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ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (AT)

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.

Free Assistive Technology Software (opens new window) - Yes, free AT software listed by the Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center.

How to Use Assistive Technology to Comply with Section 508 (opens new window) - Webinar recording and materials hosted by HowTo.gov.

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.

BOOKS

Books about implementing accessibility are available for checkout at the WTAMU Cornette Library.

  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).

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CAPTIONING

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

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.

COMPLIANCE TESTING

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.

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.

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.

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DEMONSTRATIONS

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.

DISTANCE LEARNING AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Accessible Classroom Technologies Wiki - 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.

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

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

Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities.

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

AccessText Network (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.

Integrating Accessibility into Online Higher Education - 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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E-MAIL LISTS

AccessDL - - 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 - - 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 - - special interest group on Accessibility, moderated by the Austin, TX based non-profit, Knowbility.

AccessInfo - - 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 - - sign up for a short newsletter distributed bi-weekly by Dr. Jakob Nielsen, user advocate and principal of the Nielsen Norman Group.

ATHEN-LIST (Access Technology Higher Education Network) - - 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 shares CDD news and project updates for people with disabilities and their families, professionals and paraprofessionals.

ITACCESS - - 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 - - discussion list of the Public Electronic Services On-the-Internet Working Group, 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.

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FAQ PAGES

Texas A&M University Web Accessibility.

University of Washington, The Faculty Room, Web Pages

OPPORTUNITIES

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

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • AHEAD – Association on Higher Education and Disability.
  • ATHEN – Access Technology Higher Education Network.
  • COAT – Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology. 

PURCHASING

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

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM)

AccessSTEM 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. 

SOCIAL MEDIA

WTAMU Web and Social Media Guidelines.

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

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

Social Media Guidelines by Texas DIR.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

FCC Accessibility Clearinghouse - 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

Accessible PDF - Training for all University faculty and staff on making accessible PDF documents and forms.

Accessible PDF 

June 10-11, 2014. 
Times to be determined.
Hastings Electronic Learning Center (HELC) Room 55D.
Main Campus, Canyon, TX.

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

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ELSEWHERE

Accessible Digital Media Guidelines 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.

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

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

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

Adobe Acrobat Accessibility – resources and tutorials by Adobe Systems, Inc.

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

Apple Accessibility - product resources by Apple, Inc.

Center for Universal Design in Education - educator resources.  Directed by DO-IT at the University of Washington.

Creating Accessible Flash Content - 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.

Creating Accessible Microsoft Office Documents – 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 - guidance article by Microsoft.

DIAGRAM Center - 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).

Disability Training Network – 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) - 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 - annual conference with virtual option.  Hosted by EDUCAUSE. 

E-Learning Symposium – annual conference in Austin, TX. Hosted by Texas DIR and the E-Learning Council.

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

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

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.

Microsoft Accessibility – resources and tutorials by Microsoft.

Microsoft Accessibility in Education – teaching guides for educators by Microsoft.

National ADA Training - comprehensive ADA training resources. Hosted by ADA National Network and Southeast ADA Center.

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

Section 508 Universe – resources and online training. Hosted by US General Services Administration.

Statewide EIR Accessibility Education – resources and online training. Hosted by Texas DIR.

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

Windows Accessibility Dev Center – web developer resources and tools by Microsoft.

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WEB

Accessible Design: Best Practices (opens new window) - tutorial introducing both good accessible and good usability web design by the Web Accessibility Center of Ohio State University .

Texas A&M University Web Accessibility, Usability, and Standards 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) - WAI of the World Wide Web Consortium (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 Tutorials (opens new window) - draft tutorials on how to create websites that meet WCAG from the W3C WAI. 

WORKGROUPS

Linux Foundation Open Accessibility (A11y) Workgroup 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 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.

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