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Southwest ADA Center - IT Toolbox on Universal Design. Introduction The DLRP Toolbox is intended to provide online informational resources in the area of universal design applied to educational environments.

Southwest ADA Center - IT Toolbox on Universal Design

The resources in the toolbox have been selected based upon the following characteristics: addresses a range of applications and approaches that lessen physical and teaching/learning barriers for all learners; benefits all learners by expanding the options and avenues through which instruction occurs; minimizes the disadvantage that inaccessible technology and electronic communication systems can present for some learners; and maximizes the abilities and skills of all learners to become marketable in the commercial environment and successful in higher education learning environments. NV Access.

Web Technical Standards for Implementing Section 508. On December 21, 2000, the technical standards for implementing Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 were published in the Federal Register.

Web Technical Standards for Implementing Section 508

These standards set forth, in very specific terms, criteria that must be met by software, hardware, web sites, and other electronic and information technology (E&IT) to ensure its accessibility to individuals with disabilities who are either employees or customers of the Federal government. After June 21, 2001, agencies that procure E&IT that does not meet these standards, leave themselves open to either administrative complaints or private rights of action in the Federal courts by disabled individuals unable to utilize this E&IT as a result of its inaccessibility. This document lists the various web related standards, and explains how to test documents for compliance. 1194.22 Web-based intranet and Internet information and applications. ED.gov does not allow server-side image maps. Colour Contrast Analyser. The Colour Contrast Analyser is compatible with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2 (WCAG 2.0).

Colour Contrast Analyser

The tool was developed by JUn of the Web Accessibility Tools Consortium in collaboration with Vision Australia and Steve Faulkner of The Paciello Group (Europe). What is the Colour Contrast Analyser? It is primarily a tool for checking foreground & background colour combinations to determine if they provide good colour visibility. It also contains functionality to create simulations of certain visual conditions such as colour blindness. The contrast ratio helps determine whether or not the contrast between two colours can be read by people with colour blindness or other visual impairments. WCAG 2.0 Conformance. WAVE Report. StylesNo StylesContrast Summary WAVE has detected the following: ?

WAVE Report

Errors ? Alerts ? Features ? Panel Options. IDI Web Accessibility Checker : View Guideline. Untitled. Use the Accessibility Checker on your Windows desktop to find accessibility issues. The Accessibility Checker tool finds accessibility issues in your Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations.

Use the Accessibility Checker on your Windows desktop to find accessibility issues

The tool generates a report of issues that could make your content difficult for people with disabilities to understand. Accessibility Checker also explains why you should fix these issues and how to fix them. In this topic Start Accessibility Checker Click File > Info. Understand the inspection results. Make your PowerPoint presentations accessible. Windows: Best practices for making PowerPoint presentations accessible The following table includes key best practices for creating PowerPoint presentations that are accessible to people with disabilities.

Make your PowerPoint presentations accessible

Add alt text to visuals and tables The following procedures describe how to add alt text to visuals and tables in your PowerPoint presentations. Note: We recommend only putting text in the description field and leaving the title blank. This will provide the best experience with most major screen readers including Narrator. Add alt text to images Add alt text to images, such as pictures, clip art, and screenshots, so that screen readers can read the text to describe the image to users who can’t see the image. Right-click an image. Make your Excel spreadsheets accessible. Windows: Best practices for making Excel spreadsheets accessible The following table includes key best practices for creating Excel spreadsheets that are accessible to people with disabilities.

Make your Excel spreadsheets accessible

Add alt text to visuals and tables. Make your Word documents accessible. Windows: Best practices for making Word documents accessible The following table includes key best practices for creating Word documents that are accessible to people with disabilities.

Make your Word documents accessible

Add alt text to visuals and tables The following procedures describe how to add alt text to visuals and tables in your Word documents. Note: We recommend only putting text in the description field and leaving the title blank. This will provide the best experience with most major screen readers. Productivity and inclusion—Office 365 accessibility update. John Jendrezak, accessibility lead and partner director of program management for the Office Engineering team.

Productivity and inclusion—Office 365 accessibility update

Over the past year, hundreds of engineers from the Office 365 team have been working hard to make progress towards the plans outlined in our 2016 accessibility roadmap. Key enhancements releasing this quarter bring us closer to two goals: People with disabilities can communicate, consume and create content on any device.Everyone can easily create content that is accessible for all people.

SSA Guide to Applying Section 508 Standards. Accessible text requirements. Last Updated: 9/19/2016 This topic describes best practices for accessibility of text in an app, by assuring that colors and backgrounds satisfy the necessary contrast ratio.

Accessible text requirements

This topic also discusses the Microsoft UI Automation roles that text elements in a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app can have, and best practices for text in graphics. Contrast ratios Although users always have the option to switch to a high-contrast mode, your app design for text should regard that option as a last resort. Color Contrast Checker. You are here: Home > Resources > Color Contrast Checker Contrast Ratio: 8.59:1. Website accessibility testing: automated testing vs. human evaluation. A research paper that investigates the use of evaluation tools has shown the importance of using a mixture of testing methodologies in order to accurately assess the accessibility of a website. Such methods include the use of automated testing, manual expert evaluation and user testing. Access iQ™ spoke to co-author of the research paper and director of Web Key IT, Vivienne Conway, about the research findings.

Access iQ™: In your research paper Benchmarking Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools: Measuring the Harm of Sole Reliance on Automated Tests, you explain the ‘harm’ of bypassing human evaluation in favour of evaluation tools, in order to assess the accessibility of a website. You explain in terms of how many Success Criteria (SC) would be missed. However, how does reliance on evaluation tools only, affect the user? VC: Actually, I think it is the user who is inconvenienced most when website owners rely on automated tools. The importance of manual testing alongside automated accessibility tools – Media Access Australia. There are many free and paid automated tools available to help you identify accessibility issues in your websites, apps and digital channels.

Automatic accessibility checking tools are useful to broadly identify problems and start developing a plan to fix them, and engaging human experts throughout this process is important to achieve the best result. Here’s our reasons why manual testing by accessibility professionals alongside automatic tools is necessary to ensure your digital products are as accessible as possible. 1. Website accessibility testing: automated testing vs. human evaluation. The importance of manual testing alongside automated accessibility tools – Media Access Australia. My Post-CSUN Comparison of Web Accessibility Checkers.

Two weeks have now passed since the 2016 CSUN Conference, and I'm still inspired by many of the bright ideas that were generated from sessions, conversations, tweets, etc. and considering how to apply them. I gave two sessions at CSUN, What's New With Able Player? And Web Accessibility 101 with Accessible University 3.0. In the second of these session, I modeled how to use our Accessible University (AU) demo site in an interactive training session on web accessibility. The AU site consists of three core pages: A "before" page, with at least 18 accessibility problems, an "after" page, with those problems fixed, and an intermediary page that describes the problems and solutions.

One of the sessions I intended to attend but was locked out due to a capacity crowd was Luis Garcia's Automated Testing Tool Showdown. The Tools I Tested Below are the tools I set out to test, listed in alphabetical order. Ok, I didn't really test with Bobby Ok, I didn't test with Cynthia Says either Tiny fonts. Notes. What testing is possible. We are going to look at each Section 508 provision in turn and discuss the algorithmic and human judgment aspects involved in testing for compliance with the provision. This will be a fairly open-ended discussion. In the algorithmic section we will talk about what parts of the accessibility testing could feasibly be automated. We will not be looking at particular tools, but what tools could do. The points labeled here as judgment calls are things that you, as experts, can evaluate and say whether or not a given page passes or fails.

When there are specific tests in our set of tests for reviewing the tools, I will list them in the section on algorithmic testing. Testing for Web Accessibility. The information here is from Chapter 13 of the new book, Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance, by Jim Thatcher, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Richard Rutter, Christian Heilmann, Cynthia Waddell, Michael R. Burks, Shawn Lawton Henry, Bruce Lawson, Mark Urban, and Patrick H. Lauke, published by Friends of Ed, July, 2006. Triage for Accessifying Websites. Triage is a process being developed by the TLT Web Accessibility Team (the ATeam) to bring a website to an acceptable, if not perfect, level of compliance with current standards (WCAG 2.0 comformance level AA) – quickly. Audit. Web Accessibility Resources We Can't Live Without. Free Tools for Testing Website Accessibility. ED Web Technical Standards for Implementing Section 508.

Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance. Jim Thatcher Michael R. Burks Christian Heilmann Shawn Lawton Henry Andrew Kirkpatrick Patrick H. Lauke Bruce Lawson Bob Regan Richard Rutter Mark UrbanCynthia D. Watchfire WebXACT. HiSoftware Cynthia Says Portal. Section 508 - Accessibility Toolbar. The purpose of the toolbar is to provide a tool that can assist you in the manual process of checking for U.S.

Web Developer. The Paciello Group – Your Accessibility Partner (WCAG 2.0/508 audits, VPAT, usability and accessible user experience) Web Accessibility - Section 508. Webucator now offers Web Accessibility training based on this tutorial. Web Accessibility - Section 508. ACCESS Main Street: ACCESS Main Street Home. WAVE Web Accessibility Tool. Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0: Run FAE. Luminosity Colour Contrast Ratio Analyser. Colour Contrast The old Accessibility Evaluation and Repair Tools (AERT) suggested algorithm for determining colour contrast now directs here. The AERT algorithm was never a recommendation, and WCAG 2.0's luminosity contrast algorithm is recommended instead. Success Criterion 1.4.3 of WCAG 2.0 requires the visual presentation of text and images of text has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1, except for the following: