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Books

Check out books at the WTAMU Cornette Library on how to apply accessibility to online teaching, organizations, web applications and design.

  1. Making Online Teaching Accessible: Inclusive Course Design for Students with Disabilities by Norman Coombs (Call #LC4024.C66 2010).
  2. Strategic IT Accessibility: Enabling the Organization by Jeff Kline (Call #HD30.2.K556 2011).
  3. Universal Design for Web Applications: Web Applications That Reach Everyone by Wendy Chisholm and Matt May (Call #TK5105.888.C486 2009).
  4. Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility throughout Design (opens new window) by Shawn Lawton Henry (Call #HV1568.H46 2007).

Content

Electronic content that communicates official University business, including documents, forms, educational and training materials must meet applicable requirements for State and University Websites.

Adobe

Accessible PDFs from a Mac (opens new window) - solution instructions from Portland Community College.

Adobe Acrobat Accessibility (opens new window) – resources and tutorials by Adobe Systems, Inc.

Adobe InDesign Accessibility (opens new window) - helps you apply accessibility features within your InDesign document for export to ePub, HTML, or accessible PDF by Adobe Systems, Inc.

Adobe TV, Accessibility at Adobe (opens new window) - expert video tutorials, demos and discussions on accessibility by Adobe Systems, Inc.

InDesign Accessibility (opens new window) - quick steps to address key elements in making short InDesign documents accessible. Hosted by The Pennsylvania State University.

Preparing InDesign Files for Accessibility (opens new window) - video tutorial on using InDesign and Acrobat Professional to create accessible content by Adobe Systems, Inc.

Recognizing Text in Scanned PDF Documents (opens new window) - expert video to learn O C R in Acrobat X Pro by Adobe TV.

ANGEL

ANGEL Accessibility Issues and Recommendations (opens new window) - Penn State IT Knowledge Base by the Pennsylvania State University identifies issues and, where possible, recommended work-arounds for them.

ANGEL Course Management System (opens new window) - AccessAbility by the Pennsylvania State University provides accessibility information about this Web tool as used in their software environment.

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Apple

Apple Accessibility (opens new window) - product resources by Apple, Inc.

Blackboard Learn

Accessibility Information (opens new window) - Blackboard Learn accessibility information by Blackboard Help.

How to Use Blackboard (opens new window) - Blackboard Learn accessibility resources for students, faculty, instructional designers, and administrators by Blackboard Inc.

Microsoft

Creating Accessible Microsoft Office Documents (opens new window) – online tutorials. Hosted by the Texas Office of the Governor. A Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and multi-State agency collaboration.

Creating Accessible Word Documents (opens new window) - guidance article by Microsoft.

Microsoft Accessibility (opens new window) – resources and tutorials by Microsoft.

Microsoft Accessibility Guide for Educators (opens new window) – teaching guides for educators by Microsoft.

Windows Accessibility Dev Center (opens new window) – web developer resources and tools by Microsoft.

Checklists

Accessible Word Documents Checklist (DOCX).

Cheatsheets (opens new window) - free, one-page resources for anyone who is creating accessible content, such as faculty and staff. Catered to those who are less technical, and hosted by the National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE).

Document Creator Checklists (opens new window) - for accessible documents from the Texas Health and Human Services Accessibility Center.

Developer guidelines (opens new window) - IBM accessibility checklists to help content providers and developers understand why and what they need to do to make their information and technology accessible.

IT Accessibility Quick Guide (opens new window) - guides for a high-level understanding of how to use different types of campus technologies accessibly. Hosted by North Carolina State University.

WebAIM's WCAG 2.0 Checklist for HTML Documents (opens new window) - simple checklist of recommendations for WCAG 2.0 conformance of HTML content by WebAIM.

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Distance Learning and Instructional Materials

Access E-Learning (opens new window) - online tutorial on how to make distance education more accessible and usable for all students.  A Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) project at Georgia Tech.

Accessible Classroom Technologies Wiki (opens new window) - repository of tips, guidelines, techniques, and other resources for making classroom media usable for everyone, including people with disabilities. Hosted by The Ohio State University.

AccessText Network (opens new window) (ATN) is a membership exchange network that helps college students with print disabilities by connecting their Disability Service Offices with leading textbook publishers to obtain electronic files, which are then used to create accessible versions of the textbooks.

Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities (opens new window).

CANnect (opens new window) offers up-to-date advice for authoring usable content in the How-To Guide for Creating Accessible Online Learning Content.

The Center on Accessible Distance Learning (AccessDL) (opens new window) at the University of Washington shares guidance and resources on making distance learning courses accessible to students and instructors with disabilities.

Center for Universal Design in Education (opens new window) - educator resources. Directed by DO-IT at the University of Washington.

Developments to Watch: Federal Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Commission (opens new window) - EDUCAUSE blog article by Jarret Cummings.

DIAGRAM Center (opens new window) - webinars focused on tools for creation and access of electronic books with image description, as well as best practices for creating image descriptions for students with print disabilities. DIAGRAM (Digital Image and Graphic Resources for Accessible Materials) Center established by the U.S. Department of Education (Office of Special Education Programs).

Fact Sheets on Accessible Distance Education (opens new window) - quick tips, solutions, and summary of the issues involved in making accessible distance education by the GRADE project at Georgia Tech.

Integrating Accessibility into Online Higher Education (opens new window) - seven scholarly articles on accessibility in online higher education from the Sloan Consortium Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN), Vol 17, No 3 (2013).

Universal Design in Higher Education: Promising Practices (opens new window) - an online book with applications, examples, and articles on Universal Design in Education, sponsored by the DO-IT Center at the University of Washington.

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Video and Multimedia

508 Accessible Videos - Why (and How) to Make Them (opens new window) - a guide to creating accessible video content from the Digital Gov User Experience Program (opens new window) of the US General Services Administration.

Accessible Digital Media Guidelines (opens new window) of the NCAM (National Center for Accessible Media) offer specific ways to make web digital materials and activities, such as images, forms, tables, publications, graphs, multimedia, math and interactivity more accessible.

Captioning FAQ (opens new window) - Suggested styles and conventions for closed captioning, by the Media Access Group at WGBH.

Captioning YouTube Videos (opens new window) - YouTube video to walk you through making captions for your videos in YouTube by GOALS (Gaining Online Accessible Learning through Self-Study) at NCDAE.

Creating Accessible Flash Content (opens new window) - a step-by-step article for creating text equivalents, keyboard accessibility, reading order and other Flash accessibility techniques and considerations, by WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) of the Center for Persons with Disabilities and Utah State University.

Media Accessibility User Requirements (opens new window) - W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) Working Draft presents the accessibility requirements users with disabilities have with respect to audio and video on the web.

Using YouTube with a Screen Reader (opens new window) - information helpful for people using YouTube with screen readers, from YouTube Help.

Websites

Texas A&M University Web Accessibility, Usability, and Standards (opens new window) website provides resources, guidelines, and information to help campus Webmasters, developers, and designers with issues of best practices and compliance.

WTAMU Web General Guidelines and Practices.

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) (opens new window) - WAI of the W3C develops support materials and resources to help understand and implement Web accessibility. WAI also develops the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) widely regarded as the international standard for Web accessibility.

Web Accessibility Best Practices (opens new window).

Web Accessibility Tutorials (opens new window) - draft tutorials on how to create websites that meet WCAG from the W3C WAI.

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Compliance Testing

Colour Contrast Analyser (opens new window) - check any colour combo in any file or app with this tool by the paciello group.

Easy Checks: A First Review of Web Accessibility (opens new window) - basic checks for specific aspects of a webpage by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative.

How to Meet WCAG 2.0 (opens new window) – customizable quick reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative.

Section 508 manual evaluation (opens new window) - procedure with companion reference guide and evaluation tools by the California State University System.

Tools (opens new window) - evaluation tools used by Usability / Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) at Michigan State University.

Web Accessibility Testing Techniques (opens new window) - slide show presentation from Paul J. Adam.

Social Media

WTAMU Web and Social Media Guidelines.

The W3C Social Web Incubator Group’s wiki liaison page lists multiple Twitter API Clients Used by Persons with Disabilities (opens new window).

Facebook Accessibility for People with Disabilities (opens new window) - the Facebook Help Center answers frequently asked questions about accessibility and assistive technology.

Social Media Guidelines (opens new window) by Texas DIR.

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Functional Performance

Content will perform and function as intended for everyone, including for people with vision, hearing, speech, and motor disabilities. People with disabilities will have equal access to inputs, controls and operations, and to visible and audible information through support for assistive technologies (AT), or an equal way to use the content will be provided.

Accessibility.TV (opens new window) - Internet TV station dedicated to Assistive Technology.

Assistive Technology Videos (opens new window) - Product demonstration videos about the different types of AT provided by the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP), US Department of Defense.

Effective Communication (PDF, opens new window) - U S Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, A D A Requirements for Effective Communication.  Published January 2014, duplication encouraged.

How People with Disabilities Use the Web (opens new window) - overview, stories of web users, and more by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative.

How to Use Assistive Technology to Comply with Section 508 (opens new window) - Access Matters Blog by Interactive Accessibility.

Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP) (opens new window) - The program gives short-term device loans and demonstration referrals to increase AT access for people with disabilities by the University of Texas at Austin.

Window-Eyes Offer for Users of Microsoft Office (opens new window) - Get a fully functional license for the Window-Eyes screen reader for free, if you have a registered version of Microsoft Office 2010 (or higher). Offered by GW Micro, Inc. and Microsoft Corporation beginning January 14, 2014.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

AccessSTEM (opens new window) is the University of Washington Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, that helps K-12 teachers, postsecondary educators, and employers make classroom and employment opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics accessible to individuals with disabilities, and provides a place to share promising practices.

Effective Practices for Description of Science Content within Digital Talking Books (opens new window) by the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM).

SciTrain (opens new window) - research initiative to train high school math and science teachers to be more effective instructors for students with disabilities.  By the CATEA (Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access) at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT) College of Architecture.

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Telecommunications

FCC Accessibility Clearinghouse (opens new window) - Web repository of accessible communications products and services information, mandated by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).

Training

Upcoming at WTAMU

ADA and Accessibility: Training Students in a Workplace Environment, Best Practice Webinar (opens new window) -

An examination of institutional obligations associated with clinical, student teaching, externship and internship placements. This 90 minute interactive webinar examines the new compliance environment created by the ADAAA (ADA Amendments Act of 2008) (opens new window) and the impact on the documentation practices and procedures used by colleges and universities.

Audience: This training is for all University faculty, student services professionals, disability services providers, ADA coordinators, affirmative action officers, general counsel, etc.

ADA and Accessibility: Training Students in a Workplace Environment.

Presenter:  Salome Heyward, Esq.
Date:  October 21, 2014.
Time:  12:30PM (Central).
Duration:  1 hour 30 minutes.
Location:  Hastings Electronic Learning Center, Room 55D, Main Campus, Canyon, TX.
Facilitator:  Krista Favela, Instructional Designer, Instructional Technology Services.

Contact the accessibility coordinator, accessibility@mail.wtamu.edu or (806) 651-1241, for more information.

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Elsewhere

Accessing Higher Ground (opens new window) – annual conference in Westminster, CO. Hosted by AHEAD. An ATHEN, EASI, and University of Colorado-Boulder collaboration.

ADA National Network (opens new window) - training on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Funded by the US Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

ADA Online Learning (opens new window) – technology webinar series and archives. Hosted by the Great Lakes ADA Center. An ADA National Network project.

Disability Training Network (opens new window) – online training. A Texas A&M University Center on Disability and Development project for the Texas A&M University System.

EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) (opens new window) - free and fee-based online courses and webinars. EASI is a non-profit organization, which believes that students and professionals with disabilities have the same right to access information technology as everyone else.

EDUCAUSE (opens new window) - annual conference with virtual option. Hosted by EDUCAUSE.
E-Learning Symposium (opens new window) – annual conference in Austin, TX. Hosted by Texas DIR and the E-Learning Council.

E-Learning Symposium (opens new window) – annual conference in Austin, TX. Hosted by Texas DIR and the E-Learning Council.

John Slatin AccessU (opens new window) - annual accessibility training conference in Austin, TX, presented by Knowbility, provides three days of instruction in how to make electronic information technology accessible to everyone - including people with disabilities.

National ADA Training (opens new window) - comprehensive ADA training resources. Hosted by ADA National Network and Southeast ADA Center.

Section 508 Universe (opens new window) – resources and online training. Hosted by US General Services Administration.

Siteimprove Resources (opens new window) - Web Governance Essentials includes live and on-demand Webinars.

SSB Bart Group Web Accessibility 101 Series (opens new window) - features short video demonstrations and tutorials.

Statewide EIR Accessibility Education (opens new window) – resources and online training. Hosted by Texas DIR.

WebAIM (opens new window) – web accessibility trainings in Logan, UT. A Center for Persons with Disabilities and Utah State University initiative.

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Purchasing

VPAT and Beyond (opens new window) - Article on the value of a VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template). By the Great Lakes ADA Center, January 2014.

FAQ Pages

Demonstrations

A Personal Look at Accessibility in Higher Education (opens in new window) - YouTube video by GOALS at NCDAE. 

Short video (opens new window) on why it is important to provide accessible course materials.

Video produced by the National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB’s) International Braille and Technology Center (opens new window) showing accessibility issues encountered when using Google apps and Gmail.

Email Discussion Lists

AccessDL (opens new window) - higher education list to discuss issues related to designing accessible distance learning courses, accessible website design, policy and practice, supported by DO-IT at the University of Washington.

Accessing Higher Ground Mailing List (opens new window) - list of the official annual conference of ATHEN (Access Technology Higher Education Network) and hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder, to discuss conference and accessible media, web, universal design and assistive technology updates for university, business and public settings.

Accessibility_SIG (opens new window) - special interest group on Accessibility, moderated by the Austin, TX based non-profit, Knowbility.

AccessInfo (opens new window) - list of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau and Disability Rights Office provides regular updates on accessibility-related FCC actions.

Alertbox: Current Issues in Web Usability (opens new window) - sign up for a short newsletter distributed weekly by Dr. Jakob Nielsen, user advocate and principal of the Nielsen Norman Group.

ATHEN-LIST (Access Technology Higher Education Network) (opens new window) - practical information and best practices by a professional association and network of those working in Access Technology in Higher Education, hosted by the University of Washington.

The Texas A&M University Center on Disability and Development (CDD) monthly newsletter (opens new window) shares CDD news and project updates for people with disabilities and their families, professionals and paraprofessionals.

ITACCESS (opens new window) - discussion list of the EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group used to assess the scope of IT accessibility issues, identify resources and initiatives, develop best practices on policy and assistive program and service development, and focus on campus-wide universal access to information available via technology in higher education.

PESO-WG list (opens new window) - discussion list of the Public Electronic Services On-the-Internet Working Group (opens new window), moderated by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), used for addressing policy and technology issues related to improving access to government information and services via the Internet.

Web Accessibility (opens new window) - for anyone interested in discussing web accessibility issues.  Managed by WebAIM.

Professional Organizations

Workgroups

Linux Foundation Open Accessibility (A11y) Workgroup (opens new window) functions to establish free and open standards that enable comprehensive access to various computing platforms, applications, and services, and works to make it easier for developers, ISVs, and distributions to support assistive technologies (AT).

PESO (Public Electronic Services On-the-Internet) Working Group (opens new window) is a forum for policy and technology issues to improve access to government information and services via the Internet. Meetings are held monthly and membership is open to all government entities and the public.

WTAMU TAC Accessibility Workgroup.

Opportunities

FCC Chairman Awards for Advancements in Accessibility (opens new window) - given annually to pioneers in accessibility. Hosted by Federal Communications Commission and Broadband.gov.

GOALS Project (opens new window) - grant effort by the NCDAE and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) to develop and use a self-study tool for the continuous improvement of University web accessibility.

OpenAIR Accessibility Internet Rally (opens new window) - professional web development teams, individuals and non-profits join in a community hackathon for Internet website accessibility for people with disabilities. The competition pairs teams of web developers with non-profit organizations and schools to provide them with free, professionally designed, accessible websites. Event held annually by Knowbility.

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