Best practices

Simulating Disability

How can people without disabilities understand some of the challenges faced by people with disabilities? Simulations and video clips can help get the message across but asking a person with a disability may be best. 

As part of their mission to increase web access, WebAIM offers four simulation experiences on their website (toward the bottom of the page). Each one gives some information about the disability. The experience of the screen reader is especially worthwhile.

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Free Captioning of Videos on YouTube

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Use YouTube's "auto-caption" feature will generate a transcript of your audio that you can then edit and upload.  Some types of videos only require minimal editing.  

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Apps for Speech Therapy and Expressive Language

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Lois Jean Brady will address how to choose an iDevice, cover best practices, accessibility features, and the best apps for speech, articulation, and language.

Lois Jean Brady, CCC SLP, will address how to choose an iDevice; best practices; accessibility features; apps for speech and articulation, text to

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My 3 Top Favorite iThings

Monday, April 23rd, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Our iPad expert and AT Specialist, Jennifer McDonald-Peltier, will tell us about three apps that she uses all the time, with a variety of students. They are all very flexible and allow quick and easy personalization for the many individuals she sees. 

Jennifer MacDonald-Peltier shows us why the camera, maps, speak selection tool, and multi-task bar are her favorite built-in iPad apps. Then she shows us what it is about Sounding Board, Verbaly, Small Talk, Predictable, Answers:Yes No HD, and other communication apps that allow them to be used quickly with a range of students.

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Content Management Systems (CMSs) and Accessibility

Content Management Systems (CMSs) let you create websites without having to write software or know much about web technologies -- they separate the task of creating and managing the content of your site from the task of building and maintaining the underlying structure. This lets 'average people' set up and manage a site, and makes it easy for contributors to write and comment. Drupal, Joomla!, WordPress, and Plone are popular CMSs. This article provides an overview of CMSs and accessibility, and how to get started.

Note: this article does not cover the specific types of CMSs used widely in education, called learning management systems, such as Blackboard and Elluminate.

How CMSs Work

CMSs are all about simplicity, and they use 2 techniques to achieve their goal of simplification; both have accessibility implications.

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The Future of Assistive Technology

Traditionally, high-tech assistive technology has only been available through a few outlets to a limited number of individuals at a disproportionate cost. However, this model is slowly but surely changing, due to multiple factors. This article examines these factors and looks at the most promising assistive technology trends.

Factor 1: Changing Demographics

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Section 508 -- Regulations for Accessible Technology

Section 508 is the part of the Rehabilitation Act that requires the federal government's information and communication technology (ICT) to be accessible to people with disabilities.  Many states, universities, local governments, etc. have adopted some version of Section 508 as part of their plan to improve accessibility.  Section 508 gives public agencies a simple way to communicate about accessibility to the companies that create and sell ICT.

The Section 508 Standard

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Assistive Technology and Elders

When considering assistive computer technology for elders, three issues need to be addressed: how will they need to be accommodated, what technology exists to provide accommodations, and how can these technologies be presented so elders will use them.

How Do Elders Need To Be Accommodated?

For elders, disability exists on a continuum of severity. Some disabilities are a natural part of aging and are generally mild.  Other disabilities rise in incidence with age, and may be mild to severe. Finally, more people with mild to severe long-term disabilities are living well beyond retirement age.

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Telling Our Stories: Anthony Tusler

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

Telling Our Stories is a monthly webinar series that hosts people with disabilities sharing their stories of success and challenge. This month our guest speaker is Anthony Tusler, author and disability advocate.

Telling Our Stories is a monthly webinar series that hosts people with disabilities sharing their stories of success and challenge. This month our guest speaker is Anthony Tusler, author and disability advocate.

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Introduction to Disability and Accessibility

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

What is a Disability? How does having a disability impact an individual's life? If you are new to the world of disability and would like to learn more this is the webinar for you. You'll walk an hour in the shoes of someone with a disability and experience some of the frustrations and solutions.

What is a Disability? How does having a disability impact an individual's life? If you are new to the world of disability and would like to learn more this is the webinar for you. You'll walk an hour in the shoes of someone with a disability and experience some of the frustrations and solutions.

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