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Online Doc Introductory Resources for Web Accessibility

by Adina Mulliken on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 09:52 am

*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 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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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

--
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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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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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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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

--
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

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

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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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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.

--
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

--
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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Serves as a resource and discussion forum for academic library disability service issues such as web accessibility, assistive technology, reference and instruction for users with disabilities, captioning processes, and any other accessibility issues of interest to participants.

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