California State University, Sacramento
Some Useful Resources to Enhance Web Page and Instructional Material
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CSUS Office of
Students With Disabilities
Students with Disabilities
(SSWD) offers a wide range of
support services and accommodations to students
in order to ensure
equal access and opportunity to pursue their educational goals.
Development for Accessible Technology
This site is a project of the Accessible
(ATI) of the California State University system. The mission of
ATI is for the CSU system
of universities to excel and provide
leadership in using technology that is fully accessible through
universal design to its students, faculty, staff
and the general public.
These technologies have been used by
students when building up
strategies to make working with on-line materials easier and quicker.
Cynthia is a web
content accessibility validation
solution designed to identify errors in design related to Section 508
standards and the WCAG guidelines. The main purpose of this portal is
to educate web site developers in the development Web Based content
that is accessible to all. I find the validation reports to be
clear and useful.
Temple University for the Pennsylvania Iniative on
Technology, this site provides a
service similar to the WebXACT online
validator. I find the WAVE page evaluator to be a bit
less complex and less technically oriented than Bobby, and the results
more easily understood. WAVE puts more emphasis on
human judgement regarding actual accessiblity than does WebXACT.
A-Prompt (Accessibility Prompt) is a
software tool designed to
the usability of HTML documents by evaluating Web pages for
barriers and then providing developers with a fast and easy way to make
the necessary repairs. You can download the application to
your computer without charge.
The software is made available
through the joint efforts
of the University of Toronto's Adaptive Technology Resource Centre
and the TRACE Center at the University of Wisconsin. This works
from your desktop and serves to guide and correct your design as you go.
This site explains accessiblity
standards--what the validators above are looking for. The site is a
trove of the best information about accessibility.
It provides links to all sorts of resources for those trying to make
pages accessible; it also provides links and information you can give
others who are disabled themselves. Reading this site is like
a course on accessiblity--I highly recommend it.
on Accessible Web Design
Universal Design of
Instruction: Definition, Principles, and Examples
For an interesting video on the
Access: Universal Design of Instruction
EASI (Equal Access to Software and
On-line courses in designing accessible
web pages. I took the basic
course and found it to be worth the investment. This site also
numerous other resources such as weekly web casts of
or interviews with experts in accessible design. This site is a
resource that will keep you well informed regarding what is going on
regarding accessibility issues and good practices.
Design Group Accessibility
This is a brief, and useful
discussion of the topics: reasons why we
should write accessible pages; accessibility tips, and myths about
I think this page is definitely worth a visit; especially for those
new to the concept of accessibility.
Guidelines for Developing Accessible Learning Applications
The guidelines developed by the
IMS Accessibility Project
and presented in this document, will provide a framework for the
learning community. This framework will highlight existing solutions,
the opportunities and strategies for their implementation and will
areas where further development and innovation are required to ensure
that is truly accessible to anyone, anytime, anywhere.
Using Rich Media in
The National Center for Accessible
Media, is a collection of resources
for developers and users interested in ways to make rich media
to people with disabilities. See a Showcase of rich media uses,
tools, and tutorials on rich media design and use. A very
resource if you want or need media elements in your pages such
streaming video, animations, slideshows, tickers, etc.
Download the Thunder ScreenReader
talking software and your XP or
Vista computer will be immediately usable by someone who can’t
see to read the screen. You will have a talking computer which will
speak as you press keys and read out to you what is on the screen.
LecShare Pro helps you create
accessible, narrated presentations from
Microsoft PowerPoint. Easily record or import audio into your
presentation and export it to a number of different formats.
(Copies available in the Center for Teaching and Learning)
View a recent presentation by Norm
Coombs and Greg Kraus on what
LecShare does. Best viewed using Internet Explorer 6 or 7,
Many more of our students experience
learning disabilities than
visual or auditory ones. Resources that help us understand and
the needs of these students who are increasingly confronted with
learning contexts on the web are useful resources.