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

by John Siegel on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 09:58 am

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, including times, please visit 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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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

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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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

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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

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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Online Doc Introductory Resources for Web Accessibility

by Adina Mulliken on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 04:03 pm

*NEW*

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) Repository- Libraries for Universal Accessibility

Youngstown State University Resolution Agreement (November, 2014)

Press release

University of Cincinnati Resolution Agreement (December 8, 2014)

Press release

Introductions to Web Accessibility:  

WebAIM Introduction to Web Accessibility

Access IT

Video clips of people using & explaining screen readers:

Accessibility: Introduction to the Screen Reader

Screen Readers and the Web 
"Learn relatively easy tips Web designers can use to increase access to the Web by a variety of users."

Automated accessibility checkers for webpages:

WAVE Accessibility Checker 
“WAVE is…  used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility of that page.”  People who do not have experience with web coding can share the results of the accessibility checker with IT staff.

WC3 list of web accessibility evaluation tools

Automated checker for readability:

The Readability Test Tool

Automated checkers for colorblindness accessibility:

Vischeck

Colorblind Webpage Filter

Adobe Captivate:

Accessibility FAQ

Libguides:

Formatting for Accessibility and Usability from University of Waterloo

Information about accessibility of databases and other vendor resources:

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) Repository *NEW as of Fall 2014*

Ebook collections vendor accessibility

JISC Academic Database Assessment Tool

Screen Reading and Library Resources.  Suffolk University Library's list of accessible databases.

Tatomir, Jennifer and Joan C. Durrance. (2010) Overcoming the information gap: Measuring the accessibility of library databases to adaptive technology users. Library Hi Tech, 28 (4) 577 - 594

Schmetzke, Axle.  Accessibility of Online Library Catalogs, Indexes and Databases, and Other Library/Information Resources. This is a bibliography that includes a section on “Research Studies” and a section on “Vendor provided information” but is not currently updated.

Schmetzke, Axle. Web access in the campus and library environment This is an extensive guide to resources but is not currently updated.

Screen Reader User Guide for Library Databases:

Jaws Screen Reader User Guides for Library Databases from Penn State. 

Web Accessibility Technical Standards:

Section 508 Standards. § 1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

Policy on Web Accessibility:

Frequently Asked Questions About the June 29, 2010, Dear Colleague Letter
This is a joint letter from the US Department of Justice and the Office of Civil Rights

QUOTE: “Does the DCL [Dear Colleague Letter] apply to all school operations and all faculty and staff?
A: Yes. All school operations are subject to the nondiscrimination requirements of Section 504 and the ADA. Thus, all faculty and staff must comply with these requirements…. The law applies to all faculty and staff, not just a Section 504 or ADA coordinator or staff members designated to assist students with disabilities. All faculty and staff must comply with the nondiscrimination requirements of Section 504 and the ADA in their professional interactions with students, because these interactions are part of the operations of the school. So, for example, if an adjunct faculty member denies a student who is blind an equal opportunity to participate in a course by assigning inaccessible course content, the school can be held legally responsible for the faculty member’s actions. Therefore, schools should provide, and faculty and staff should participate in, professional development about accessibility and emerging technology, and about the role of faculty and staff in helping the school to comply with disability discrimination laws.”

Report of the ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities (Nov. 2, 2012)

Advanced Notice of Public Rulemaking: “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities and Public Accommodations” (July 2010)
Summary: This “ANPRM on web accessibility and DOJ settlements … in recent years indicate that DOJ is likely to derive its regulatory standards for web accessibility, whenever they are published, from the Rehabilitation Act Section 508 technology accessibility standards federal agencies and contractors must meet and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).”  (This summary is from an Educause blog)

Report of the Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities
This independent Commission was established by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

QUOTES: “every postsecondary institution should offer a mandatory system-wide orientation for faculty, staff, teaching assistants and administrators concerning strategies for ensuring accessibility in all aspects of the education enterprise, including readings, courseware and instructional technology, assessments and instructor-made materials.” Page 79

“The transition to AIM [Accessible Instructional Materials] needs to be supported by training of students and support for students who are not adept in the use of digital technologies.” Page  52

Providenti, Michael and Robert Zai III. (2007). Web accessibility at academic libraries: standards, legislation, and enforcement. Library Hi Tech, 25 (4) 494.

Web Accessibility Resolutions Agreements and Settlements in Higher Education:

University of Cincinnati Resolution Agreement (December 8, 2014)

Youngstown State University Resolution Agreement (November, 2014)

University of Montana Accessibility Resolution Agreement (March 19, 2014)

Civil Rights Agreement Reached with South Carolina Technical College System on Accessibility of Websites to People with Disabilities (March 8, 2013)

Settlement Agreement Between the United States of America, Louisiana Tech University, and the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (July 23, 2013)

NFB and Penn State Accessibility Complaint Resolved (Oct 11, 2011) Summary from Educause.

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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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Discussion Listserv Email Address Change - Coming Soon!

by John Siegel on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 11:58 pm

ALA’s Postini spam detection software is being replaced in December.  To make a new solution for spam detection possible, a change in the ALA email routing is required for ALA’s mailing lists.
 
Effective Thursday, November 13th, 2014, all ALA e-lists will have a slightly different address.
 
The ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group listserv address will become:

ALA’s Postini spam detection software is being replaced in December.  To make a new solution for spam detection possible, a change in the ALA email routing is required for ALA’s mailing lists.
 
Effective Thursday, November 13th, 2014, all ALA e-lists will have a slightly different address.
 
The ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group listserv address will become:

uniaccess@lists.ala.org
 

Please make a note and begin sending messages on Thursday, November 13 to the list's new address above.
 
Thanks!
John

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Discussion E-Book Accessibility News

by John Siegel on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 10:59 am

Thought folks might be interested to know what's happening on the e-book accessibility front:

Thought folks might be interested to know what's happening on the e-book accessibility front:

"ALA and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) renewed their opposition to a petition filed by the Coalition of E-book Manufacturers seeking a waiver from complying with disability legislation and regulation (specifically Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act as Enacted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010). Amazon, Kobo, and Sony are the members of the coalition, and they argue that they do not have to make their e-readers’ Advanced Communications Services (ACS) accessible to people with print disabilities."

Read more: http://www.districtdispatch.org/2014/10/ala-opposes-e-book-accessibility...

 

Regards,

John

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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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Discussion Persons with Disabilities Sensitivity Training Video

by John Siegel on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 10:44 am

I wanted to pass along a link to a great YouTube video that is short, incorporates humor, and effective. It would be great for training. I have recommended it here at my library for all of the librarians, staff, and student workers.

There are closed-captions, and a transcript for the video is in the works.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1aDEFlXq8&feature=youtu.be

 

Cheers,

John

 

I wanted to pass along a link to a great YouTube video that is short, incorporates humor, and effective. It would be great for training. I have recommended it here at my library for all of the librarians, staff, and student workers.

There are closed-captions, and a transcript for the video is in the works.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1aDEFlXq8&feature=youtu.be

 

Cheers,

John

 

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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

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

 

 

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Discussion Upcoming Accessibility Webinars

by John Siegel on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 11:47 am

FYI...

Free Webinar: Creating accessible Narrated PowerPoint
Presenter: Norman Coombs, CEO EASI and Professor Emeritas RIT
Tuesday Sept. 16: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

FYI...

Free Webinar: Creating accessible Narrated PowerPoint
Presenter: Norman Coombs, CEO EASI and Professor Emeritas RIT
Tuesday Sept. 16: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

Creating accessible narrated Powerpoint, first assumes an accessible
PowerPoint presentation. This will only be touched on briefly in this
presentation. Next, the presentation will walk participants through
the process of setting up the parameters for the show and then
recording the content to go with each slide. Last, it will explain
the different options for the show's output and the reasons for each choice.

Free EASI Webinar: PDF in the Classroom: The Future of Digital Textbooks
Presenters: Karen McCall and Adam Spencer
Tuesday, September 23 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

This Webinar will be an one hour webinar on strategies for
implementing the PDF/UA (Universal Access) international standard for
PDF accessibility and what it means to publishers and students with
disabilities.
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm#september

EASI also has a Webinar series in October on creating accessible
ePub3 documents

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Check out EASI's New Synchronous Clinics:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm

EASI Home Page http://www.rit.edu/~easi
Online Courses and Clinics http://easi.cc/workshop.htm

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