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Jon Gunderson (University of Illinois) opened the ITACCESS Constituent Group meeting and asked Lisa Caid (West Texas A&M University) to take notes. Also present were Ann Manning (Wesley College), and Lorraine Norwich (Boston University). Jon tabled agenda item 1, Recap of accessibility events at Educause conference in October, as most present had not attended the conference. Jon addressed agenda item 2, Future teleconference topics, and asked what this group could do besides EDUCAUSE conference planning. Jon discussed how the group might help support authoring tools (such as SoftChalk, or other non-Microsoft Office tools that instructors use) in their efforts to automate some accessibility functions (such as automatically provided XTML graphs from Excel graphs) to make more accessible instructional materials. A core group could look at how these authoring tools might be improved to support instructors in making accessible materials more easily, by default. Ann noted that Boston College got a federal grant for Universal Design work, and that there may be a connection to make by learning from their work. Jon asked Ann to contact Boston College and bring back some info on what they are doing, and to see if Boston College might be interested in learning about priorities from our group. Jon said that procurement was a big issue from the annual Constituent Group meeting. The first step for accessible procurement is to include statements in RFPs (requests for proposals) and contracts that require accessibility standards. Next is to make purchasers aware of the contractual accessibility requirements, and get accurate accessibility information from the vendors. This group could look at how to make accessibility part of the culture of purchasing. Lisa said that Texas Administrative Codes require state institutions of higher education to include processes for accessible procurement in University policy. West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) is finishing a procedure that includes accessible procurement and will share with the group when it's published. Ann mentioned that she attends Student Affairs conferences and sees opportunities for conferences across disciplines to share accessibility training and information (such as the New England AHEAD spring webinar about funding what is needed to make software accessible). Jon said a place is needed to collect where all the accessibility webinars and trainings are happening, but asked where and how it could be posted for the benefit of faculty and instructional designers. Jon discussed using web accessibility analytics to focus higher education managers on the resources they need to help fix their accessibility problems, especially when the analytics show that the institution is not as accessible as peer institutions, giving incentive for improvements. Lisa asked about higher education curriculum and courses (such as WCAG 2.0 Compliance) that teach students to develop accessible IT products and services, so that those students can be hired by university IT departments to help implement standards based compliance that is required by law. This relates to professional credentialing. Lorraine said that she had taught engineering school students on accessibility (such as those completing capstone projects) and there are ways to look at creating the curriculum such as exploring product ideas. Jon said there are different aspects of credentialing to consider, such as different fields (Assistive Technology Industry Association, usability, higher education, or commercial areas), bodies of knowledge, informal certificates of completion, and demonstrations of knowledge or competencies. He said WebAIM and CSUN offer trainings, but asked what the training provides, and what is the incentive or compensation for those developing the training. Jon said that he may take this discussion to his dean for developing a certificate course. Ann said that the University of Connecticut School of Education has a certificate in post-secondary disability services. Jon adjourned the meeting at 12:45 p.m. CT. Sincerely, Lisa M. Caid Accessibility Coordinator Information Technology West Texas A&M University www.wtamu.edu/about/web-accessibility.aspx Office: 806-651-1241 lcaid@wtamu.edu TAC 206 Definitions. TAC 213 Definitions. If you need email content or attachments in alternate formats for accessibility, please send your contact information and the specifics of your request to accessibility@wtamu.edu.

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Hello, I am usually a lurker to the great information that is shared in this group. I apologize in advance if this has been discussed and I have missed it. We are in the process of beginning training for faculty on how to make their courses accessible. We have offered three workshops and only a couple of people attended. I am reaching to get assistance with two things. 1. How do you get faculty to come to the training to understand what they need to do to make accessible instructional materials/content? Do you have a series of workshops? Do you catchy titles? Do you have trainings for specific departments instead of open workshops for all instructors? Do you have staff that makes the material accessible for the instructors? 2. How do you evaluate the content in the LMS for accessibility? We are a Moodle 2.5 campus. We were using Compliance Sheriff to test for accessibility but it doesn't give an accurate report. It looks for many things in the LMS that aren't compliant rather than focusing on the content of the course. We'd like to keep those two issues separate. We are looking for something that will let us know if they don't have alt tags on images, if their PowerPoint, Word, or PDF documents are not accessible, if they have non-descriptive links, etc. We appreciate any guidance you can provide. Barbara -- Barbara Taylor, MA, MS Instructional Developer/Team Lead IITS/Academic Technology Services California State University San Marcos 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd. San Marcos, CA 92096 Ph: 760-750-8673 ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
Would folks please be willing to share procurement language in policy or practice at your institution regarding web accessibility? Thanks, Tracy ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
Excellent summary of on-going issues and practices, by the way! Tracy
Message from schafercg@missouri.edu

We are interested in this information as well and how others are incorporating it into the RFP process. Carmen Schafer University of Missouri Adaptive Computing Technology Center actcenter.missouri.edu (573)882-8838
For NC State - Instructions to Bidders, step 22, although we will be updating this: http://materialsmgmt.ofb.ncsu.edu/Sourcing-Procurement/Instructions-to-B... FAQ about procurement as it relates to our ICT Accessibility Regulation: http://oit.ncsu.edu/itaccess/ict-accessibility-regulation-faqs#procurement Our actual ICT Accessibility Regulation. Procurement is not specifically addressed in the regulation but it is covered by virtue of what the regulation covers. http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-04-25-05 We are also about to launch a Third Party Purchase/Review process that involves accessibility, security, compliance, and systems integration. Once it is finalized I'll be happy to share it with the list. Greg -- Greg Kraus University IT Accessibility Coordinator NC State University 919.513.4087 gdkraus@ncsu.edu
Information about Boston College's Universal Design for Learning Project is available at: http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/its/projects/udl/project-vision-statement.html.  Professor Richard Jackson is willing to speak with the ITACCESS group about project team's endeavors and recommendations.  I will send Jon his contact information.  

Information about the UConn program I referenced is available here: http://www.cped.uconn.edu/cswk-pds.html

Anne

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Anne Manning
Director of Technology, Student Life Division
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA  02481
(781) 283-3725



Anne,

 

Thanks for checking into this, maybe we could discuss a presentation at our next meeting.

 

Jon

 

 

From: The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:ITACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Anne Manning
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2013 10:35 AM
To: ITACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [ITACCESS] Meeting Notes from 11/6/2013 Meeting

 

Information about Boston College's Universal Design for Learning Project is available at: http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/its/projects/udl/project-vision-statement.html.  Professor Richard Jackson is willing to speak with the ITACCESS group about project team's endeavors and recommendations.  I will send Jon his contact information.  

 

Information about the UConn program I referenced is available here: http://www.cped.uconn.edu/cswk-pds.html

 

Anne


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Anne Manning
Director of Technology, Student Life Division
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA  02481
(781) 283-3725

 

I apologize for cross posting, but am searching all resources for an answer to this question: We are moving to a new website and are using Wufoo for forms, (forms such as admissions forms that students complete online and submit back to the school) however I have found these to be inaccessible (when an error is made, a message pops up asking the user to redo the parts highlighted below. Of course, someone who is blind cannot see what is highlight below) When I point out this problem I was told "everyone on the planet" uses Wufoo for forms. Do you know of other companies who support forms that are fully accessible? Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he [or she] was born in another time. Rabindranath Tagore (the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913) Cindy Poore-Pariseau, Ph. D. Bristol Community College Coordinator of Disability Services Office of Disability Services, L115 Fall River, MA 02720 phone: 508-678-2811 ext. 2470 Fax: 508-730-3297 aim: poorepariseau Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he [or she] was born in another time. Rabindranath Tagore (the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913) Cindy Poore-Pariseau, Ph. D. Bristol Community College Coordinator of Disability Services Office of Disability Services, L115 Fall River, MA 02720 phone: 508-678-2811 ext. 2470 Fax: 508-730-3297 aim: poorepariseau ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
I apologize for cross posting, but am searching all resources for an answer to this question: We are moving to a new website and are using Wufoo for forms, (forms such as admissions forms that students complete online and submit back to the school) however I have found these to be inaccessible (when an error is made, a message pops up asking the user to redo the parts highlighted below. Of course, someone who is blind cannot see what is highlight below) When I point out this problem I was told "everyone on the planet" uses Wufoo for forms. Do you know of other companies who support forms that are fully accessible? Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he [or she] was born in another time. Rabindranath Tagore (the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913) Cindy Poore-Pariseau, Ph. D. Bristol Community College Coordinator of Disability Services Office of Disability Services, L115 Fall River, MA 02720 phone: 508-678-2811 ext. 2470 Fax: 508-730-3297 aim: poorepariseau Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he [or she] was born in another time. Rabindranath Tagore (the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913) Cindy Poore-Pariseau, Ph. D. Bristol Community College Coordinator of Disability Services Office of Disability Services, L115 Fall River, MA 02720 phone: 508-678-2811 ext. 2470 Fax: 508-730-3297 aim: poorepariseau ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
I apologize for cross posting, but am searching all resources for an answer to this question: We are moving to a new website and are using Wufoo for forms, (forms such as admissions forms that students complete online and submit back to the school) however I have found these to be inaccessible (when an error is made, a message pops up asking the user to redo the parts highlighted below. Of course, someone who is blind cannot see what is highlight below) When I point out this problem I was told "everyone on the planet" uses Wufoo for forms. Do you know of other companies who support forms that are fully accessible? Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he [or she] was born in another time. Rabindranath Tagore (the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913) Cindy Poore-Pariseau, Ph. D. Bristol Community College Coordinator of Disability Services Office of Disability Services, L115 Fall River, MA 02720 phone: 508-678-2811 ext. 2470 Fax: 508-730-3297 aim: poorepariseau Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he [or she] was born in another time. Rabindranath Tagore (the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913) Cindy Poore-Pariseau, Ph. D. Bristol Community College Coordinator of Disability Services Office of Disability Services, L115 Fall River, MA 02720 phone: 508-678-2811 ext. 2470 Fax: 508-730-3297 aim: poorepariseau ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
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