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Online Doc Introductory Resources for Web Accessibility

by Adina Mulliken on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm

*NEW TO THIS PAGE*

Accessible Instructional Materials and the Siskiyou Joint Community College District Settlement (November 20, 2016)

Miami University Agrees to Overhaul Critical Technologies to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit (October 17, 2016)

Riley-Huff, D.A. (2015). Supporting Web Accessibility Through Rich Internet Applications: Insights for Libraries, in Anne Woodsworth , W. David Penniman (ed.) Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and the Inclusive Future of Libraries (Advances in Librarianship, 40) Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Walker, W., & Keenan, T. (2015). Do You Hear What I See? Assessing Accessibility of Digital Commons and CONTENTdm. Journal Of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 27(2), 69-87.


Laitano, M.I. (2015). Web Accessibility in the Argentine Public University Space. Revista española de Documentación Científica38(1), e079.
 
Yoon, K., Hulscher, L. & Dols, R. (2016). Accessibility and Diversity in Library and Information Science: Inclusive Information Architecture for Library Websites. The Library Quarterly. 86 (2), 213-229.

Blechner, A.J. (2015). Improving Usability of Legal Research Databases for Users with Print Disabilities. Legal Reference Services Quarterly. 34(2), 138-175. doi:10.1080/0270319X.2015.1048647

 

Introductions to Web Accessibility:  

WebAIM Introduction to Web Accessibility

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:

Ebook collections vendor accessibility

Blecher, A.J. (2015). Improving Usability of Legal Research Databases for Users with Print Disabilities. Legal Reference Services Quarterly. 34(2), 138-175. doi:10.1080/0270319X.2015.1048647

DeLancey, L. (2015). Assessing the accuracy of vendor-supplied accessibility documentation. Library Hi Tech, 33(1), 103-113. doi:10.1108/LHT-08-2014-0077

Haanperä, T., & Nieminen, M. (2013). Usability of web search interfaces for blind users - A review of digital academic library user interfacesin Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Applications and Services for Quality of Life Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 8011, 2013, pp 321-330.

Riley-Huff, D.A. (2015). Supporting Web Accessibility Through Rich Internet Applications: Insights for Libraries, in Anne Woodsworth , W. David Penniman (ed.) Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and the Inclusive Future of Libraries (Advances in Librarianship, 40) Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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

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

Walker, W., & Keenan, T. (2015). Do You Hear What I See? Assessing Accessibility of Digital Commons and CONTENTdm. Journal Of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 27(2), 69-87.

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) Repository

Accessibility of Library Websites:

Laitano, M.I. (2015). Web Accessibility in the Argentine Public University Space. Revista española de Documentación Científica38(1), e079.
 
Yoon, K., Hulscher, L. & Dols, R. (2016). Accessibility and Diversity in Library and Information Science: Inclusive Information Architecture for Library Websites. The Library Quarterly. 86 (2), 213-229.

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, Settlements and Lawsuits in Higher Education:

Accessible Instructional Materials and the Siskiyou Joint Community College District Settlement (November 20, 2016)

Miami University Agrees to Overhaul Critical Technologies to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit (October 17, 2016)

Harvard and MIT are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions. (February 12, 2015) article from New York Times.

University of Cincinnati Resolution Agreement [pdf] (December 8, 2014)

Youngstown State University Resolution Agreement [pdf] (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)

Settlement between Penn State University and National Federation of the Blind," (2011)

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Online Doc New Location of VPAT Repository

by Adina Mulliken on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Hello colleagues,

 

The VPAT Repository, which was previously hosted in the LUA website, has moved to a new address: https://vpats.wordpress.com/

 

I am still maintaining it, and welcome any suggestions and additions.

 

Thank you,

Laura

 

Laura DeLancey

Assistant Professor

Electronic & Continuing Resources Coordinator

Western Kentucky University Libraries

laura.delancey@wku.edu

270.745.3979

Online Doc listserv is available to communicate about Libraries for Universal Accessibility website

by Adina Mulliken on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

John Siegal and Karen Russ from University of Arkansas have set up a listserv to use to communicate about LUA.  If you would like to be on the listserv, here is how to sign up:

 

Send a message to listserv@ualr.edu and leave the subject line blank.

 

In the body of the message, type the following: 

subscribe LUA-L first name last name

 

Online Doc Notes from ALA Annual LITA/ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group meeting

by Adina Mulliken on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 03:58 pm

Notes for ACRL & LITA Universal Accessibility Interest Group meeting Monday, 7/1/2013 8:30-10am, ALA Annual, Chicago

 

Attendees: Christina Golm, Jeffrey Archer, Ranti Junus (LITA Chair and recorder), Helen Gbala, Mirielle Djenno, Lily Sacharow, Emily Kelly, Yao Ding, Alec McFarlane, Adina Mulliken (recorder), Debra Riley-Huff via Skype (ACRL Convener).

 

-Introductions

 

-Discussion of Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) website and how to contribute to it.

 

- Next virtual meeting: July 8th, 3-5 EDT

 

Notes for ACRL & LITA Universal Accessibility Interest Group meeting Monday, 7/1/2013 8:30-10am, ALA Annual, Chicago

 

Attendees: Christina Golm, Jeffrey Archer, Ranti Junus (LITA Chair and recorder), Helen Gbala, Mirielle Djenno, Lily Sacharow, Emily Kelly, Yao Ding, Alec McFarlane, Adina Mulliken (recorder), Debra Riley-Huff via Skype (ACRL Convener).

 

-Introductions

 

-Discussion of Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) website and how to contribute to it.

 

- Next virtual meeting: July 8th, 3-5 EDT

 

-General discussion:

 

RUSA Education committee has 78 webinars this year

 

LITA Education committee also wants to do a webinar

 

Discussion of other accessibility related groups within ALA.  There's an LSPSS-ASCLA mailing list.  We talked about history of various Universal Accessibility IGs from ASCAL, ACRL, and LITA

 

Companies that get involved in accessibility collaboration: EBSCO and Elsevier. Work with folks at UIUC.

 

Jeffrey’s library is working on language about accessibility for licenses.  The Report of the ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilitieshttp://www.arl.org/focus-areas/copyright-ip/2342-report-of-the-arl-joint-task-force-on-services-to-patrons-with-print-disabilities-nov-2-2012 has recommended language.  Additional examples of license language are here http://connect.ala.org/node/99084

Digital Accessibility Expo is a conference in the spring. http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/oaa/disability_resources/dae2012/index.html

 

Emily has experience that some students prefer Hal over Jaws.

 

Lily‘s library has included outreach to teach faculty how to do captioning in their digital projects.  They offer captioning workshops.

 

On "universal access" --> push the accessibility first, not as an after thought

 

Possible content for LUA: cheat sheet. 

 

 

 

Deaf community whose ASL as 1st language to them might not always understand the language used for captioning. They would prefer live sign language.  Alec explained that he is advocating for a Deaf Cultural Library, modeled after Libraries for the Blind, that would have resources such as videos with live captioning.

 

Definition of "deaf": all level of hearing disability, just as Libraries for the Blind include all levels of low vision and blindness.

 

On "universal accessibly": think this as more than for those with disability. Example: ramp works not only for wheel chair, but also for parents with stroller, those with walkers or crutch, etc.

 

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Online Doc Toronto Association of the Deaf Petition Letter

by Alec McFarlane on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 06:46 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

In the interest of Universal Access, and the needs of the deaf community I submit these attachments as supplemental and supporting documentation.  These letters go to the ongoing matter of developing guidelines and the particular needs of the deaf community.  This would also go towards the guidelines being developed in conjunction with the IFLA.

Online Doc Notes from Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) conference call 7/8/13

by Adina Mulliken on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 05:23 pm

Notes from Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) conference call 7/8/13

Attendees: Debra Riley-Huff, Adina Mulliken (recorder), Laura Lillard, Melissa Cardenas-Dow, Amy Wilms (sp?),  Jim Tobias, John Siegal, Karen Russ (sp?), Jane Vincent, Doug Joubert, Mireille Djenno, Alec McFarlane.

 

The call began with introductions.

Adina gave an overview of the site.

Melissa is interested to promote the site among APALA and instruction librarians’ groups she is involved with. 

Notes from Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) conference call 7/8/13

Attendees: Debra Riley-Huff, Adina Mulliken (recorder), Laura Lillard, Melissa Cardenas-Dow, Amy Wilms (sp?),  Jim Tobias, John Siegal, Karen Russ (sp?), Jane Vincent, Doug Joubert, Mireille Djenno, Alec McFarlane.

 

The call began with introductions.

Adina gave an overview of the site.

Melissa is interested to promote the site among APALA and instruction librarians’ groups she is involved with. 

We are at a point of looking for volunteers to contribute content to the site.

Someone suggested a template for reviewing resources along the lines of the Charleston review. 

John and Karen have a Libguide about what their library does for accessibility that they could contribute, as well as a guide about database accessibility that their librarians use that they can post.

Alec has a guide to library accessibility for people who are Deaf that he can post.

There was discussion about balancing the value of doing reviews that are as useful as possible  with the amount of time and expertise volunteers may have available to contribute reviews.

The site currently says “Volunteer reviewers will have varying levels of experience regarding accessibility, and are not expected to be experts. …. Some volunteer reviewers will contribute their experience of usability of a resource as a person with a disability and others will contribute from the point of view of a person without a disability…. When reading reviews on this site, please use your judgment and additional information about technical standards and policy requirements to supplement your understanding.”

John and Karen will create a listserv for people involved in LUA .

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Online Doc UAIG 2012 - Comeaux Presentation Slides

by David Comeaux on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 03:30 pm

Online Doc Other accessibility related groups within ALA

by Adina Mulliken on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 03:15 pm

Other accessibility related groups within ALA:

Other accessibility related groups within ALA:

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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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