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The Accessible Virtual Campus

Media and Materials

The ways in which we are able to present information to students, peers and visitors to campus continue to increase and continue to be more accessible to instructors to use.  Unfortunately, with new methods of delivering content there are frequently new accessibility issues.

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Accessible Documents Using Styles

This PDF contains a quick and easy overview on how the "styles" feature enables the design of accessible documents, as well as organized and structured documents.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Accessible Documents Using Styles  (PDF File)

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Font Size for Accessible Media in the Classroom

These two Power Point slides provide a guideline to insure that the font size within print media are accessible when projected.

ACCESS-ed Project, R2D2 Center

How to Determine Font Size for Accessible Media  (PowerPoint Presentation)

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Product Evaluations from the American Foundation for the Blind

All product evaluations are published in AFB's technology magazine, which is available free online at AccessWorld®,". Link to http://www.afb.org/accessworld.

American Foundation for the Blind

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Accessibility in the Classroom

This website provides link for advice on how to make the classroom more accessible using Microsoft and has a guide to download.

Microsoft

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Accessibility of the Arts

This printable checklist addresses making the arts more accessible for people with disabilities.

National Endowment for the Arts

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Accessible Materials – Ten Top Tips

This website provides ‘ten top tips’ to ensure that information in printed formats like flyers, leaflets and posters are easily accessible for everyone, including people with disabilities. Color, contrast, font and more are discussed on this British website page.

Hampshire County Council 2010

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Accessible Poster Presentations

This website contains information on how to create an accessible poster from the American Public Health Association (APHA). It is one if APHA's goals to make meetings accessible to the widest range of people possible. This website gives bullet-points in several categories to make your poster more accessible.

American Public Health Association (APHA)

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Accessible Presentations

This website provides information and links regarding making presentations more accessible and how to design for inclusion.

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Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media

This website contains information on the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM). The NCAM acts as the research and development arm of WGBH's (Boston) Media Access Group and is involved in technology, policy, and program development to assure that the nation's media and technologies are fully accessible to people with disabilities.

WGBH Media Access Group

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CAST Learning Tools

This website provides links to free learning tools for students, teachers and parents.

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Effective Color Contrast

This web page includes 3 general guidelines for making effective color choices that work for everyone when designing.

Lighthouse International

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Fonts and Accessibility

This webpage discusses which fonts are the most readable and which are the most appropriate for web use. The different "font families" are compared and contrasted.

WebAIM

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Full Committee Hearing - The Promise of Accessible Technology: Challenges and Opportunities (February 7, 2012)

This captioned video of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing focuses on the importance of accessible technology and how this issue is impacting students with disabilities in K-12 and higher education. Multiple perspectives and compelling testimony were offered by the Department of Justice, National Federation of the Blind, Columbus, Indiana's Superintendent of schools and California State University's Center for Accessible Technology.

U.S. Senate Committe on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

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Guidelines for Creating Accessible Printed Posters

This paper which can be downloaded in PDF format has information on making printed posters. The paper covers using accessible text, using images, poster size and spacing, poster organization, and providing multiple formats.

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Inclusive Technology Glossary

This website provides a glossary of terms for different inclusive technology and a brief description about them.

SNOW

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IP TV, Remote Control, Set­Top Box, Apps and Programming Guide Accessibility  (Research based)

This PDF discusses the accessibility of IP TV, Remote Control, Set­Top Box, Apps and Programming Guide.

CSUN San Diego, CA

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National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials - This website has information and resources on designing or converting education materials in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format (print, digital, graphical, audio, video).

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

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On-Line Learning Accessibility

This website provides a checklist and information on making web based courses and materials accessible for people with disabilities.

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The DIAGRAM Center - Digital Image and Graphic Resources for Accessible Materials  (Research based)

This website for the DIAGRAM Center has been established by the US Department of Education (Office of Special Education Programs). The DIAGRAM Center helps find ways to make image descriptions in textbooks for print disabled students more effective and less costly. This site has been created to bring the work of the Center to the public. As the work of the Center progresses, the contents of this site will evolve.

US Department of Education (Office of Special Education Programs)

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The Great Lakes ADA Center Conference List

This web page from the Great Lakes ADA Center's quarterly Accessible Technology Bulletin offers a comprehensive list of conferences concerning educational technology as well as webinars and other related links.

The Great Lakes ADA Center

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Video Description

"Video description consists of verbal depictions of key visual elements in a video or television program which are inserted into natural pauses in the spoken dialogue. Audio description, a similar concept, refers to verbal depictions provided during a live (non-recorded) performance or program." This is in the Technology Policy portion of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) website.

American Foundation for the Blind

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W3C - The World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops specifications, guidelines, software, and tools to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding. On this page, you'll find news, links and ways to get involved. The WCAG 2.0 Guidelines for web accessibility originated with W3C, as well as over 100 other web standards toward the goal of "Web interoperability". Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989 has served as the W3C Director since W3C was founded, in 1994.

W3C - The World Wide Web Consortium

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Website Accessibility

This website provides links, videos and information on how to make websites more accessible and addressing principles of accessible design.

WebAIM

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability