[Athen] [WebAIM] web accessibility retrofitting service

Robert Beach rbeach at kckcc.edu
Mon Mar 31 09:01:10 PDT 2008

Yes, the college needs to purchase appropriate screen reading technologies (JAWS is just one option) so that the student can access the course materials in class, independently. Having a person read the screen is not sufficient, especially for out-of-class work.

Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone: (913) 288-7671
Fax: (913) 288-7678
E-mail: rbeach at kckcc.edu

>>> "Prezant, Fran" <fprezant at abilitiesonline.org> 3/28/2008 8:17 AM >>>

If a blind student is registering for a computer based course , does
the university need to purchase JAWS to provide access to the materials
and class participation if they don't already have it. What is the
benefit, disadvantage and/or legality of having an aide provide the
assistance to the student.

Thanks for any and all input.

Fran Prezant


From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
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Subject: Re: [Athen] [WebAIM] web accessibility retrofitting service

In which case, like I say, a redesign would usually be best. And there
are dozens of excellent companies out there, to do just that.

If there are clear reasons for this being impractical, a retrofit is
going to have many problems to overcome. Adding a self voiceing system
and/or templated patch (a little like T.V Raman's AxsJax) is a way to
work around these issues. This is something I'd be more than happy to
investigate for you, and is something we've done before.

I'd list other design companies for a redesign, but there are so many
and I'd hate to leave anyone out.



On 24/03/2008, Lisa Fiedor <lisa_fiedor at ncsu.edu> wrote:

Actually, I'm scoping out the development of an accessibility production
service for our campus, and was wondering whether anyone has done that
somewhere else. Our faculty are generally not experienced web
developers, and there is interest in providing a service that will work
with their online course materials and either redesign or retrofit them
to be accessible. The majority of our public sites are accessible, but
when it comes to course pages, there is some work that needs to be done.
By whom, is the question.


Phil Teare wrote:

> Looking at your site, its not so bad. Which areas are you wanting work


> on? Are they they public, for me to have a poke at?

> Cheers

> Phil



> On 24/03/2008, Phil Teare <phil.a.teare at googlemail.com> wrote:


>> While most would say rewrites are better than retrofitting (and I'd

>> agree), if you have the resources/time... we could look at it as a


>> Talklets and V Browser offer fairly unique add-on services. They can

both be

>> bespoke tailored to work around the shortcomings of a given legacy



>> Best,

>> Phil

>> --

>> Phil Teare,

>> CTO & Chief Architect,

>> http://www.talklets.com from Textic Ltd.

>> (44) [0] 208 4452871







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Web Accessibility, Usability, & Design Specialist
DELTA Instructional Support Services
Campus Box 7111, NC State University, Raleigh NC 27695-7111
Rm 2133 DH Hill Library, East Wing
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