VoiceOver Simplified

VoiceOver is the screen-reader or text to speech tool that is built into Apple’s operating system. It will not work on the Windows operating system. Many use this tool to listen to email messages, content on websites, etc. Note: when these resources reference the “VO” key, they mean command + option Here are some simple commands to help you get started in using VoiceOver: command + F5 turns VoiceOver on/off tab navigates to an interactive element ctrl + option + right arrow (repeatedly) navigates to the next element ctrl + option + command + h (repeatedly) navigates by headings explore … Continue reading VoiceOver Simplified

Early steps to building a CLAC accessibility community

Liberal arts colleges are under increased scrutiny of their institutional approach for ensuring accessibility of web and other digital communication methods. While the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have issued guidance regarding institutional obligations for ensuring access for students with disabilities, colleges still struggle with how to best address such obligations within the context of policy, procedure, and implementation. The challenge of accessibility is systemic in nature and requires an organizational approach. Being reactive to DOJ and OCR investigations can be resource-intensive and may not always promote the most sustainable solutions. … Continue reading Early steps to building a CLAC accessibility community

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Turn web images off – can you still figure out what is going on?

As Swarthmore’s Technology Accessibility Coordinator, part of my work involves testing websites to see what kinds of barriers exist to accessing content online. I often run into sites which use images for navigation, tasks, and information.  I’m always curious to … Continue reading Turn web images off – can you still figure out what is going on?