Dr. Beatriz Potter, a faculty member in the Modern and Classical (MCL) Languages Department at Valdosta State University (VSU) has been a leader in addressing accessibility issues in online courses and instructional materials.
Featured Training: 10 Tips for Creating Accessible Web Content with WCAG 2.0
The Web Accessibility Group (WAG) meets online via Collaborate web conferencing system on the first Wednesday of the month.
Recent Meeting:October 5, 2016 from 11:00am-12:00pm (ET)
Topic:Why We Need A Global Inclusive Education Standard
Description:This session will address the need for equitable access to higher education, where accessible education would be the international norm. A fascinating conversation on globally inclusive education with the Canadian delegate to several ISO committees.
There are three converging events that require us to start thinking about and planning for a global inclusive education standard:
1. More countries are ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
2. The UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 include Goal 4 which is Education and Goal 4.5 which identifies inclusive education.
3. We live in a global community with increasingly global educational and employment opportunities.
If we fail to identify a baseline of inclusive education, we fail those of us with disabilities and the global community.
Karen McCall, M.Ed., (Karlen Communications) is a specialist in digital content accessibility and an advocate for the rights of those of us with disabilities. Her work in the field spans more than 16 years and several publications including the first book written on creating and working with accessible PDF documents. Karen is a Canadian delegate to the ISO 32000 (PDF Standards), ISO 14289 (PDF/UA-Universal Accessibility) committee, as well as the ISO Active Assistive Living committee.