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?

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Across the world today, people are paying attention to what it means to be a person with a disability.  As a technologist I’d like to suggest some simple tasks to help you learn about some of ways people use assistive technology to get around the web and/or their mobile devices. Say “goodbye” to your mouse Detach your mouse and try navigating using only your keyboard.  The following keys can be used: Tab key: Navigates to most elements, usually links or buttons.  If the website is built correctly you should see an outline around each element as to tab to it.  … Continue reading Global Accessibility Awareness Day