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Event Universal Accessibility Interest Group Meeting

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

Joint ACRL / ASCLA / LITA working group where members work together on projects related to making all kinds of libraries and library services, including electronic resources, accessible for users with disabilities.

Discussion Virtual Meeting Reminder & Agenda - ACRL Univeral Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) - June 17 @ 2 p.m. CST

by John Siegel on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 02:26 pm

We hope that you can join us for a virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 17 at 2 p.m. CST to discuss accessibility. All are welcome to attend -- there is no requirement to be an UAIG member. Also, librarians, staff, and advocates from all types of libraries are invited to participate. The discussion of accessibility is encompassing across libraries and not restricted to academic libraries.

We hope that you can join us for a virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 17 at 2 p.m. CST to discuss accessibility. All are welcome to attend -- there is no requirement to be an UAIG member. Also, librarians, staff, and advocates from all types of libraries are invited to participate. The discussion of accessibility is encompassing across libraries and not restricted to academic libraries.

Dial-in information/web conferencing details have not yet been finalized because we are testing web conferencing accessibility software. More details about logistics will be sent prior to the meeting.

I have an attached the agenda as a Word document.

If you have problems opening/viewing the agenda or have other questions about the meeting, please let me know -- jxsiegel@ualr.edu.

Best,

John

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John Siegel -- 2014-2015 Convener, ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group

E-mail: jxsiegel@ualr.edu

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Discussion ALA Annual - Joint Meeting of Universal Accessibility Interest Groups

by John Siegel on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 08:06 am

The joint meeting of the ACRL/ASCLA/LITA accessibility interest groups at ALA Annual in San Francisco will take place on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 1-2:30 p.m.

The joint meeting of the ACRL/ASCLA/LITA accessibility interest groups at ALA Annual in San Francisco will take place on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 1-2:30 p.m.


Please note the correct location is the Hilton San Francisco Union, Rooms 15 and 16. Adina Mulliken, the past convener of the ACRL group, noted that Rooms 15 and 16 are located on the fourth floor, Tower 3, according to Hilton San Francisco Union hotel's floormaps.

I will not be attending Annual, but Adina will be. If you'll be at Annual, we hope that you will be able to join and discuss accessibility!

My apologies for the confusion with the room location.

Thanks much,

John

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Discussion Virtual Meeting - ACRL Univeral Accessibility Interest Group

by John Siegel on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm

The ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 17 at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) [be sure to adjust for your time zone].

More information, including an agenda, will be forthcoming.

We hope that many of you will be able to participate and discuss accessibility!

Best,
John

The ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 17 at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) [be sure to adjust for your time zone].

More information, including an agenda, will be forthcoming.

We hope that many of you will be able to participate and discuss accessibility!

Best,
John

PS There will be a joint meeting of the ACRL/ASCLA/LITA accessibility interest groups at ALA Annual in San Francisco on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 1-2:30 p.m. As of now, the location is 25---Hollow Square, but please check the Scheduler at conference to make sure there has not been a room change.

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Discussion Going to ALA Annual? There's a preconference on ADA!

by John Siegel on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 05:06 pm

FYI....

Discussion Software Accessibility Suit

by John Siegel on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 05:03 pm

FYI, courtesy of Adina Mulliken.

Emphasis in bold was added by me.

Best,

John

FYI, courtesy of Adina Mulliken.

Emphasis in bold was added by me.

Best,

John

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*Software Accessibility Suit*

May 14, 2015

*By*

Carl Straumsheim https://www.insidehighered.com/users/carl-straumsheim>

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to join a blind student?s lawsuit
against Miami University in Ohio, saying the institution?s website and
licensed software from vendors such as from Turnitin and Pearson are
inaccessible to students with disabilities.

Aleeha Dudley, who is blind, sued the university and its president in
January 2014, alleging it violated Title II of the Americans With
Disabilities Act of 1990. The law requires state entities such as public
universities to provide equal access to students with disabilities.

Dudley enrolled at the university in 2011 to study zoology, but says her
grades suffered because of "Miami's selection of software programs that
gratuitously exclude[d]" her from equal access to accessible course
materials, according to the complaint. Examples include digitized textbooks
described as "nearly useless and vastly inferior to the printed text,
software not designed to be used with screen readers, and 'unusable'
tactile graphics."

The department launched an investigation of the university in April 2014.
Its findings, released that June, suggested the university had violated the
ADA. The department has since attempted to resolve the case, but on Tuesday
moved http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-moves-intervene-disability-discrimination-lawsuit-alleging-miami> to intervene.

The department will sometimes file a statement of interest in a case,
explaining a specific matter without taking a formal position. If the
department's motion to intervene is granted, however, it would join Dudley
in suing the university. The case is filed in a federal district court in
Ohio.

"We are pleased that the DOJ is taking this case and the issues that it
presents so seriously," said Chris Danielsen, director of public relations
for the National Federation of the Blind. The organization is assisting
Dudley in the case.

The university in a statement said it continues to deny the allegations.
"We take our obligations under the American Disabilities Act very seriously.
Miami provides extensive resources and accommodations for our disabled
students, and will continue to do so."

Miami is the latest university to draw scrutiny from the federal government
over its use of technology in the classroom. In 2013
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/07/26/settlements-put-colleges-duty-ensure-blind-students-access-materials-under-new>, the department reached a settlement with Louisiana Tech University over an issue that also involved students with vision impairments. Last month https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/04/03/justice-department-edx-reach-settlement>, the department settled a case with massive open online course provider edX, which committed to making its platform accessible to users with disabilities.

While the list of colleges and universities finding themselves in legal
trouble over accessibility issues continues to grow, advocates for students
with disabilities said they continue to wonder how many examples are needed
before it becomes a high-priority issue in higher education.

"The macro problem here that we're currently having to address, sort of
university by university, is that the technology and content providers are
not doing what they need to do to make their stuff accessible," Danielsen
said. Currently the only mechanism that we have to address this is to go
after the colleges and universities, because they are the ones with the
buying power. They are the ones that can say, if they will, to a provider
that we will not purchase, we will not deploy your product if it's not
accessible."

The organization is working with institutions and vendors to determine
which regulations both sides can agree on, Danielsen said.

The ADA covers colleges and universities, but not their software vendors,
said Daniel F. Goldstein, a lawyer who specializes in disability rights
law. He pointed out that institutions can influence the market by requiring
companies that respond to requests for proposals to detail how they will
make their software accessible to students with disabilities.

Accessibility becomes a competitive edge once there's a tipping point of
enough schools saying, 'excuse me, but is your software accessible???'
Goldstein, who also serves as counsel for the National Federation of the
Blind, said. "To get this fixed, it's going to need college and university
presidents saying this matters."

The department's proposed complaint lists a number of vendors whose
software it found to be inaccessible. In addition to the university's
website, video platforms Vimeo and YouTube, and word processor Google Docs,
the complaint also lists course work management software from LearnSmart,
Pearson, Sapling, Turnitin, Vista Higher Learning and WebAssign.
The
companies have contracts with many colleges and universities, so it is
unlikely that Miami is using products not broadly found in higher education.

The companies did not respond or were unable to respond to requests for
comment Wednesday evening.

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Discussion Free Webinars on Accessibility in May -- FYI

by John Siegel on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 04:58 pm
 
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Free Webinars

Can Audio Be The Key To UDL? from AbleNet
May 19, 2015 at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern

Digital and Technology Access: the Role of Law & the Limits of Law
from ADA Online on May 21, 2015 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Switch Skills Development: I Found a Switch Site, How Do I Build Basic Skills? from AbleNet on May 26, 2015 at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern

CVAA Legal Requirements for Video Programming
from SSB BART Group on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Special Ed Tech Center has 13 webinars this month, usually at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern, including:
May 11, 2015 - AAC for Bilingual Users
May 13, 2015 - Power Point: Creating Adapted Activities and Games
May 14, 2015 - iPad: Writing Supports for Students with LD
May 18, 2015 - Tips on Writing AAC Justification for iPads
May 21, 2015 - iPad: Note Taking Apps
May 27, 2015 - Android Tablets: Navigation and Apps
May 28, 2015 - Overview of iPad Accessibility webinar
 


Newly Archived Professional Development

The Future of Video Player Accessibility from 3PlayMedia.
Acquiring and Using Digital Text to Support UDL from OCALI.
AbleNet University has improved searchability of their many archived webinars.
 


 

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 ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Accessibility Interest Groups - Meeting at ALA Annual

by John Siegel on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 08:08 am

If you are attending Annual this June in San Francisco, please note that the ACRL/ASCLA/LITA accessibility interest groups will be having a joint meeting:

ACRL/ASCLA/LITA Accessibility Interest Groups

Saturday, June 27, 2015

1:00 pm - 2:30pm

Location: 25---Hollow Square

If you are attending Annual this June in San Francisco, please note that the ACRL/ASCLA/LITA accessibility interest groups will be having a joint meeting:

ACRL/ASCLA/LITA Accessibility Interest Groups

Saturday, June 27, 2015

1:00 pm - 2:30pm

Location: 25---Hollow Square



We know there was common interest in meeting on Sunday afternoon, but this was not possible at scheduling.


As discussed at the joint virtual meeting of the interest groups in January, there was interest in another virtual meeting either prior to or after Annual. I will send out more details about a possible virtual meeting closer to June.


Thanks,

John

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John Siegel, MLS | 2014-2015 Convener, ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group
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 More on ACRL...

by John Siegel on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 08:16 am

Axel Schmetzke did get back to me and allowed me to share his and his co-presenters' slides on their program dealing with collection development, e-resources, and accessibility. I posted a message on ALA Connect with the slides attached, but Connect seemed to be acting wonky because of the attachments. Just in case the attachments got garbled, please note that you can access the slides via this link, which will take you to a posting on the Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) page:

Axel Schmetzke did get back to me and allowed me to share his and his co-presenters' slides on their program dealing with collection development, e-resources, and accessibility. I posted a message on ALA Connect with the slides attached, but Connect seemed to be acting wonky because of the attachments. Just in case the attachments got garbled, please note that you can access the slides via this link, which will take you to a posting on the Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) page:

http://uniaccessig.org/lua/acrl15/
 
Axel wanted a link to share with the audience at ACRL, so I created the LUA post. This post includes a plug for LUA as well as the ACRL, ASCLA, and LITA accessibility interest groups.

I also went through the ACRL conference proceedings, which are posted online individually -- http://www.ala.org/acrl/acrl/conferences/acrl2015/papers. [Note that not all presenters submitted conference proceedings.]


Some items of interest regarding accessibility in the proceedings:

Ebook Showdown: Evaluating Academic Ebook Platforms from a User Perspective -- Christina Mune and Ann Agee

* There is extensive coverage about accessibility of ebook platforms from vendors (ABC CLIO, EBSCO, etc.) including a nice chart that details features such as JAWS (screenreader) compatibility.

Looks Matter: The Impact of Visual and Inclusive Design on Usability, Accessibility, and Online Learning -- Sigrid Anderson Cordell and Melissa Gomis

* Discusses the creation of a plagiarism website with accessibility/universal design in mind.
 
And on a final note...If you were one of the lucky ones to attend ACRL and a program that highlights accessibility, I encourage you to post your notes, thoughts, and/or take-aways. Even if your write-up is brief, this is extremely valuable to others as we work to enhance and promote accessibility in our libraries. One ACRL-goer had mentioned she was going to attend Axel's session and share her comments. (Thanks, Teresa!)

Happy weekend!

John

--
John Siegel, MLS | Convener, ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (2014-2015)
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 News Story of Possible Interest: 'Invisible Disabilities'

by John Siegel on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 07:21 am

Earlier in March, NPR featured a piece on people with 'invisible disabilities' and increasing awareness.
 
Below is a link to the story:

http://www.npr.org/2015/03/08/391517412/people-with-invisible-disabiliti...

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