It is imperative we consider digital accessibility for all of our communications that take place over email, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, and any other ways of internal communication. These basic techniques will carry over for your external communications and help contribute to creating a more accessible workplace at Iowa State University. These tips, while relatively simple, will
March 10, 2020 -Aimi Hamraie- As universities declare class cancelations and mandate a shift to online teaching, instructors have the opportunity to design online course materials to be as accessible as possible from the beginning. This will also ensure that your course materials are accessible moving forward.
Digital accessibility coordinator Cyndi Wiley will mark her one-year work anniversary at Iowa State next week. But she celebrated early with a Nov. 6 dedication and open house for a new digital accessibility lab in the Durham Center.
Links are the spidery foundation of the web, but some don't do their jobs. They blend into the page, almost hidden. Their labels are vague. They entice you into a click and, suddenly, you're downloading a 50-page PDF. For those who already have difficulty accessing websites, such links are more than annoying. They pose a real barrier. Fortunately, it's fairly easy to turn difficult links into accessible ones. Here's how to make your links work for everyone.
Introduces the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) international standard, including WCAG 2.0 and WCAG 2.1. WCAG documents explain how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities.
Iowa State University Extension has created an eAccessibility Website with links to our Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Acrobat courses as well as a request form for their Publication Toolkit.
Plug-in required. WebAIM has created a simulation that allows you to experience browsing with a screen reader. It includes tasks and a key for keyboard shortcuts. It ultimately proves how frustrating inaccessible design in web can be for screen reader users.
ARIA introduction, primer, so we can all understand what are Accessible Rich Internet Application standards and how to include them when we are developing apps.
A study conducted by Theofanos and Redish (2006) provides an understanding of best practices for coding web from the perspective of users who use screen readers.
Creating personas is a process that may require qualitative and quantitative data.
Empathy maps are a readily available technique for your development team to understand the user's needs better.
An explanation of what color blindness or color vision deficiency is.
The Starkey hearing loss simulator lets you experience sound as if you had a hearing loss. Gain an understanding of what it's like to have hearing problems.
Web accessibility evaluation tools are software programs or online services that help you determine if web content meets accessibility guidelines. This page provides a list of evaluation tools that you can filter to find ones that match your particular needs. To determine what kind of tool you need and how they are able to assist you, see Selecting Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools.
As four people who are blind and care deeply about making the web more accessible, we strongly believe user testing should include people…