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Aaron Gustafson on Accessibility, Usability and the Golden Rule | HOW Interactive Design

Aaron Gustafson on Accessibility, Usability and the Golden Rule | HOW Interactive Design | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Meet Aaron Gustafson: web standards guru, founder of Easy! Designs, author of Adaptive Web Design, A List Apart contributor (oh, and HOW Interactive Design Conference speaker). Suffice it to say, we’re super impressed with Gustafson’s web design credentials … particularly by his dedication to making the web a beautiful, friendly, accessible place for the widest group of users.

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Cheryl Todd's curator insight, July 19, 2014 11:02 AM

I am working on a 4 week course which will focus on creating accessible course content, for blended and online instructional
environments, which meet disability guidelines and decrease barriers to learning. Cheryl

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Judge Says Fair Use Protects Universities in Book-Scanning Project | Threat Level | Wired.com

Judge Says Fair Use Protects Universities in Book-Scanning Project | Threat Level | Wired.com | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

A federal judge on Wednesday said universities had a fair-use defense to charges of copyright infringement when they systematically pooled millions of books they had digitized without permission from rights holders.

 

Fair use is a defense to copyright infringement and may be invoked for purposes such as criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research, the judge noted. He said the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) also played a major factor.

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Lack of accessibility causes delay in full Google roll out - University of Michigan

Lack of accessibility causes delay in full Google roll out - University of Michigan | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Laura Patterson, the University's chief information officer, spoke to the Central Student Government on Tuesday night in response to a resolution passed last week that disapproved of the University’s adoption of Google services that are not fully accessible to disabled students.

 

Patterson said the University recognizes that the services provided through Google are not fully accessible to students with vision difficulty, some learning disabilities and other impairments, and it is working with the company to improve user-friendliness.

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New Accessibility Guildelines in the WordPress User Manual

New Accessibility Guildelines in the WordPress User Manual | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

WordPress has just posted guidelines for Accessibility on WordPress. They cover the basics – headings, alt text on images, descriptive links – as well as some good tips on creating a more readable page and a link to WordPress’s Accessibility Codex, which include more detailed guidelines for accessibility and other A11y resources.

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Concerning Participation in Online Learning by Students with Disabilities

Concerning Participation in Online Learning by Students with Disabilities | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

As Principal Investigators of the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities, we are writing this letter to express some concerns about the present participation of students with disabilities in online learning.

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Disabled UM students file complaint over inaccessible online courses

Disabled UM students file complaint over inaccessible online courses | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Last May, the Alliance for Disability and Students at the University of Montana – ADSUM – filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging students such as Moses who have disabilities face discrimination at UM. On Monday, the department’s Office for Civil Rights confirmed in an email the complaint about educational technologies is under investigation.

In an earlier letter to ADSUM, the Office for Civil Rights noted it has jurisdiction over the allegations: “We have determined that OCR has the authority to resolve your complaint and will do so in accordance with applicable laws and policies.”

 

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Impressions of Pocket’s new text to speech feature | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Impressions of Pocket’s new text to speech feature | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Pocket (previously known as Read it Later) released an interesting update for its Android app last week: Known as the “Listen” feature and part of the Android 4.2 update, Pocket can now read your articles to you.

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So You Want to Make an eBook – A How To Guide: Part 2

So You Want to Make an eBook – A How To Guide: Part 2 | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Some people with disabilities cannot easily access documents, because a machine cannot make those judgment calls when reading it. The assistive device needs a defined hierarchy to help the user read the document in its proper order. It’s our job, and university policy, to make sure our documents are accessible to all users, not just users who can see and hear. Fortunately for us, it only takes a few extra steps. Let’s take a look at the various elements that make an eBook accessible.

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What's New in Accessibility with iOS 6 | AppleVis

What's New in Accessibility with iOS 6 | AppleVis | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

As with the previous release of a major iOS upgrade (from version 4 to 5), there are many enhancements to iOS 6 not directly related to accessibility. Please see the link at the end of this article for a list from Apple about changes not directly related to accessibility. To list and discuss all new features which do not pertain to accessibility is beyond the scope of this article. Rather, this is to specifically focus on changes with respect to the different options available from an accessibility standpoint.

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Web Accessibility Testing: What Can be Tested and How | Karl Groves

Web Accessibility Testing: What Can be Tested and How | Karl Groves | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

The thing about automatic testing is that there are some things which can be tested by machine testing quite reliably. For instance, either you have provided an alt attribute for IMG elements or you have not; either you have provided a LABEL for form fields or you have not. These things are easy to verify with machine testing and they should be done with machine testing – I call these “Automatically Testable”. On the other hand, there are things which can be tested for but the results would need to be verified by a skilled human reviewer.

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Welcome to Includification

Welcome to Includification | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Welcome to the AbleGamers Foundation’s Accessibility Guidelines. We hope you will use this website as a resource tool to answer questions you might have about adding accessibility to your game. The information you will find on this website is the culmination of nearly a decade of research, review, experiments and first-hand experience by gamers with disabilities who live with these problems every day.

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Special Issue of JALN on Integrating Accessibility into Online Higher Education, Call for Papers | The Sloan Consortium

Special Issue of JALN on Integrating Accessibility into Online Higher Education, Call for Papers | The Sloan Consortium | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Colleges and universities need to ensure that academic programs and student support services are in alignment with ADA regulations from point of first contact with marketing, admissions, matriculation and through graduation. This special issue of JALN will provide innovative strategies and effective practices for accessibility within online higher education relating to recruitment, engagement, retention, support services, and graduation for students with disabilities.

 

 

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What Every Professor Should Know About Ed Tech + Accessibility ...

What Every Professor Should Know About Ed Tech + Accessibility ... | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

It used to take many weeks, expensive equipment and trained professionals to produce instructional media, after which, it was sent away to be commercially captioned. Now, professional-quality audio, video and other forms of multimedia are produced and curated in minutes and with little technical skill, which results in what Giberson calls a “veritable blizzard” of rich media that needs to be rendered accessible.

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HTML 5 ePub 3 (After extra time) | The Frankfurt Book Fair Blog

HTML 5 ePub 3 (After extra time) | The Frankfurt Book Fair Blog | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Perhaps the greatest opportunity offered by HTML 5 and ePub 3 lies in its enhanced accessibility features, however. Daniel Weck of the DAISY Consortium reminded the audience of the importance of accessibility, and discussed some of the many new features offered: text to synthetic speech options that allow the pronunciation of particular words to be specified – ‘bass’ as in fish, rather than as in instrument, for example – or the gender of the speaker.

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Accessible Instructional Materials for Students with LD: Important News for Families and Educators - NCLD

Accessible Instructional Materials for Students with LD: Important News for Families and Educators - NCLD | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) are instructional materials that have been converted into accessible formats such as digital text. AIM can serve as a powerful tool to help students with learning disabilities (LD) who need such materials participate and progress in the general education curriculum. I’m pleased to report on some important new developments concerning AIM and share some helpful resources for families and educators.

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Models of disability and their relation to accessibility

Models of disability and their relation to accessibility | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

This week I have been writing an introductory section for a paper on models of disability and accessibility.  This has led me to think again about the relationship between the two.

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Google Announces Accessibility Updates to Apps | jebsblog

Google Announces Accessibility Updates to Apps | jebsblog | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Google has announced that it has made considerable changes to the suite of applications known as Google Apps designed to improve how Apps works with Assistive Technologies. After some strong criticism last year from the Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN) Google Apps Accessibility Interest Group (published in October 2011), Google appears to have responded.

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Barriers to Improving the Web Accessibility Game Plan | Karl Groves

Barriers to Improving the Web Accessibility Game Plan | Karl Groves | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

I would say, without a doubt, that we (accessibility advocates/ evangelists/ consultants/ whatever) definitely need a new game plan. Overall accessibility people are viewed as a band of boorish hysterics by most of the people we come across. Everyone not already "clued in" to accessibility approaches us like we’re Milton from Office Space. We definitely need to improve our game plan. To do so, we need to recognize what things stand in our way.

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National Federation of the Blind Takes On E-Text Pilots -- Campus Technology

National Federation of the Blind Takes On E-Text Pilots -- Campus Technology | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has accused Educause, a higher education IT association, and technology community Internet2 of ignoring the "accessibility barriers" that are preventing blind and print-disabled students from fully participating in a major e-text pilot initiative being coordinated by both.

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How to Write User Stories for Accessibility Requirements | Accessibility Matters | Interactive Accessibility

How to Write User Stories for Accessibility Requirements | Accessibility Matters | Interactive Accessibility | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

In agile development, user stories capture what a user does or needs to do with the website or application. These “stories” are the basis for defining the functions that the system must provide and concisely captures the who, what and why or of the requirement.

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Official Google Blog: Greater accessibility for Google Apps

Official Google Blog: Greater accessibility for Google Apps | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

Since last year, we've made a number of accessibility fixes in Google Calendar, including improved focus handling, keyboard access, and navigation. In Google Drive, we incorporated Optical Character Recognition technology to allow screen readers to read text in scanned PDFs and images, and we added NVDA support for screen readers. New accessibility features in mobile apps (Gmail for Mobile and Google Drive on iOS and Android) included enhanced explore-by-touch capabilities and keyboard/trackpad navigability.

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PDF Accessibility becomes ISO standard | AGIMO Blog

PDF Accessibility becomes ISO standard | AGIMO Blog | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it
The publishing of these PDF techniques by the W3C gave us formal guidance for the creation of highly accessible PDF documents. In a parallel move in the standards world, ISO have recently released ISO 14289-1:2012 ...
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How to encourage Amazon to bring TTS to the Paperwhite | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

How to encourage Amazon to bring TTS to the Paperwhite | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

After I raised the issueof the Kindle Paperwhite being developed without a text-to-speech feature, a reader asked how she, too, could get in touch with Amazon to voice her displeasure.Incidentally, I had in mind not just blind people, but also joggers and other sighted folks who enjoy the “Read to me” feature. Beyond that, how about good text to speech and voiceover in Kindle apps?

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Why mobile Web accessibility matters – best practice guidelines for making your mobile site accessible. | mobiForge

Why mobile Web accessibility matters – best practice guidelines for making your mobile site accessible. | mobiForge | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

The mobile Web needs to be accessible to all disabled people – whether it is mobile Websites, embedded Web views in apps or responsive mobile-optimized sites. While some experienced mobile developers incorporate these Web best practices into their mobile sites, others are making similar mistakes to those made by Web developers a decade ago. There’s a worrying trend towards designing sites for a particular type or brand of handset, rather than catering to all; and/or becoming too focused on emulating the snappy look and feel of native apps in mobile Web development, even if that means forsaking Web standards and principles of accessibility.

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Accessibility A Major Topic at EDUCAUSE 2012 | EDUCAUSE.edu

Accessibility A Major Topic at EDUCAUSE 2012 | EDUCAUSE.edu | Accessible Instructional Materials | Scoop.it

With a couple of months to go before the EDUCAUSE 2012 Annual Conference opens on November 6 in Denver, Colorado (and online), I wanted to highlight the large number of sessions focusing on technology accessibility for persons with disabilities.

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