[Athen] Blackboard Ally and captioning

Susan Kelmer Susan.Kelmer at colorado.edu
Mon May 22 09:05:04 PDT 2017

I disagree, Joseph. At the very least, there should be a mandate in place that says all materials need to be accessible moving forward. Backward remediation of older materials can be done upon demand or on a well-thought-out schedule, but anything that is put up currently or in the future should be accessible before it is put up.

You are begging for the DOJ to come in and ding you, and they will not accept your excuse of the time and money involved to remediate. And they certainly won't accept that you haven't been requiring that current and upcoming materials be accessible before they are released.

Susan Kelmer
Alternate Format Production Program Manager
Disability Services
University of Colorado Boulder

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Joseph Sherman
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 9:32 AM
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Subject: [Athen] Blackboard Ally and captioning

Looking for thoughts: Given the current understanding that course content that is not public doesn't need to be accessible until an accommodation is requested, how are folks justifying large outlays of cash for things like universal captioning and Blackboard Ally? It's got to be cheaper to rush caption and fix for accommodations than slow caption and fix everything when we have thousands of courses.

Ideally, I'd want and love for all content to be captioned and completely accessible from the start. But I can't propose spending money we don't have without a really good reason.


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