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Accessibility. Introduction to Disability Awareness June 29, 2011. Index. Review Demographics Discuss Assistive Technology Review Timeline and Issues Next Steps. Demographics. 18% of the population have a disability 12% of this population have a severe disability.

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  • Introduction to Disability Awareness
  • June 29, 2011
  • Review Demographics
  • Discuss Assistive Technology
  • Review Timeline and Issues
  • Next Steps
  • 18% of the population have a disability
  • 12% of this population have a severe disability
  • Some people are born with a disability while others get sick or have an accident
  • Like cancer, disabilities are an aging issue
types of disabilities
Types of Disabilities
  • Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Speech disabilities
  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Mobility
  • Others
assistive technology
Assistive Technology
  • Specialized Tools help people interact
    • If these tools allow someone to use a system, then that system is accessible
assistive technology for note taking
Assistive Technology for note taking
  • Braillewriter
  • Braille notetakers
  • Voice Device
  • Keyboard
  • Memos
accessibility and the law
Accessibility and the Law
  • What does it mean to be accessible?
    • People with disabilities can perform the same functions, receive the same information, and participate as both a consumer and a producer

Judith Heumann Special Advisor on Disability Rights for the US State Department under President Obama, former Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education

"For people without disabilities, technology makes things convenient, whereas for people with disabilities, it makes things possible . . . [this] fact brings with it an enormous responsibility because the reverse is also true. Inaccessible technology can make things absolutely impossible for disabled people, a prospect we must avoid."

  • Fall 2009: Develop strategy for web accessibility
    • Comply with WCAG 2.0 Level AA
  • June 2010 – Launch new
    • Testing: IW & ACS use Firefox Total Validator open source tool
    • Consulting: Knowbility perform manual and automated assessment
  • August 2010 - Feb 2011: Additional Changes
    • Additional changes to fix bugs found by Knowbility, including color contrast, keyboard access and readability
examples of accessibility issues
Examples of Accessibility Issues
  • Lack of Alt Text on Images
  • Heading elements not ordered properly
  • Color Contrasts
  • PDFs not readable by screenreader
  • Keyboard access does not work on drop down menus
  • Focus order is illogical
steps to ensure accessibility
Steps to Ensure Accessibility
  • UCM Standards
    • Added rules within UCM guidelines to ensure accessibility for alternate text and readability
  • Announce Web Accessible on
  • JAWS licenses (3) purchased
    • Utilized for new development and any changes
  • Updated contract templates
    • Clause must meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA
what we still need
What we still need…
  • Immediate
    • Customized, actionable playbook to ensure we develop code that meet accessibility standards up front
      • Specific Instructions on how to test
    • Training:
      • Developers
        • Fix existing bugs
        • Develop correctly from the beginning
      • Managers/Business Owners
        • What does it mean to be accessible
        • How to talk to vendors about requirements
what we still need1
What we still need…
  • Long Term
    • Ad Hoc Consulting, if necessary
    • Best practices/tools/testing
possible consulting partner
Possible Consulting Partner
  • Possible proposal
    • Checklist adoption/customization
    • Training for managers, developers, vendors
    • Pilots of various tools
      • HTML compliance checker
      • Eclipse AcTF aDesigner
  • Partner to help American Cancer Society integrate accessibility more seamlessly into it practice