[Athen] [EXTERNAL] - Online Accessibility Training

Hayman, Douglass dhayman at olympic.edu
Tue Nov 30 09:43:17 PST 2021


I took a quick skim just now.

One thing that stood out, maybe it is covered in a video and I missed it since I didn't watch those, was the need to add in procurement of accessible IT.

In higher education there is so much that is purchased from third party vendors that becomes part of the institution's overall offering. That would include hardware and software. It is challenging to find anything that is fully accessible. Vendors will offer up a VPAT and few of those are useful and accurate.

A couple of parallel developments are happening to aid those in higher education in better preparing themselves to get at the right questions to ask vendors beyond, "Would you send me the latest VPAT for product X?"

Getting contact info for someone in that external company who knows accessibility and is actively working to improve that is essential as opposed to writing to a generic accessibility at example.com<mailto:accessibility at example.com> address. Getting the vendor to demo something like keyboard-only navigation, use of the product with a screen reader like NVDA, to provide a roadmap on what their next steps towards meeting WCAG 2.1 A and AA, and things like this would be great to include. Then the students who take your course will be better equipped in their efforts to create accessible learning environments.

Doug Hayman
IT Accessibility Coordinator
Information Technology
Olympic College
dhayman at olympic.edu<mailto:dhayman at olympic.edu>
(360) 475-7632 (currently working remotely and don't have access to this phone)

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Auston Stamm
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Hi All,

I am a doctoral student at Boise State University and working on a degree in educational technology. I designed an online course to teach people about document and web accessibility. The course is focused on teaching working professionals about accessibility principles and helping them apply those principles to their workflows. The course is just in a prototype state and I am working on adding captioning and expanding/improving the modules. However, I am supposed to gather feedback so that I can learn what areas I should be focusing on improving.

If you could check out my course using the info below and complete this short Google Forms survey I would really appreciate it.

Link To The Course<https://canvas.instructure.com/login/canvas>

Username: speedmr70 at gmail.com<mailto:speedmr70 at gmail.com>

Password: thisisatest

Google Form Survey <https://forms.gle/ZooiTue9yZeNDyDM6>

Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break.

Auston Stamm, Doctoral Candidate, Educational Technology
he / him / his
Saint Mary's College of California
Student Disability Services
Accessibility & Assistive Technology Coordinator
Office: (925) 631-5071
Email: abs13 at stmarys-ca.edu<mailto:abs13 at stmarys-ca.edu>

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