Accessibility Online Archives
AccessibilityOnline represents a collaborative training program between the ADA National Network and the US Access Board. The program includes a series of free webinars and audio conferences on different topics of accessibility. Sessions are held on a monthly basis and cover a variety of topics concerning accessibility to the built environment, information and communication technologies, and transportation.
EDUCAUSE Live! Archives
EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education.
IT is more than technology to EDUCAUSE members. It is a system of people, processes, organizations, and challenges that are constantly evolving.
ADA Online Learning
The ADA National Network have been in existence since 1991, shortly after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The program has been known under different names including “Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers” and “ADA & Accessible IT Centers”. While the name has changed, the core services remain the same.
The ten regional Centers act as a “one-stop” central, comprehensive resource on ADA issues in employment, public services, public accommodations, and communications. Each Center works closely with local business, disability, governmental, rehabilitation, and other professional networks to provide ADA information and assistance. Programs vary in each region, but all Centers provide the following:
- Technical Assistance
- Education and Training
- Materials Dissemination
- Information and Referral
- Public Awareness
- Local Capacity Building
In addition to ADA services the Centers assist individuals and entities in better understanding related disability legislation which may impact their rights or responsibilities. Information on the Rehabilitation Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, Workforce Investment Act and others can typically be provided by a Center.
ADA Audio Conference Series
The ADA Audio Conference Series provides in-depth information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This program is designed to enhance an individual’s existing knowledge base or facilitate continued learning regarding regulations and trends under the ADA.
ADA Legal Webinar Series
The ADA Legal Webinar Series is designed for individuals who have a working knowledge of the ADA and are familiar with its basic elements. Sessions are intended to support continued learning and focus on the knowledge that has been gained since the implementation of the law in terms of how the federal agencies and the courts are interpreting the law and subsequent regulations.
Accessible Technology Webinar Series
The goal of the Accessible Technology Webinar Series is to increase awareness on technology accessibility for people with disabilities. Electronic information and communications technology have become essential tools in all areas of our lives and working environments today, and are particularly important to people with disabilities by providing equal access to the workplace and social media.
Word Document Accessibility
Microsoft Word provides various options for including accessibility information into the document to support individuals using assistive technologies. Such information also provides improved accessibility when converting the document into other formats (e.g., tagged PDF, ePub, DAISY, etc.). For more information, please visit the Creating Accessible Documents with MS Word page created by our friends at Stanford University.
Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) is widely used in distributing documents on campus. It is possible to make most PDF files accessible for users with disabilities. For specific steps, please visit the PDF Accessibility page.
Online Course Accessibility Checklist
Is your class online? Do you use Canvas, Blackboard, Catalyst or another Learning Management System? Following DRS’s Online Course Accessibility Checklist is a basic strategy to ensure online course content is accessible. More advanced levels of accessibility can be achieved through consultation with DRS.