AccessEDU Episode 7 – Rahim Abdi

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Episode 7 – Rahim Abdi

“We want to remove access barriers, right? So, we don’t want to lessen the experience for anyone else. We just want to ensure an equivalent experience for users with disabilities. So more often than not we end up with a much more accessible and much more usable product [for everyone].

In this episode of AccessEDU, your host interviews Rahim Abdi, an accessibility analyst and homegrown expert to learn more about the technical side of accessibility.

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AccessEDU Episode 6 – Margaret Price

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Episode 6 – Margaret Price

“The fact that a book is all stuck together in one piece, in a sense, is an adaptive technology because otherwise we would probably lose pages … If we start thinking of all features of technologies, whether they’re print technologies or digital technologies as adaptive for some reason, then students start to get really excited and interested.”

In this episode of AccessEDU, your host interviews Margaret Price, a professor in the disability studies program at OSU. She shares insights into her strategies for making her classroom more inclusive.

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5/25 Think Tank a success! Check out the recording!

Last week’s UDL and Accessibility Think Tank was a great success! Lots of great dialogue from people at OSU Columbus Campus, OSU Wooster Campus, UCAT, McKendree University, University of Illinois-Springfield, University of Phoenix, and from the group Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. We also had a participant from OSU’s Office of Disability Service, Bennet Whitaker, who was able to share some fantastic insights!

If you missed it, check out the recording above!

Next Think Tank is June 15 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM and the topic is Accessibility of Complex Images. Register to attend virtually or in person! See you there!

Online Tools and Accessibility: Not All That Glitters is Gold (Webinar Recording)

The Think Tank on March 16, 2016 was a great success! View the recording below!

Join the next Think Tank!

The next Think Tank topic will be Online Tools and Accessibility: Insights From the Professional World and will focus on what we can learn from the ways that people with disabilities use technology in their careers.

Register to join in person in Denny Digital Union Room 0063 or virtually via Carmen Connect.

Questions? Email ODEEaccessibility@osu.edu.

Online Tools and Accessibility: Not All That Glitters is Gold (Webinar Recording)

 

The Think Tank on March 16, 2016 was a great success! View the recording below!

Join the next Think Tank!

The next Think Tank topic will be Online Tools and Accessibility: Insights From the Professional World and will focus on what we can learn from the ways that people with disabilities use technology in their careers.

Register to join in person in Denny Digital Union Room 0063 or virtually via Carmen Connect.

Questions? Email ODEEaccessibility@osu.edu.

2016 UDL/Accessibility Think Tanks Kick-Off With New Ideas and Cross-Institutional Collaboration

3-D circle with diverse faces.2016 UDL/Think Tanks off to a powerful start!

The first UDL/Accessibility Think Tank of 2016 was a great success! We had a great group of both virtual and in-person participants from a wide range of roles. In fact, we even had several other institutions join us to take part in these important conversations. Several representatives from University of Illinois-Springfield, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and University of Phoenix attended from afar and were an invaluable addition to the group.

The group threw out their thoughts on a series of questions related to challenges they face with accessibility, questions they get from those they work with, their biggest areas of concern or confusion, etc. Upon gathering their responses and doing some analysis for patterns and themes, the following topics have been selected.

2016 UDL/Accessibility Think Tanks

  • Online Tools and Accessibility: Not All That Glitters is Gold (March)
    • There’s a new tool that would be great to use in a course, what do I need to think about?
  • Online Tools and Accessibility: Insights from the professional world Registration Open

    • What can the professional world teach us about accessible tools in our classes?
  • Accessibility and UDL: The Art of Building Buy-In
    • How do I gain buy-in around accessibility from my colleagues and leadership?
  • Accessibility and the LMS
    • What sort of accessibility considerations must be made when building in the LMS?
  • UDL/Accessibility Done Right
    • What does it look and sound like when UDL/accessibility is done right?
  • Accessibility: Working Smarter Not Harder
    • How can we make accessibility implementation easier?
  • Forming a Strategic Approach to Captioning
    • What’s an effective way to approach a plan for captioning?
  • Getting Started with Accessibility Evaluation
    • What are the best methods/tools for faculty and staff to evaluate accessibility?
  • Working the UDL Magic
    • How do I apply or coach people to apply UDL effectively?
  • Clarifying Accessibility of Complex Images
    • How do I need to approach accessibility of complex graphs, charts, or images?

Looking forward to the insightful dialogue and shared strategies to emerge from these conversations!

Email Jessica Phillips (phillips.1507@osu.edu) with any questions.

Online Tools and Accessibility: Not All That Glitters is Gold

Gold glitter

Not all that glitters is gold…

At the UDL/Accessibility Think Tank on March 16 we will be discussing what to do if you find a third-party tech tool that you want to use in your class. Often companies do not take steps to make their products accessible unless someone pushes them to do so. We’ll explore some questions and beginner level evaluations you can conduct to find if the tool you want to use is likely to cause accessibility issues. In some cases, vendors are open to working with experts to improve their accessibility, which is an ideal situation because everyone can benefit!

Join the conversation around a thought process and testing to determine a tool’s accessibility and ensure that you both know how to talk about accessibility with those who might wish to use these tools and/or use these tools in your own course.

A collaborative approach

If you haven’t attended a UDL/Accessibility Think Tank, they are an informal discussion amongst multiple groups across OSU campus and multiple institutions outside of OSU. We are all facing the same questions and uncertainty around accessibility and talking together has proven to help shed light. At these sessions you’ll hear from experts as well as those in the trenches of creating accessible student experiences.

The details…

Register for the Think Tank and join the conversation! This session will be Wednesday, March 16 from 2:30-3:30 PM. You can join in person in Denney Hall 0063 or virtually via CarmenConnect (register for virtual link info). If you have questions email ODEEaccessibility@osu.edu.

Online Tools and Accessibility: Not All That Glitters is Gold

Gold glitter

Not all that glitters is gold…

At the UDL/Accessibility Think Tank on March 16 we will be discussing what to do if you find a third-party tech tool that you want to use in your class. Often companies do not take steps to make their products accessible unless someone pushes them to do so. We’ll explore some questions and beginner level evaluations you can conduct to find if the tool you want to use is likely to cause accessibility issues. In some cases, vendors are open to working with experts to improve their accessibility, which is an ideal situation because everyone can benefit!

Join the conversation around a thought process and testing to determine a tool’s accessibility and ensure that you both know how to talk about accessibility with those who might wish to use these tools and/or use these tools in your own course.

A collaborative approach

If you haven’t attended a UDL/Accessibility Think Tank, they are an informal discussion amongst multiple groups across OSU campus and multiple institutions outside of OSU. We are all facing the same questions and uncertainty around accessibility and talking together has proven to help shed light. At these sessions you’ll hear from experts as well as those in the trenches of creating accessible student experiences.

The details…

Register for the Think Tank and join the conversation! This session will be Wednesday, March 16 from 2:30-3:30 PM. You can join in person in Denney Hall 0063 or virtually via CarmenConnect (register for virtual link info). If you have questions email ODEEaccessibility@osu.edu.

2016 UDL/Accessibility Think Tanks Kick-Off With New Ideas and Cross-Institutional Collaboration

3-D circle with diverse faces.2016 UDL/Think Tanks off to a powerful start!

The first UDL/Accessibility Think Tank of 2016 was a great success! We had a great group of both virtual and in-person participants from a wide range of roles. In fact, we even had several other institutions join us to take part in these important conversations. Several representatives from University of Illinois-Springfield, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and University of Phoenix attended from afar and were an invaluable addition to the group.

The group threw out their thoughts on a series of questions related to challenges they face with accessibility, questions they get from those they work with, their biggest areas of concern or confusion, etc. Upon gathering their responses and doing some analysis for patterns and themes, the following topics have been selected.

2016 UDL/Accessibility Think Tanks

  • Online Tools and Accessibility: Not All That Glitters is Gold (March)
    • There’s a new tool that would be great to use in a course, what do I need to think about?
  • Online Tools and Accessibility: Insights from the professional world Registration Open

    • What can the professional world teach us about accessible tools in our classes?
  • Accessibility and UDL: The Art of Building Buy-In
    • How do I gain buy-in around accessibility from my colleagues and leadership?
  • Accessibility and the LMS
    • What sort of accessibility considerations must be made when building in the LMS?
  • UDL/Accessibility Done Right
    • What does it look and sound like when UDL/accessibility is done right?
  • Accessibility: Working Smarter Not Harder
    • How can we make accessibility implementation easier?
  • Forming a Strategic Approach to Captioning
    • What’s an effective way to approach a plan for captioning?
  • Getting Started with Accessibility Evaluation
    • What are the best methods/tools for faculty and staff to evaluate accessibility?
  • Working the UDL Magic
    • How do I apply or coach people to apply UDL effectively?
  • Clarifying Accessibility of Complex Images
    • How do I need to approach accessibility of complex graphs, charts, or images?

Looking forward to the insightful dialogue and shared strategies to emerge from these conversations!

Email Jessica Phillips (phillips.1507@osu.edu) with any questions.