accessibility

Legal references regarding web accessibility

The following are on-line resources that have listed and documented historic information about legal issues related to web accessibility. Resources include references to legal cases and rule interpretations. Thanks to several members of the ITACCESS listserv from Educause for assistance in compiling this list. World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) – Web Accessibility Laws and Policies – lists… Read more Legal references regarding web accessibility

ARIA – What should we know?

According to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), “…ARIA, the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies. Currently certain functionality used in… Read more ARIA – What should we know?

PDF conversion tools and services

A frequent request that we receive at Maine CITE is for assistance in converting complex digital documents into an accessible format. Often these are documents that have been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF) and the original document may no longer be available. The requests often come from organizations and institutions that have a large… Read more PDF conversion tools and services

Learn about Audio Description

“Audio description, also referred to as a video description, described video, or more precisely called a visual description, is an additional narration track intended primarily for blind and visually impaired consumers of visual media (including television and film, dance, opera, and visual art). It consists of a narrator talking through the presentation, describing what is… Read more Learn about Audio Description

Section 508 Webinar Series Covers Updated Standards

The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series, which the Board conducts in partnership with the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council, will focus on the Board’s recent update of its Section 508 Standards. These standards apply to information and communication technology in the federal sector. Upcoming sessions, which are held every other month… Read more Section 508 Webinar Series Covers Updated Standards

South Portland Housing Authority Offers Home Repair Program for Seniors

From the South Portland Housing Authority: South Portland, ME, MARCH 7, 2017 – The South Portland Housing Authority (SPHA) today announced the new and exciting Home Modification for Seniors and Disabled (HMS) program. The Authority hopes to demonstrate that small investments in home safety help extend the time seniors and disabled persons can remain in… Read more South Portland Housing Authority Offers Home Repair Program for Seniors

New Program Offering Digitized Books Free to People with Print Disabilities

American Academy of Ophthalmology, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and VisionServe Alliance, Work in Partnership on Important Initiative New York, (Feb. 1, 2017) – Reading is a simple pleasure. However, millions of people are denied the joy of reading due to vision loss. Now, Lighthouse Guild and Bookshare®, are collaborating with the American… Read more New Program Offering Digitized Books Free to People with Print Disabilities

Punch-In: Service for youth with disabilities seeking employment

This news comes from the Great Lakes ADA Center – AT Bulletin of Jan-Feb 2017… Punch-In is a free resource for young adults with disabilities preparing for and seeking employment. One of the many offerings on the site is a free, online course to develop the skills and strategies necessary to be successful in career endeavors.… Read more Punch-In: Service for youth with disabilities seeking employment

U.S. Access Board Updates Requirements for Information and Communication Technology

The U.S. Access Board today – January 9 2017 – released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also refreshes guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. “This update is… Read more U.S. Access Board Updates Requirements for Information and Communication Technology