Oklahoma ABLE Tech Information and Communication Technology May, 2016 Newsletter
Written by Rob Carr, Oklahoma ABLE Tech IT Accessibility Coordinator
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Updates from Around Accessibility Land
Spring is indeed conference season. And conference season brings announcements about new and updated accessibility support for tools that you may use.
- Google introduced an accessibility testing app for Android developers, among other new tools. Also in the mix is voice typing for Google Docs. You have to use Chrome to use this feature. I have used it a bit to dictate a script for a webcast.
- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is working to update a lot of its content. Specifically, W3C has created a draft set of Accessibility Requirements for People with Low Vision. Very informative!
- The W3C also has updated both its Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0.
- Finally from the W3C is Planning and Managing Web Accessibility. This provides guidance on integrating accessibility into web production. Another good read for anyone that is involved in design and development process management.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day is May 19
Mark May 19 on your calendar as Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! And take the no-mouse challenge: put your mouse away and don't touch your laptop touchpad for an hour. While you try to get some things done on the web, of course. Navigate by only using your keyboard. Make some notes about your experience. Then, email your story to me. We would love to read about your experiences!
Comparison of Automated Accessibility Checkers
One of the most popular conference sessions at the annual California State University at Northridge 31st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN for short) discussed different experiences with different automatic web accessibility checkers. Terrell Thompson at the University of Washington decided to bring a few more checkers into the mix. He published his results in this comparison of automated checkers.
Accessibility in Higher Education
For the past three-plus years I have had the pleasure of coordinating ABLE Tech's Web Accessibility in Higher Education Project (WAHEP). If you are working to implement accessibility into any part of a higher education institution, then this article on master planning the digital campus for learners with disabilities will be interesting to you. It is a good read for anyone that wrestles with integrating technology accessibility into any organization.
Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs Accessibility Webcast Series
Just a reminder that ABLE Tech is pleased to be the provider of training and technical assistance to its peer Assisitve Technology Act Programs across the country. As part of those efforts, ABLE Tech produces a series of webcasts. Each webcast covers a different angle of technology accessibility. Webcasts are published to the national Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs webinar website. There you will also find previous webinars from other Programs on many topics around technology accessibility.
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