Online Learning and Webpage Accessibility Resources

Access to internet pages and content changes rapidly. Not only are new standards being released, browsers and adaptive technology are being updated yearly to make sure that people with disabilities have access to all of the new forms of technology and software. Below is information on conferences and articles to help you better understand accessibility in the digital world. Updates will be made regularly.

Trainings and Presentations

K-Access videos and articles

Conferences

Accessing Higher Ground
  • Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference
  • Disability Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder presents Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference for Education, for Businesses, for Web and Media Designers. Accessing Higher Ground focuses on the implementation and benefits of Assistive Technology in the university and college setting for people with sensory, physical, and learning disabilities. Other topics include legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance, and making campus media and information resources - including Web pages and library resources - accessible.
CSUN
  • Center on Disabilities International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
  • This conference is put on by the California State University, Northridge Campus. Topics presented at this conference include many up and coming technologies and in-depth understanding of our current web technologies, all focused with accessibility in mind.

Blogs and websites

WebAIM
  • "Expanding the web's potential for people with disabilities."
  • WebAIM is a project by Utah State University and the Center for Persons with Disabilities. They regularly publish tips, articles, and blog postings about accessibility on the internet. This is a very valuable site for "how-to" information for creating better webpages. They also have a product called "WAVE" for evaluating webpages.
DO IT
  • Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology
  • DO IT has long been a leader in accessibility and universal design. DO IT looks at technical specifics as well as teaching pedagogy. Their site has many free publications to get you started on creating and maintaining an accessible environment.
A List Apart
  • "For People who Make Websites:" A List Apart Magazine (ISSN: 1534-0295) explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
  • A List Apart helps people design websites to standards. Although accessibility is not the main focus, accessibility is very much a part of web standards and this site has done a great job making sure accessibility is part of the conversation. Contributors such as Eric Meyer have done much to further the accessible use of CSS and HTML5.
ATHEN
  • Access Technology Higher Education Network
  • ATHEN is a professional association and network for Access Technology in Higher Education. The purpose of ATHEN is to collect and disseminate best practices in access technology in the higher education environment as well as present a collective voice for the professional practice of access technology in higher education.

PodCasts

    • Web Axe
    • Dennis Lembree and Ross Johnson discuss web accessibility tools and tips.

Advanced Topics and Articles

Advanced PDF accessibility
  • Tagging PDFs Quick Tip
  • Accessibility for PDFs ranges from the basic (making sure PDF files are accessible through screen reading software) to complex (giving that document headings and a hierarchal structure). This document will help you create highly accessible and usable PDF files. This is encouraged for all files over ten pages, with headings, or chapters.
Caption Software
  • MAGpie
  • MAGpie is a great program for adding captions to video. It does take some understanding of video files and captions. Adding captions can be a complex and time consuming process: using a program such as this helps one appreciate the process.
ARIA
  • The Accessibility of WAI-ARIA
  • ARIA and Progressive Enhancement
  • As stated by the Web Accessibility Initiative (w3.org), "WAI-ARIA, the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies. Currently certain functionality used in Web sites is not available to some users with disabilities, especially people who rely on screen readers and people who cannot use a mouse. WAI-ARIA addresses these accessibility challenges, for example, by defining new ways for functionality to be provided to assistive technology. With WAI-ARIA, developers can make advanced Web applications accessible and usable to people with disabilities." These articles point out the benefits of ARIA as well as the downside to updating internet applications before adaptive technology has a chance to catch up.
Survey Tools
  • Survey of Survey Tools
  • The Web Accessibility Center is a respectable resource out of Ohio State University. This group has done a great job researching survey tools and asking just how accessible they really are. Often times we use surveys without thinking about accessibility and for many years the popular tools were inaccessible. Now things have improved and the WAC gives a rundown on which tools might be the best choice. Although this page was last updated in 2008, we expect an update in the next couple months.
Checklists for web accessibility
  • 25 Ways to make your site more accessible
  • Dennis E. Lembree is an accomplished Web developer who has worked for a variety of companies, including Ford, Google, Disney and RIM. He is the author of Web Axe, a podcast and blog focused on Web accessibility. Mr. Lembree is also the author of the award-winning Accessible Twitter Web application. This article is a great introduction to some common elements we look over.
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