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The Web Accessibility Group (WAG) began at [http://www.uga.edu UGA] in 2011 and transitioned to Georgia Tech's [http://www.amacusg.org AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center] in 2015. Its purpose is to bring together individuals in higher education attempting to navigate the complex [http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-it/about-the-section-508-standards Section 508] standards and [http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/ Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0].  WAG currently offers web accessibility information and assistance through a wiki, listserv, and monthly online meetings where expert presenters are invited to share best practices and solutions.
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The Web Accessibility Group (WAG) is housed at Georgia Tech. Its purpose is to bring together individuals in Higher Ed seeking to navigate the complex requirements of state and federal accessibility standards and guidelines. WAG receives funding through the State of Georgia ADA Coordinator's Office under the umbrella of the AccessGA initiative, a statewide partnership supporting state agencies including Higher Ed institutions and technical colleges. WAG offers web accessibility information and assistance through its wiki and listserv. It also provides monthly online webinar offerings, drawing on local, national and international talent and expertise on topics related to digital accessibility.  
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Dr. Beatriz Potter, a faculty member in the Modern and Classical (MCL) Languages Department at [https://www.valdosta.edu/ Valdosta State University (VSU)] has been a leader in addressing accessibility issues in online courses and instructional materials.
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The State ADA Coordinator's Office of Georgia and the Georgia Association of State Facility Administrators (GASFA), are hosting a one-day ADA Conference.
 
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[http://www.amacusg.gatech.edu/wag/Spotlight Read the Spotlight Full Story]
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The Web Accessibility Group (WAG) meets online via Collaborate web conferencing system on the first Wednesday of the month.
 
The Web Accessibility Group (WAG) meets online via Collaborate web conferencing system on the first Wednesday of the month.
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'''Next Meeting:''' '''December 7, 2016''' from '''11:00am-12:00pm (ET)'''<br><br>
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'''Topic:''' '''Procurement of Accessible ICTs: Challenges, Solutions and the Georgia Tech Best Practices Procurement Model''' <br><br>
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'''Description:''' Procurement of accessible Information and Communication Technologies requires a basic understanding of what’s required of procurement professionals and why.  This session will cover the challenges, solutions, tips and tools for procuring accessible ICTS and will feature Georgia Tech best practices model for this process. <br><br>
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*[[File:JoyKniskern2Sm1x1.jpg|frameless|left|class=pr10|alt=Joy Kniskern]] Joy Kniskern, M.Ed., CRC, Special Projects Strategist at AMAC Accessibility Solutions, has over thirty-five years of experience in launching and operating federal and state grant programs focusing on increasing access to and acquisition of assistive and accessible technologies.  For the last three years, she has supported AMAC’s initiatives in addressing ICT accessibility issues, including procurement of accessible ICTs, within state government and USG institutions. She obtained an M.Ed. at Georgia State University and a BA from Vanderbilt University.
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*[[File:JamesLogan3Sm1x1.jpg|frameless|left|class=pr10|alt=James Logan]] James Logan, Ph.D., MBA, Manager of Quality Assurance, Georgia Institute of Technology, directs quality and development for web-based issues, errors, and test cases. Over the last few years, he has helped drive Georgia’ Tech’s initiative to create a streamline, university-wide system that supports the procurement of accessible Information and Communication Technologies for faculty and staff.  Dr. Logan obtained his Ph.D. from Nova University and his MBA from Rivier College.
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'''Next Meeting:''' '''Wednesday, April 3, 2019''' from '''11:00am-12:00pm (ET)'''<br>
 
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'''Topic:''' '''''Vetting Before Getting: Procuring Accessible Products and Services ''''' <br>
  
*'''Login Link''' [https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/meeting.jnlp?sid=2015068&password=M.25BD656C52F9F0F3541B72025D5D3F WAG Login Link WAG Oct 5, 2016 (Collaborate)]
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'''Description''': One of the key components of ensuring accessibility takes place during the procurement process. You can implement accessibility standards and provide training and education, but without the upfront vetting of products and services, purchasers will face an upward battle with vendors that never ceases. In addition, without the proper vetting, the purchaser can and will be held liable should a formal complaint be filed. The 508 Refresh in 2018, combined with the recent updates to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) standards, sheds light on the need to establish policies, procedures, and consistency when procuring accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT). However, not everyone shares the same ideas regarding accessibility. You may be asking: What is an accessibility compliance review? How do we prioritize products and services? How do I validate products? Join us to learn about the accessibility testing process, as well as the responsibilities of both the vendor and the procuring institution in ensuring accessibility for all.
**Closed captioning provided for both live and recorded sessions
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*[http://www.adaconferences.org/Accessibility/ Collaborate Accessibility Guide]<br>
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This webinar is provided by AccessGA and WAG, initiatives of the Center for Inclusive Design & Innovation at Georgia Tech. AMAC Accessibility and CATEA, the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, are now the Center for Inclusive Design & Innovation (CIDI), a research, service, and education center within the College of Design at Georgia Tech.
*'''Tech Support''' is available 24/7 and 365 days a year by calling:<br>
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**U.S. and North America, Toll Free: 1 (877) 382-2293
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'''Presenter''': '''Kelsey Hall and Kristina England, IT Accessibility, University of Massachusetts Amherst'''<br>
**U.K. Toll Free: (0800) 051-7248
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**Ireland:  800 64 4528
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'''Presenter Bio''': Kelsey Hall, Ed.M., M.S., CCC-SLP is a certified Teacher of the Deaf (TOD), Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), and Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist. Over the past 12 years, Kelsey has held a variety of roles in public education nationally and internationally with individuals from Pre-K through post-secondary. Kelsey was previously the IT Accessibility and Assistive Technology Coordinator at the Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst where she managed the Assistive Technology Center and provided campus-wide support in creating accessible educational materials, websites, and spaces. The Assistive Technology Center at UMass also provided training in the use of AT to support personalized learning and access to the curriculum for both the campus community and general public. Currently, Kelsey manages an accessibility team in the corporate environment. She continues to consult to K-12 and post-secondary, as well.
**Australia, Toll Free: 1 (800) 26-7338
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**International, Non Toll Free: 1 (606) 274-2370
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'''Presenter Bio''': Kristina England is a Web Application Specialist and IT Accessibility Coordinator at University Information Technology Services in the UMass President's Office. Kristina co-established a Cross-Campus Accessibility Group with Matthew Mattingly at UMass Amherst and co-founded the UMass Accessibility Retreat with Kelsey Hall (previously from UMass Amherst). She is currently working with a taskforce of accessibility champions from across the University to implement University Administrative Standards on Accessibility. Kristina has received two Citations for Outstanding Performance in the team category from the Commonwealth. She also holds an MA in English from UMass in Boston.
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'''Registration''': Please [http://accessga.org/event.php?i=104 Register] using a brief 3 field registration form.
 
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For individuals using screen readers to access this webinar, we encourage you to visit [https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Administrator/Accessibility Blackboard’s Accessibility] page for additional setup and shortcut key commands.
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*To receive the login link for future WAG meetings, please join the WAG listserv by emailing [mailto:wag@amac.gatech.edu wag@amac.gatech.edu]
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*'''To receive the login link for future WAG meetings, please join the WAG listserv by emailing''' [mailto:wag@amac.gatech.edu wag@amac.gatech.edu]
  
 
*Recordings from previous WAG Meetings are available on the [[Monthly_Meetings|Monthly Meetings]] page.
 
*Recordings from previous WAG Meetings are available on the [[Monthly_Meetings|Monthly Meetings]] page.

Revision as of 14:32, 22 March 2019

About Web Accessibility Group (WAG) Spotlight

The Web Accessibility Group (WAG) is housed at Georgia Tech. Its purpose is to bring together individuals in Higher Ed seeking to navigate the complex requirements of state and federal accessibility standards and guidelines. WAG receives funding through the State of Georgia ADA Coordinator's Office under the umbrella of the AccessGA initiative, a statewide partnership supporting state agencies including Higher Ed institutions and technical colleges. WAG offers web accessibility information and assistance through its wiki and listserv. It also provides monthly online webinar offerings, drawing on local, national and international talent and expertise on topics related to digital accessibility.

 

The State ADA Coordinator's Office of Georgia and the Georgia Association of State Facility Administrators (GASFA), are hosting a one-day ADA Conference. Read the Spotlight Full Story

Nominate a Spotlight

 
WAG Monthly Meetings
Featured Resource: Introduction to Web Accessibility and W3C Standards

The Web Accessibility Group (WAG) meets online via Collaborate web conferencing system on the first Wednesday of the month.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 11:00am-12:00pm (ET)

Topic: Vetting Before Getting: Procuring Accessible Products and Services

Description: One of the key components of ensuring accessibility takes place during the procurement process. You can implement accessibility standards and provide training and education, but without the upfront vetting of products and services, purchasers will face an upward battle with vendors that never ceases. In addition, without the proper vetting, the purchaser can and will be held liable should a formal complaint be filed. The 508 Refresh in 2018, combined with the recent updates to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) standards, sheds light on the need to establish policies, procedures, and consistency when procuring accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT). However, not everyone shares the same ideas regarding accessibility. You may be asking: What is an accessibility compliance review? How do we prioritize products and services? How do I validate products? Join us to learn about the accessibility testing process, as well as the responsibilities of both the vendor and the procuring institution in ensuring accessibility for all.

This webinar is provided by AccessGA and WAG, initiatives of the Center for Inclusive Design & Innovation at Georgia Tech. AMAC Accessibility and CATEA, the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, are now the Center for Inclusive Design & Innovation (CIDI), a research, service, and education center within the College of Design at Georgia Tech.

Presenter: Kelsey Hall and Kristina England, IT Accessibility, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Presenter Bio: Kelsey Hall, Ed.M., M.S., CCC-SLP is a certified Teacher of the Deaf (TOD), Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), and Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist. Over the past 12 years, Kelsey has held a variety of roles in public education nationally and internationally with individuals from Pre-K through post-secondary. Kelsey was previously the IT Accessibility and Assistive Technology Coordinator at the Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst where she managed the Assistive Technology Center and provided campus-wide support in creating accessible educational materials, websites, and spaces. The Assistive Technology Center at UMass also provided training in the use of AT to support personalized learning and access to the curriculum for both the campus community and general public. Currently, Kelsey manages an accessibility team in the corporate environment. She continues to consult to K-12 and post-secondary, as well.

Presenter Bio: Kristina England is a Web Application Specialist and IT Accessibility Coordinator at University Information Technology Services in the UMass President's Office. Kristina co-established a Cross-Campus Accessibility Group with Matthew Mattingly at UMass Amherst and co-founded the UMass Accessibility Retreat with Kelsey Hall (previously from UMass Amherst). She is currently working with a taskforce of accessibility champions from across the University to implement University Administrative Standards on Accessibility. Kristina has received two Citations for Outstanding Performance in the team category from the Commonwealth. She also holds an MA in English from UMass in Boston.

Registration: Please Register using a brief 3 field registration form.
For individuals using screen readers to access this webinar, we encourage you to visit Blackboard’s Accessibility page for additional setup and shortcut key commands.

  • To receive the login link for future WAG meetings, please join the WAG listserv by emailing wag@amac.gatech.edu
 
Past Meetings & Resources Quick Links Contact

10 Tips for Applying WCAG 2.0 to Mobile Sites

Accessibility Considerations for D2L Courses

Accessible Knowledge: the Opportunities and Challenges of MOOCS

Captioning Services and Interactive Transcripts

Technology Opening the Doors to Education for First Nations Peoples in Australia

The Changing Legal Landscape of Video in Higher Education

GAAD

ICT Accessibility MOOC

Join the WAG listserv

NCDAE

Section 508

USG Accessibility Tutorial

WCAG 2.0

WebAIM

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