Accessibility Is Usability

This presentation is an overview and introduction that approaches the topic of web accessibility as a way to maximize usability. In addition, it will make the argument that accessibility helps promote universal access for all users.

The webinar will be split into segments as detailed in the outline. At the conclusion of each segment, there will be time for questions and answers. Estimated time for questions: 10-15 minutes.

Making the case that considering the virtual needs of users with disabilities helps ensure usability. This webinar will show how proper accessibility can lead to cleaner interfaces that work on multiple monitor sizes, search engine optimization, and faster download speed. In short, good accessibility helps serve everyone!

This webinar will outline:

  • What is accessibility
  • The law as written and who it applies to
  • Types of disabilities and how people with disabilities use the web
  • Different adaptive technologies
  • Annoyances
  • How to write accessible code
  • How this promotes universal access
  • How to check for accessibility

Learning Objectives

  • Knowledge of key concepts of accessible web design
  • Knowledge of parallels between accessibility and universal design
  • How to test for accessibility

Target Audience

  • Academic Libraries
  • State Libraries
  • Public Libraries
  • Libraries serving people with disabilities
  • Librarians charged with creating and disseminating digital content.

Presenter

Christopher Corrigan
In the course of his time Adaptive Services, through partnerships with professionals in the field, Christopher has acquired extensive knowledge regarding accessibility and accessible design. His experience and knowledge have led to him giving a recurring presentation to students from the Catholic University of America’s School of Library and Information Science and mentoring students from the University of Maryland’s iSchool. In addition, while attending Catholic himself, he focused on information architecture and usability.

He has four years’ experience teaching adaptive technology to blind and low-vision students. In addition, he has presented at the following : Bridging the Spectrum, Catholic University “Evolution of Adaptive Services Wikipedia Book Club for the Blind: A Constructivist Approach to Information Literacy” 2013 iDiversity, University of Maryland “Information Literacy for the Blind: Bridging the Digital Divide for All Users” 2013 Networking Uncommons, ALA Midwinter “Information Literacy for the Blind: Bridging the Digital Divide for All Users” 2013 Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers, Catholic University “Introduction to Web Accessibility” 2012

Date(s) & Time(s)

Friday, May 31, 2013 1:00 - 2:15 PM Central Time

Fee

Number of seats: 30 max

Registration fees:

$40 for ASCLA members

$50 for ALA members

$65 for non-ALA members

$35 for ALA student members and retired members

Group Rates

$99 single login

$38/person multiple logins. (min. 2 people)

Technical Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Blackboard Collaborate. System requirements for Blackboard are included at the bottom of this message. More information is available at www.blackboard.com or at their support site, http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Support/Support-for-Blackboard-Collaborate.aspx.

You will receive access instructions from Andrea no later than 24 hours before the webinar is to be held.

How to Register

Contact

Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org. Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Andrea Hill, ASCLA Web Manager, at ahill@ala.org.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!