[Athen] [EXT] More accessibility frustrations

Ham, Kelli kkham at library.ucla.edu
Mon Apr 13 09:24:17 PDT 2020

Greetings all,

I’m a librarian at UCLA, but my specific program is part of a national network. I’ve been the broken record in my organization for more accessibility of digital content for years. As a course instructor, my area deals mostly with online courses, webinars, presentations, documents, and PowerPoint. As noted, it’s now more important than ever with everything being presented remotely.

I’d love to get your input to share back with my colleagues here and around the country. Please respond directly – send me your gripes and what people need to do for accessible remote meetings or anything else right now. I’ll do my best to educate and spread the word. If you want to be acknowledged in my recommendations, let me know. Otherwise, all comments will be confidential. Reach me at kkham at library.ucla.edu<mailto:kkham at library.ucla.edu>

All the best,


Kelli Ham
Community Engagement Librarian
NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network
Email: kkham at library.ucla.edu<mailto:kkham at library.ucla.edu>

NNLM Pacific Southwest Region
UCLA Biomedical Library
Los Angeles, CA

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Robert Spangler
Sent: Monday, April 13, 2020 8:24 AM
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I'm blind, too and I plan to continue griping about access just as much now, if not more, than I did in the past. It is very easy for smaller groups with needs, such as blind people, to be forgotten during times like these, when there are many major changes, so we need to continue to educate people even more than ever now.


On Fri, Apr 10, 2020 at 8:45 AM Robert Beach <rbeach at kckcc.edu<mailto:rbeach at kckcc.edu>> wrote:
I hear you, big time.

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I’m visually impaired. I’ve been in a ton of trainings this week on remote apps for working from home.

The audio usually sounds like this “I’m going to click on this. Then I’ll open that over here. Click on that. Now we’ll go over there and check this box. Now I’m selecting this …”

I don’t want to hassle my hard-working colleagues because they are already stressed. Griping about lack of access seems so mean-spirited!

And I’m pretty good at figuring out stuff on my own but it’s such a big waste of my time. And it’s so lonely having to always figure out everything all by myself.
Why can’t people **SAY*** what they are clicking on!


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