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UW/Tech College Accessibility Bill Passes

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on Thursday, March 22, 2012 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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AB 322, a bill to require accessibility of instructional materials for students with disabilities enrolled in the UW System or technical college system was signed into law by Governor Walker as Act 124. The new law allows institutions of higher education to request that publishers provide instructional materials in accessible formats. The law also requires that publishers provide such materials, within defined parameters. WLA registered in support of the bill, which had a broad support from a variety of organizations and legislators....
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  • William Dye says #
    Great!I'm from Texas and students down here have been benefitting from a similar bill for a few years now.I'm in support of things...

WLA 2009: "ADA Refreshed: Ensuring Access for Everyone"

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on Sunday, October 25, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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Robin A. Jones, Director, DBTAC--Great Lakes ADA Center, University of Illinois at Chicago.Excellent program, starting with a little review of ADA and its purposes, and legal obligations of entities under the law. Also takes a look at Wisconsin state law, which luckily for us, unlike some other states, apparently, is pretty consistent with ADA.More citizens than ever are over age 55, and more citizens have disabilities. Jones spent time on educating us on the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 which will expand the definition of "person with a disability." In addition, limitations in the Act's list of major life activities may also constitute a disability.Jones covered such topics of interest to libraries as: building access, service animals, communication, and virtual accessibility.For more information see http://www.adagreatlakes.org....

WAAL 2008: Web Site and Online Database Accessibility...

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on Thursday, April 17, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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Web Site and Online Database Accessibility at Academic Libraries: A Critical Overview of the Recent Research and Policy DevelopmentsAxel SchmetzkeAxel started by showing us a short video about using a screen reader to read online documents and surf the web."For people with print/sensory disabilities, the digitization of information offer unprecedented opportunities..." but we need to do it right. The accessibility of online stuff depends on its design.Common barriers to web page accessibility:images and maps without ALTtables used for layoutscrolling/blinking elementsno meaningful link textpoor contrast between text and backgroundno "skip navigation" linkWCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) and Section 508 (federal requirements) are the standard "rules" for making online stuff accessible. 508 is becoming more widely used because vendors are motivated to meet federal requirements and many states (including WI) are adopting 508 as their standard.Reasons for an accessible online environment:Ethics -- it's the right thing to doEconomics -- it makes sense from...