiebel, retired Director of Staff Development, Chicago Public Library

Description:  This program will cover best practices, services and continuing education for library staff serving the blind and visually impaired in Vietnam and developing countries. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Bac, Consultant and former Director of the public library of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. "Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired in Vietnam" Mr. Matthijs Balfoort, Director, Force Foundation, The Netherlands "Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired in Developing Countries" Ms. Kathleen Weibel, retired Director of Staff Development, Chicago Public Library "Providing Continuing Education to Library Staff in Vietnam" Meeting Type:  Presentation/Session

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Discussion Animation on the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII)

by Jim Tobias (non-member) on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 09:44 am

Here is a YouTube link to an animation that describes GPII, with some content on how it would work in libraries.  It's got open captions and description.

Discussion Webinar on tips for buying accessible resources

by Carrie Russell (staff) on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 04:08 pm

I noticed this on the ATIA web site and thought of our conversation on Tuesday! -carrie

 

 

PRESENTER(S):   Sharron Rush, Executive Director, Knowbility.org  

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011   3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

 

I noticed this on the ATIA web site and thought of our conversation on Tuesday! -carrie

 

 

PRESENTER(S):   Sharron Rush, Executive Director, Knowbility.org  

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011   3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

 

Overview: Legal requirements are clear - students with disabilities have the same civil right to a free and public education as all other students. Those rights are often overlooked, however, when schools purchase electronic curriculum products. The buck stops at procurement. Learn purchasing practices that help your school ensure access to the general curriculum for all students as more learning opportunities move to electronic formats.

 

REGISTER   - $49

 

Full Abstract   - Including speaker biography and learning points

 

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Building a 508-style approach to getting vendors to take more responsibility about accessibility

- Building a more general community of practice for sharing accessibility information, and participating in the larger public sector in doing that

 

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