Tackled Digital Accessibility

From the Center on Technology and Disability

fingers on computer keyboardAs states and districts across the nation increase their use of technology to support instruction and communication, the issue of accessible content for students, families, and community members with disabilities needs to be front and center in the decision making process. Addressing digital accessibility takes a team-based approach.

Join the Center on Technology and Disability on Tuesday, May 23 from 2:30-4:00 PM/ET for an engaging panel discussion to learn how the state of Utah is collaborating across departments to develop strategies to increase digital accessibility at the state and district levels. Panelists from Utah will discuss accessibility challenges, the overarching infrastructure they developed on a state level, and break down the process they’ve established to ensure that materials are accessible to all audiences. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions prior to the webinar to engage in an active Q&A with the panelists.

Register for this opportunity to engage with the expert panel…

Interested in learning more? Contact the CTD Technical Assistance Lead for SEA/LEA support, Kristin Ruedel at KRuedel@air.org.

Learn about Audio Description

Audio Description logoAudio description, also referred to as a video description, described video, or more precisely called a visual description, is an additional narration track intended primarily for blind and visually impaired consumers of visual media (including television and film, dance, opera, and visual art). It consists of a narrator talking through the presentation, describing what is happening on the screen or stage during the natural pauses in the audio, and sometimes during dialogue if deemed necessary.” – Wikipedia

The addition of this requirement to the Section 508 Refresh will make many folks scramble to meet this accessibility guideline. To help with the conversation, 3 Play Media is offering a free webinar, Introduction to Audio Description on May 4th at 2:00 PM ET.

Here is more information and registration for the free webinar, Introduction to Audio Description…

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Webinar: What You Need to Know To Make Sure Your Website Is Accessible To All

Date: April 11, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET

Program Description

Information Technology“Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web.” So says the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) – Web Accessibility Initiative, the group that publishes the “standards” known as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

In this ninety-minute webinar, we will discuss the legal and practical aspects of Accessible Web Design, how to assess your own website, and where to turn to when things are not meeting the requirements.

Learning objectives:

  • What are the laws/rules that pertain to web accessibility.
  • How can I tell if my website is accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Where do I go for assistance to make my website accessible.
  • What resources are available.

This webinar is designed for anyone interested in web accessibility including site administrators and content creators. Knowledge of programming code is not required.

Presenter

John E. Brandt, Training Coordinator, Maine CITE
With more than 30 years of experience in the fields of education, psychology and technology, John has been working in the web design business since 1994. He started serving as a consultant to Maine CITE in 1999 and developed their first website using the elements of accessible and universal web design. Over the years, John has offered numerous training programs on accessibility, served on numerous committees and consulted with many organizations with a goal of making technology accessible to everyone.

Registration

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Please read and follow the directions linked here to access the webinar. We suggest that you test your system and check the technical requirements as soon as possible.

Certificates of Attendance

At the end of presentation, you will be given a link to a website where you can fill out an optional program evaluation form. Certificates of Attendance will be sent (via e-mail) to those who have completed the evaluation form.

Accommodations

CART captioning is provided for all Maine CITE webinar. If you need an additional accommodation to participate in this webinar, please contact Maine CITE Program via e-mail at iweb@mainecite.org or by calling 207-621-3195

White House Delays Effective Date of ICT Final Rule

From the US Access Board

U.S. Access Board Amends Effective Date of ICT Final Rule

US Access Board logoThe U.S. Access Board is postponing by one day the effective date of its final rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Communications Act which was published on January 18. This action is being taken in response to a White House memorandum that directs federal agencies to delay for 60 days the effective date of recently published rules that, as of the date of the memorandum (January 20), had not yet taken effect. In keeping with this White House memorandum, the Access Board has postponed the effective date of the ICT final rule until March 21. This amounts to a one-day delay in the effective date of the rule relative to its originally-published effective date (March 20), as indicated in a notice the Access Board published in today’s Federal Register.

The postponed effective date does not change the scoping or technical requirements in the updated 508 Standards or 255 Guidelines. Nor does it alter compliance dates of the rule. Compliance with the updated Section 508 Standards is not required until January 18, 2018 or, in the case of ICT procurements, dates to be established by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council. The compliance date for the Section 255 Guidelines will be set by Federal Communications Commission when it adopts the guidelines.

Further information on the ICT rule is available on the Board’s website.