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Accessibility Matters. College of Pharmacy The University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus. EBP Institute Conference March 30, 2012. Johnna Hodges . UGA’s Program. BioPharma Regulatory Affairs Program Online graduate program

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Accessibility matters

Accessibility Matters

College of Pharmacy

The University of Georgia

Gwinnett Campus

EBP Institute Conference

March 30, 2012

Johnna Hodges

Uga s program
UGA’s Program

  • BioPharma Regulatory Affairs Program

    • Online graduate program

    • For working professionals in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biologics, combination products, and animal healthcare industries

    • FDA-regulated products primarily

    • Address new product development, clinical trials, product submissions, manufacturing, maintenance and marketing support for these healthcare products

Accessibility lessons learned
Accessibility: Lessons Learned

  • Best Practices for web-based instruction are often compatible with accessibility needs.

    • E.g. Providing lecture notes; using both icons and text to identify content; and consistency of content & courses

  • Retrofitting course syllabi, Blackboard homepages, etc. is easily done.

    • E.g. Adding disability statement to syllabus as well as the course homepage; using appropriate fonts, font sizes & styles; and selecting the high contrast color scheme to your Blackboard course


  • Retrofitting recorded lectures is hard work and time consuming.

    • E.g. adding closed captions; lecture transcripts; and ensuring software is ADA Compliant

  • Originally, we used Adobe Presenter for synchronizing audio lectures with PowerPoint slides.

    • Adobe Presenter is not compliant.

    • We now use both TechSmith’sCamtasia and Adobe Captivate.

    • When evaluating software choices, be sure to review ADA compliance. Still be cautious of software claims.


  • When evaluating software for ADA compliance:

    • Review its documentation and look for compliancy statements

    • Even if a software manufacturer indicates compliancy, it is always best to evaluate that for yourself

    • New England ADA Center’s website - How can I tell whether a software application is accessible?


  • WAG – Join UGA’s Web Accessibility Group.

  • Plan for accessibility before developing your content.

    • Have faculty provide transcripts or use outside resources for transcriptions

  • Familiar websites that are great resources and have examples are the HHS and FDA websites.



A big thank you
A big Thank you!

  • Thank you to Janet Sylvia for her guidance during this process.

Contact information

Contact Information

Johnna Hodges

Assistant Director, BioPharma Regulatory Affairs Program

College of Pharmacy

The University of Georgia, Gwinnett Campus

2530 Sever Road

Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Phone: 678-985-6808