October - December 2018
Volume 13 Issue 1 

ADA Center's quarterly Accessible Technology Bulletin

Technology Trainings & Events

Coleman Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology
Oct 3, 2018
Broomfield, CO
The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities hosts the annual conference devoted exclusively to the research, policy, and development of technology for people with cognitive disabilities. Attendees include leaders from diverse groups involved in technology development, promotion, utilization and policy. More information and registration at Peat Works.
Intro to Audio Description
October 4, 2018 1pm CST
This webinar will cover the basics of how to add audio description to online video, legal requirements for audio description, video player compatibility, examples and demos, how to create audio description, differences between standard and extended audio description, and benefits of audio description outside of accessibility. For more information visit 3PlayMedia.
ARIA: What, Why and When
October 11, 2018 10am CST
The W3C ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) suite can be used to identify and aid navigation of Web page regions, identify page elements and relationships, alert users to dynamic content changes and more. For more information visit the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).
Accessing High Ground: Accessible Media, Web, and Technology Conference
November 12 – 16, 2018
Westminster, CO
The 21Th annual Accessing Higher Ground conference focuses on the implementation and benefits of Assistive Technology in the university and college setting for people with sensory, physical and learning disabilities. Other topics include legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance, and making campus media and information resources - including Web pages and library resources - accessible For more information: Accessing Higher Ground Conference.
OLC Accelerate Conference
November 14 – 16, 2018
Orlando, FL
The Online Learning Consortium conference program offers a full complement of presentations that reflect the implications for the field of specific e-learning experience and practices. Keynote and plenary addresses, as well as pre-conference workshops, featured sessions, information sessions. For more information visit the Online Learning Consortium (OLC).

November Accessible Technology Webinar

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Join us for the final session of the 2018 Accessible Technology Webinar Series. The session will be held on Thursday November 15, 2018 1:00 – 2:30pm CST.

Creating Accessible Documents with Adobe InDesign with Jessica Cavazos, Health Educator Minnesota Department of Health

Adobe InDesign is a wonderful tool for producing creative documents; however, InDesign can be challenging when it comes to creating a document that is attractive and accessible. This webinar will take you step by step when it comes to making an accessible document in InDesign. Helpful tips and tools will also be shared along the way to help you create an accessible PDF beginning in InDesign.

About Our Speaker
Jessica Cavazos is a Health Educator at the Minnesota Department of Health. She co-leads the Accessible InDesign Practices group for State agencies and the InDesign Users Group at the Department of Health. With some amazing colleagues, she is working to develop best practices for creating accessible documents in InDesign to share with the wider community.

The Accessible Technology Webinar series is free, but participants must register.

The Accessible Technology Webinar series is hosted and coordinated by the Great Lakes ADA Center and the Pacific ADA Center, members of the ADA National Network. The ADA National Network provides comprehensive services for up-to-date information, consultation, referrals, resources, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act for businesses, employers, governmental entities, service providers and individuals with disabilities.

Punch-In Celebrates #NDEAM

Picture of Punch In logo National Disability Employment Awareness Month is right now! It is a great time to engage with the Punch-In employment resources, including a free, online course on employment basics. The course has 5 modules, including new modules on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Assistive Technology. Punch-In is a project of the Great Lakes ADA Center aimed at promoting employment skills for young adults with disabilities. Join the Punch-In network today.

Grackle Suite Accessibility Tools for Google

Grackle Suite is a set of tools to manages your documents Google documents for accessibility. Grackle finds issues and helps fix them in Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides. On the Chrome platform you can then launch Grackle to perform further inspection and remediate any problems. Grackle Docs and Sheets also allows you to publish to Tagged PDF and Accessible HTML to help comply with Section 508, ADA, and other accessibility laws.

The Grackle Suite checkers are free, the following are links to the Chrome store extensions (need Chrome Browser):

  • Grackle Docs - Checks your Google Doc against accessibility standards and can create PDF/UA in your Google Drive.
  • Grackle Sheets - Checks a Google Sheet for accessibility issues and can publish an accessible HTML version of the Sheet or rearrange the XML Structure.
  • Grackle Slides - Check and remediate accessibility features in Google Slides, including color contrast, individual titles, and alternative text.
  • Grackle Mail - Coming Soon! Check and remediate accessibility features in Gmail.

Digital Accessibility Beyond Websites

When people think of digital accessibility, websites are often most what comes to mind. But digital accessibility includes access to all technology including technology like kiosks. A kiosk is any stand-alone booth typically placed in high-traffic areas for business purposes. It typically provides information and applications on education, commerce, entertainment, and a variety of other topics.

Access to information and services on kiosks is a civil right. That means that kiosks must be designed so people can use them if they are blind, deaf, use a wheelchair, or have other disabilities. The challenge with kiosk accessibility is that users do not usually have the option of employing personal assistive technologies to assist them. This means that the native design of kiosks needs to incorporate accessibility features from the start.

Because of the wide variety and varying environments of kiosks different standards may apply in different situations. The Section 508 Standards may be used as guidance for interface development and is required for any federal government related machines.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) contains standards for physical design considerations that may be useful in determining the physical requirements of a kiosk machine. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 guidelines are also beneficial if the kiosk interface is presented in an HTML or web-based format. For example, a bank kiosk may allow customers to access account information from their online banking portal or a hotel might provide a kiosk to allow a customer to manage their stay or account information.

Additionally, the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) provides guidance on the accessibility for the airline industry technologies. The ACAA identifies specific standards on how and when their kiosks should be made accessible. Other industries can use standards such as the ACAA as a starting place when developing their own regulations or standards.

Finally, the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) uses performance based objectives that are useful, similar to the functional requirements in Section 508.

The key to an accessibility designed kiosk is to provide an equivalent user experience for users with disabilities as those without disabilities. For example, both standing and seated users must have the ability to reach the entire touch screen and easily interact with the necessary components of the keyboard or card reader.

Flexibility is the key. The ability to adjust the navigational controller and screen are important to people who are blind and low vision as well as users who use wheelchairs or require different positioning. An accessible kiosk needs to take both hardware (physical) design into consideration and interface (software) design.

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Last Updated on:
Tue Oct 2, 2018