Creating Access for University Students

Monday, July 23rd, 2012
10:00 am Pacific Time

Stanford University staff talk about their process of creating access to a range of instructional media.

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Making Documents Accessible

Much information is available about website accessibility. However, documents in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF can also be inaccessible to blind users, as well as some users with cognitive and physical disabilities. This article summarizes the accessibility process for several versions of the Microsoft products, and discusses multiple ways to address PDF accessibility.


What is Document Accessibility?

A document is accessible if users with disabilities can read and understand all essential information that it contains, whether or not they use assistive technology. In particular:

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Access to Videos

This article provides an overview of the issues people may have when accessing videos online, in theaters, and from DVD or Blu-Ray players, and the solutions that have been developed to address these. 

Barriers to Video Access

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Assistive Technology for People with Limited or No Use of Their Hands

This article provides an overview of alternative strategies that people with physical disabilities can use to augment or replace use of their hands.

Optimizing Hand Use

Many people, even those with severe difficulty using their hands, prefer to maximize their manual capabilities rather than use alternative strategies. Fortunately, there is a wide range of assistive technologies that can help with this:

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Basic Web Accessibility: Understanding WCAG 2.0

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
10:00 - 11:00 Pacific Standard Time

As the most widely used international guidelines on web accessibility, and the basis for many federal and local standards, it's important to understand WCAG. In this webinar, we'll explore the relationship between WCAG 2.0, WCAG 1.0, and Section 508.

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Telling Our Stories: Sarah Triano

Thursday, September 15, 2011
10:00 - 11:00 Pacific Daylight Time

Join us for an interview with Sarah Triano, Executive Director of San Jose Independent Living Center! Sarah is a Disability rights activist and leader known for being dynamic, provocative, and engaging.

Guest Speaker: Sarah Triano

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Accessibility and E-Readers

E-readers (portable devices used primarily for reading electronic books) and general purpose tablets with book-reading apps, like the iPad, are fast becoming popular choices for reading the growing collection of books available in electronic formats. Both types arrived with some accessibility advantages, and developers have been making their products more accessible to people with visual and dexterity disabilities. This article is a summary of the current accessibility state-of-the-art for the most popular of these devices, as well as information on using computers to access e-books. The field is evolving due to lawsuits against schools and libraries, by groups concerned with access.

Most e-readers have features that make them easier for some users, compared to printed books: lighter weight, buttons or screen gestures for page-turning, magnification, and good contrast in low light. Brands and models differ widely on these and more advanced features such as text-to-speech, easy-to-use controls, and screens that perform well in all lighting conditions.

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Assistive Computer Technology for Individuals with TBI

Monday, October 10, 2010
11:00 - 12:00 Pacific Daylight Time

This webinar training will focus on the latest technology innovations that may be useful to individuals with TBI or similar acquired cognitive disabilities.

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Nonprofits at a Tipping Point: Bringing Your Mission Online

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

This webinar explores how nonprofits are rapidly approaching a tipping point toward enhancing their missions, expanding capacities, and more effectively serving their communities through online instruction and delivery.

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