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We are thrilled to provide digital accessibility services and training to state agencies and higher education institutions. To help to give you an idea of what we can do, we have summarized some of our recent projects and training events below.
After a morning workshop on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and physical accessibility, ABLE Tech provided an afternoon workshop. The workshop focused on high level concepts of digital accessibility, document accessibility and multimedia accessibility. This was one of two such workshops, with the second for this audience coming up in December, 2013.
Through participation in the Web Accessibility in Higher Education Project, two of Oklahoma's higher education institutions approached ABLE Tech about performing some accessibility reviews on different learning management systems (LMS). Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) worked with ABLE Tech to compile a medium-level review of its implementation of Moodle. We looked at the LMS itself as well as course content written by OCCC.
The University of Oklahoma asked ABLE Tech to provide some high-level feedback about accessibility in three products that were in the running for a central purchase. ABLE Tech worked with vendors to gain access to demonstration sites for each product and provided the decision makers at OU with a summary comparison report. From there, OU integrated information in the report into its scoring procedure.
OU's Health Sciences Center put on a pilot program with a focus on technology in education. Speakers were invited to present information on different aspects of technology. ABLE Tech introduced digital accessibility and provided a brief introduction to accessibility in Microsoft Word 2010. This gave participants a frame of reference in accessibility and some techniques to begin to incorporate accessible design into their work.
The OSWG meets regularly and brings in speakers to discuss different topics relevant to web managers and information professionals from a variety of state agencies and institutions. ABLE Tech was pleased to present a one hour overview of testing procedures for web pages. We focused on free and low-cost tools that make accessibility testing possible for a wide variety of testers.
Presented by the Oklahoma State Regents' Council on IT (CoIT) and OneNet, the Higher Ed I.T. Summit is a one day conference that draws attendees from throughout Oklahoma. At the Summit, we presented a one hour session entitled "Accessibility: What's on the Horizon". We spent the first half of the time discussing upcoming changes to Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Then we did a demonstration showing how a screen reader can be used as an important part of testing web content for accessibility. We used Mac VoiceOver and went through the World Wide Web Consortium's Before and After Demonstration web site to let the audience hear the difference that proper markup can make for people using screen reading software.