After ten years of negotiations by the World Intellectual Property Organization, a historic treaty was signed that will bring more accessible textbooks to blind users. The agreement, signed by 186 countries, will remove copyright obstacles that have prevented many textbooks from being made available in accessible formats such as braille, large print, and audio. The treaty will carve out copyright exemptions which will also enable… Continue Reading International copyright treaty will bring more accessible textbooks
Louisiana Tech University has become the latest higher education institution to settle with the Justice Department over inaccessible course materials. The settlement is a result of the university using course materials that were inaccessible to blind students, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Higher ed settlement ensures new accessibility policies The student who initially made the complaint was not able to access… Continue Reading Inaccessible Course Materials Leads to Another Higher Education ADA Settlement
The National Federation for the Blind are leading an effort to pass national accessibility standards for higher education technology. Currently students with vision impairments are responsible for securing their own assistive devices, and these new regulations would help make all required technology accessible to all students. Inaccessible Technology Puts Students at a Disadvantage According to a recent USA Today article, over 63,000 of current college… Continue Reading Higher Ed Technology Bill Would Decrease Barriers
Purdue's Disability Resource Center (DRC) and Assistive Technology Center (ATC) have a joint mission - to improve the accessibility of the University. Commencement with Closed Captioning As part of fulfilling this mission, on-site closed captioning was provided during each commencement ceremony. A large screen TV with captioning was placed on the stage, television and online broadcasts included captioning, and an American Sign Language interpreter was on hand as well.… Continue Reading Assistive Technology Helps Mother and Son at Purdue University
October's #a11ychat topic is Accessibility Tricks and Treats, but there's a twist! This month we want YOU to lead the discussion, and we want you submit and discuss your favorite a11y tricks and tips. At the end of the session, the Deque team will vote on the best accessibility tips and tricks, and there will be prizes for the top 5 submissions. Four second place… Continue Reading October #a11ychat and a look back at September
Glenda "goodwitch" Sims will be leading a workshop at High Ed Web Arkansas on Thursday, July 26th from 9am to Noon. Here is a short video to give you a hint about the delicious accessibility adventures that await if you attend this workshop. Full workshop description is at http://hewebar.org/session/accessible-edu Not sure if your .edu is accessible? Please contact us for a consult.