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Several participants in WAHEP are making progress on their campuses. Over the last 12 months we have fielded questions about accessibility in procurement, creating more accessible Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF documents and many other topics. We are working closely with several institutions to help them to take a more global view of accessibility. A lot of our attention focuses on helping administrators to understand the importance and feasibility of making accessibility a part of the institution's mission.
ABLE Tech spends quite a bit of time talking to peers in higher education to see how they approach leadership, administration and front line staff about accessibility. Over and over again, the answer involves incentives, not punishments. With that in mind ABLE Tech will present institutions with a framework that they can use to incentivize work toward accessibility around their individual campus. ABLE Tech will provide something that is flexible enough to fit across the variety of institutions participating in WAHEP. The framework will also help to break accessibility down into smaller parts. This should help institutions to see that they can take accessibility on when it comes to the technology that they use.
ABLE Tech is proud of the work that WAHEP participants are doing and excited to see how much more happens over the last few months of the Project!
It is exciting when work gets noticed, and the work that we are all doing has received positive recognition as highlighted content in the EDUCAUSE Journal Online! Take a look at the EDUCAUSE article to read more about how some institutions in Oklahoma are working to make accessibility part of their campus!
Twenty-nine Oklahoma institutions of higher education working toward the same goal of making Oklahoma higher education more accessible to everyone. The Project runs from Fall, 2012 through Fall, 2016. Over 150 individual project team members becoming accessibility aware and informed. An innovative effort that combines the resources and expertise of Oklahoma ABLE Tech, WebAIM, and the Southwest ADA Center at ILRU. The goal: to help institutions of higher education throughout Oklahoma create more accessible digital campus environments.
Over the course of the project, teams will receive targeted training and technical assistance from Oklahoma ABLE Tech, nationally recognized accessibility experts and WebAIM. Teams will create a feasible plan and expertise to develop a system-wide commitment to accessibility and the technical development skills to create functionally and technically accessible digital environments.
We are seeing some great strides taken by institutions. And, we have begun to identify some challenges that institutions might face as they work toward building a successful web accessibility initiative.
Our IT Accessibility Newsletters are now open to everyone! Please check out our newsletter page to see the latest edition, as well as earlier editions.
There is a lot going on as we get into the last year of the Project! We're thrilled to welcome another institution to the Project and we're working to get them caught up with some of our premier institutions in the state. At the same time, we continue to work closely with a number of participating institutions to help with topics from document accessibility to multimedia captioning to institutional accessibility policy.
Please call or or email Oklahoma ABLE Tech if you need a copy of your institution's memorandum of understanding, a list of team members, or copy of your website accessibility review report.
Brenda Dawes, Program Manager at 405.744.5170
Rob Carr, Accessibility Coordinator at 888.885.5588
OKLAHOMA ABLE TECH
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