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Accessing Higher Ground (AHG) – November 2011
Coordinator, IT Accessibility Coordinator, Accessible Media
Program Support Specialist
2 Accessible Media Assistants
Office of Disability Services
• Accessible Text and Media Services for Students • AT Assessments/Training for Students • Community Outreach with local public schools
Office of Equity & Diversity Services
• Accessible Text and Media Services for Staff/Faculty • AT Assessments/Training for Staff/Faculty • University-Wide Training Initiatives
• AT Labs • Training & Consultation
• Sharing of adaptive technology • AT Assessments/Training for students (registered/unregistered) • Training for LS staff
Mason community (with or without documentation)
Informal assessments Overview of AT available for personal use
Faculty, staff and students with documented disabilities
Faculty/Staff - registered with the Office of Equity and Diversity
Services (OEDS) Students – registered with the Office of Disability Services (ODS)
Informal AT assessments Training – software and equipment Training and technical resources Accessible text & media Web accessibility testing and accessibility workshops .
in the classroom and at home.Accessible text production Accessible media production Options for students on campus. including Universal Design Web accessibility .
Learning Disabilities. Visual Impairments and Mobility Impairments .
(Referrals are made by our Office of Disability Services and our ADA Coordinator.) Learning disabilities related to reading Visual impairments Some mobility impairments Some other cognitive impairments .To qualify to receive material in alternative formats. staff and faculty must have a documented “print” related disability. students.
AccessText Bookshare – University Partner VA HEAT .
Much easier than it used to be! AccessText Publisher Look-up Service BiblioVault Individual websites .
php Center Bookshare CourseSmart Learning Ally National Library Service .accesstext. org/fedsearch. Searches: AccessText Network Alternative Media Access Project of AccessText http://www.
WYNN Burn files to cd Rebind . Text.) Format – PDF. Dolphin. RTF. Cut Scan (high speed) Capture Perfect .TIFF OCR ABBYY Pro OmniPage Pro Adobe Acrobat Pro Read & Write Gold WYNN (Other schools may utilize Kurzweil. Word. etc.
Students are encouraged to sign up for individual memberships Bookshare – or students can request books through our free organizational membership (We are also university partners.loc.) Learning Ally – cd players available for loan NLS – National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Image from: http://www.html .gov/nls/digitalbooktraining/index.
Students may scan or run basic OCR on their own materials – with software at home or using WYNN or Read & Write Gold with flatbed scanners on campus. .
New project of 2011 .
Working closely with University libraries Distance Education Best practices for faculty & instructional designers: Pick legal media Pick the most accessible Office of Disability Services option first Provide supporting materials Turn on Closed Captions .
com/ . Closed captioning Transcription Synchronization Hearing Impairments – access Comprehension.docsoft. visual learners Those who have difficulty with note taking ESL Image from http://www.
Online request system Research Library & copyright info Online searches (Vendors for video description) Docsoft Docsoft:AV NCH software Prism Video File Converter SoundTap Streaming Audio Docsoft:TE Recorder Debut Video Capture Golden Videos Flash Lynx Video Download Software Professional Proofing & troubleshooting Returns SkyDrive. email Flashdrives. DVDs Streaming server (in progress) .
. . Issues: Video Description Delivery of projects Copyrighted materials . Accommodations Pilot project – Summer 2011 Training with 2 graduate student assistants 1 Instructional Designer for Distance Education YouTube Recordings from our TV station Other iTunes U Promotional materials on website Distance Education Other .
Equipment & Software .
com/Catalog/All-Access-Workstations .Image from: http://www.enablemart.
com/Catalog/All-AccessWorkstations Keyboards Trackballs & Joysticks . Computer Screen Magnification Screen Readers Voice Recognition Learning Visual Learning Writing software Vision Magnifiers Braille Embossers Braille Displays Head/Eye Controlled Input On Screen Keyboards Touch Screens Mobility Adjustable Desks Large Key/Print Communication Amplification TDD/TTY Devices From: http://www.enablemart.
AT Labs – Libraries at each campus WYNN Wizard Read & Write Gold JAWS ZoomText Dragon Naturally Speaking CCTV Flatbed Scanner .
Campus supported AT software in computer lab classrooms and testing Student purchased AT software for personal laptops CCTVs iPad apps .
TextHelp Read & Write Gold PC or Mac ($30 with Mason ID at Patriot Computers) Bookshare (free membership) Victor Reader Soft (free) READ:OutLoud (free) Read2Go app ($20) Learning Ally ($100 membership) ReadHear software (free) DAISY Players (cost varies) Learning Ally Audio App ($20) NLS (free membership) Digital and cassette player options Other Free software & demos Low to high cost AT .
Demos Students can try before Text readers i. they buy X minutes. Natural Reader. ReadPlease Screen readers i. System Access to Go.e.e. hours or days Download from web: ▪ JAWS ▪ Read & Write Gold ▪ ZoomText NonVisual Desktop Access Request cd from website: ▪ WYNN .
and know who to contact if they have disability-related questions. and other characteristics (i. age. disabilities. staff should be able to support individuals with disabilities.e. culture. respond to specific accommodations requests. . In the event that accommodations are needed.. Designing facilities and services in such a way to meet the needs for people with a broad range of abilities. reading ability. etc.) reduces the need for special accommodations for patrons and even employees.
such as Talking Book and Braille libraries.. online catalogs. that provide services to patrons with disabilities? Do you have a readily available resource? Handout? Online? Can the library’s electronic and information resources (i. etc) be accessed by a variety of accessible technologies? Have you had your resources tested? Do videos developed or used in the library have captions? . web pages.e. databases. Are staff trained in policies and procedures for providing accommodations to people with disabilities? What is your plan? Is it written? Updated? Are staff knowledgeable about other organizations.
. Increasing number of distance education courses… PDF Accessibility Wizard (PAW) Plug-in installs directly into Adobe Acrobat Allows document creators to convert a scanned PDF document into a tagged. PPT) Walks document creator through issues within document and how to make them accessible .e. accessible PDF document Accessible Wizard for MS Office (not yet compatible with Office 2010) Plug-in installs directly into any MS Office app (i. Word.
Firefox Browser Audio Books & e-Books Bundled tools – Read & Write Gold Web . Built-in tools – PC & Mac.
PC Keyboard shortcuts Magnifier Contrast settings Narrator Mac Keyboard shortcuts Magnification Contrast settings VoiceOver On screen keyboard Mouse keys. spelling /grammar check. filter keys. spelling Mouse Keys. Sticky Keys Text to speech Talking calculator & clock On screen keyboard /grammar check Ease of Access Center Speech recognition Text size Touch “Speak” in Office 2010 Inkwell Dictionary. Slow Keys. thesaurus. word completion Speech recognition . thesaurus. sticky keys Dictionary.
com/en-US/ Adobe Reader & Acrobat “Read Out Loud” Firefox Some accessibility features are dependent on the version of Firefox Free accessibility add-ons Firefox Accessibility Extension Glazoom – magnifier No color N-Abled Web Accessibility Toolbar Page Zoom Buttons Extensions for Firefox: Fire Vox – screen reader MozBraille – screen reader (beta at present.mozilla. text to speech and magnified output) .Image from .http://www. not yet fully accessible – plans to offer Braille.
Project Gutenberg Audio Books i.e. Audible.e. Public domain works i.e. Learning Ally) . DAISY Players and software (i.com Commercial Amazon (Kindle) Apple (iPad) Barnes & Noble (Nook) Sony (Reader) **Important consideration: These resources vary in accessibility but work well for individual students on a case-by-case basis.
Mac and PC knfb Reading Technology Blio – eReader software with text-tospeech Download for PCs.Free Software Amazon Kindle for PC – ebook software for PC Kindle App for iPhone & iPod Touch Barnes & Noble eReader for Barnes & Noble eBooks Download for iPhone. Blackberry. iPhone. iPod LexCycle Stanza – ebook app for iPhone & iPod Touch Stanza Desktop – ebook reader for Mac or PC . iPod Touch.
TextHelp Read & Write Gold PC and Mac versions Reading and writing tools Helpful for ESL MP3 creation Voice recognition Scanning Screenshot Reader Research and study tools Inspiration-like tool DAISY Reader Web apps .
libraries. . workplace interaction. print materials. some not. commerce. The Web has become a key resource for: classroom education. civic participation. information. some of the traditional resources were accessible. job searching. government services. entertainment It is displacing traditional sources of information and interaction schools. distance learning. news. discourse of the workplace. An accessible Web means unprecedented access to information for people with disabilities.
Code of Virginia § 2. These have been put into state-wide standards for Universities and agencies. Code of Virginia § 51. Just recently DoJ ADA created a settlement agreement with Fairfax County. which can be found on the VITA website.23500 "Information Technology Access Act".Virginia has state-specific laws governing the accessibility of government created and procured technology (Code of Virginia § 2. .2-2012 "Procurement of Information Technology". VA to ensure accessibility of both physical and online material.5-1 "Virginians with Disabilities Act").
etc.? Do you use technology for your class assignments (i. websites. etc. videos. wikis. other classroom capture or conferencing technology? . blogs.)? Are you the author of a book used in class? Do you use visuals in the classroom that give important information pertaining to the class? Do you use webinars. Do you use a Learning Management System? Do you add content to the course? Are you posting documents.e.
Do you influence or decide on technology purchases? Do you develop websites. applications or documentation? Do you oversee computer classroom settings? Do you manage others who may work on the above mentioned? Do you work in multimedia or telecommunications? .
Distributing. Creating/Developing. Maintaining. Using. Inaccessible material! . Posting.
. Assistive technology is not a substitute for accessible material! AT + Accessible Materials = Equal Access Everyone is involved and anyone can be affected.
Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) 4400 University Drive MSN 6A11 Fairfax.edu.gmu.edu Web: http://ati.gmu.edu.edu . http://webaccessibility. http://accessibility. VA 22030 Phone: 703-993-4329 Fax: 703-993-4743 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
edu/universal_design.html Captioning & Video Description Resources: http://webaccessibility. Accessible Text Resources: http://ati.gmu.edu/media.edu/assistive_technology.edu/captioning.gmu.gmu.html .cfm Free to High Cost AT Resource Documents: http://webaccessibility.gmu.edu/accessible_text.gmu.cfm Accessible Media Resources: http://ati.html Universal Design http://webaccessibility.
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