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Happy New Year WAHEP teams from Oklahoma ABLE Tech - Welcome to 2014! I have been working with you and your teams for just about a year now, and I'm excited to have the opportunity to work more closely with you as time goes on. My road trips to some of your campuses were fantastic last year, and I look forward to visiting a few more this year. Being on campus and meeting with teams in person has done a lot to help me get a much better feel for the challenges that you face as you look at campus-wide technology accessibility initiatives. It has also helped each team find momentum and identify areas to build upon.
I have put together a short article that looks at the way three WAHEP participating teams have taken this task on. I outline the way that three campuses have begun their respective initiatives. The article analyzes them a bit to highlight strengths and identify some ways to improve the effort. You can read it here.
ABLE Tech's WAHEP webinar series continues this spring. Save a spot for February 18 and March 25 both at 2:00 PM Central time (a third webinar will be scheduled soon!). Topics are being finalized.
On January 13th, the National Federation of the Blind announced that it is working with a student at Miami University in Ohio in a complaint against the university. You've read about this before, just at different universities:
The student, a zoology major working toward veterinary school, could not get access to alternate formats of course material or get access to the institution's web-based learning environment.
You should read more about the complaint here.
I wrote about the last complaint that came up last year, directed at Louisiana Tech University. This case at Miami University indicates that we should not expect technology accessibiliy in higher education to become less of an issue this year than it was last year.
There is not a way to overemphasize that institutions need to create a campus-wide technology accessibility initiative in order to meet obligations set out in the Americans with Disabilities Act, Federal Rehabilitation Act, and Oklahoma's specific Electronic and Information Technology Accessibilty statute. Stay on top of things by participating in our webinar series and please let me know if your campus would like an onsite visit this spring.