In recent months, I’ve been working with faculty who have been asked to make the resources in their online courses accessible…. make sure alt-tex is available, use colors that exceed 4.5:1 for a color contrast ratio, run accessibility checkers before releasing files, closed caption videos, and provide transcripts. These are all steps they should have Read More
Word processors provide users with pre-defined formatting styles. Ostensibly these are provided to make it easy to apply formatting styles and to facilitate the use of outlines in organizing one’s writing. For those who use screen readers (software that convert the text into speech generated by the compute and played thought the computer’s speakers), the Read More
Educators have had access to productivity suites for generations. In the first few years after computer arrived in schools, we tended to use whatever came installed on the machines that we purchased or that were installed in our classrooms. We had many challenges in those days. Anyone remember the student who arrived to print his Read More
This video introduces a tool that can be used to check that your files have sufficient color contrast that those with certain visual impairments can view the text and images.
Educators have a responsibility to make their files accessible to users. If students–all students–cannot see or hear the materials teachers create, then the are “inaccessible.” One of the steps educators should take to make their files and pages accessible to those who have vision disabilities is to make sure files have sufficient color contrast. The best Read More
Unfortunately, many educators are unaware of the importance of ensuing the files they create (documents, spreadsheets, presentation) comply with the standards defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In general, ADA compliant files are more accessible to users with disabilities than those that are not. These files, for example, are structured to facilitate interpretation Read More
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted to ensure those who cannot use media (text, audio, and other methods of communicating) have access to the information they need in a format they need. (Of course there are many aspects of life affected by the ADA, but this post focuses on digital media.) Teachers are Read More