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
Information Technology Services staff are in the office throughout the regular work day at Swarthmore and usually a bit beyond. And we love to talk with and help out members of the community with technology related questions. However you can … Continue reading Getting help when YOU need it!
If you create and promote events on campus, you may be aware that there has not been a centralized way to create event registration since our … Continue reading Event Registration with Qualtrics
The project proposal submission deadline is fast approaching! The Libraries and ITS invite all current employees (including faculty, instructional staff, and staff) to submit proposals for Swarthmore Projects for Educational Exploration and Development (SPEED) support. SPEED awards primarily consist of … Continue reading SPEED 2019 Project Proposal Deadline – April 15th
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?
Grackle is an awesome plugin which works in conjunction with the Google suite of documents: Docs, Sheets and Slides. There are several obstacles to document accessibility. There are two really big ones: Lack of structure Lack of image descriptions … Continue reading Grackle – Making Google Documents Accessible