Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL - Association of College and Research Libraries) Community
Introductions to Web Accessibility:
Video clips of people using & explaining screen readers:
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 checker 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.
Automated Checkers for colorblindness accessibility:
Information about accessibility of databases and other vendor resources:
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) Repository *NEW as of Fall 2014*
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”
Schmetzke, Axle. Web access in the campus and library environment This is an extensive guide to resources.
Screen Reading and Library Resources. Suffolk University Library's list of accessible databases.
Jennifer Tatomir, Joan C. Durrance, (2010) "Overcoming the information gap: Measuring the accessibility of library databases to adaptive technology users", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 28 Iss: 4, pp.577 - 594
Screen Reader User Guides for Library Databases:
Jaws Screen Reader User Guides for Library Databases from Penn State. While it could be challenging for a screen reader user to switch to a window for these guides while using a database (or to memorize the guide before using the database), the guides could be very helpful for screen reader users and librarians to learn to navigate while using Jaws. If possible, the screen reader user might navigate the guide on a separate device from the device used for navigating the database.
Web Accessibility Technical Standards:
Section 508 Standards. § 1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications.
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.”
Youngstown State University Resolution Agreement (November, 2014)
University of Montana Accessibility Resolution Agreement (March 19, 2014)
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 UIC.
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)
Access IT. “Web Accessibility and Individuals with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education: The Legal Issues.” University of Washington. Accessed June 10, 2011.
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 and the Law: Recent Legal Developments and Advocacy Strategies. 2005 Conference Proceedings.
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:
Please make a note and begin sending messages on Thursday, November 13 to the list's new address above.
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."
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.
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
EASI also has a Webinar series in October on creating accessible
Check out EASI's New Synchronous Clinics:
Is anyone planning on attending Midwinter? I am trying to determine if there is interest in an in-person ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) meeting at the conference. The ALA deadline for meeting room requests is September 22, which is right around the corner. I may check with LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups to see if they are coordinating anything and the possibility of a joint meeting.
Even if a Midwinter meeting happens, there are still plans for having a virtual meeting or meeting via text chat. More details to come.
I wanted to pass along an announcement about an upcoming webinar on video tutorials that I thought might be of interest, given the inclusion of accessibility for persons with disabilities:
Join the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community on Thursday, September 18 at 3:00 pm EST for a webcast presentation and discussion with Nichole Martin and Ross Martin. Video tutorials provide libraries a way to meet online learners at their place and time of need. At Seminole State College of Florida, Nichole and Ross have increased tutorial production to meet the growing demands of distance learning courses. To ensure high quality video production, they studied best practices outlined in library literature, as well as findings from other fields invested in video communication: education, business, journalism, and television production. Through research and personal experience, they discovered methods to create effective and engaging video tutorials that are high-definition, mobile-friendly, and accessible for disabled viewers.
To learn more and sign up for the webcast (you can also access the archive of the webcast) go to: http://blendedlibrarian.learningtimes.net/would-you-watch-it/#.VBHyIWPurMj
I wanted to take a moment and send a quick introduction. I am the convener of the Universal Accessibility Interest Group this year. Thank you for being a part of the group. I look forward to working with you all!
I apologize for not getting the ball rolling sooner. I am playing catch-up from medical leave over the summer, so I appreciate your patience as I get up to speed.
If you have suggestions for the Interest Group, do not hesitate to let me know. Also, please join me in giving a warm welcome to Laura DeLancey from Western Kentucky University, the Incoming Convener for 2015-2016.
The ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups are having a joint discussion/meeting
Location : Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Room N101. This was also listed as N120 in the scheduler, but it is being changed to one meeting in Room N101.
The Universal Accessibility Interest Group is intended as a resource and discussion forum for 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.
Universal Accessibility Interest Group has a:
Listserv: firstname.lastname@example.org To join the list, go to http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/uniaccess If you haven't subscribed to an ALA list before, you have to choose the tiny link for "First login" under the password box. You don't have to be an ALA member to join the list.
Also, as a reminder, our web project, Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) [http://uniaccessig.org/lua/], is a place for volunteers to share information about accessibility of electronic resources used in libraries. Please check it out!