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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]
[http://www.amacusg.gatech.edu/wagback/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:''' '''Wednesday December 6, 2017''' from '''11:00am-12:00pm (EDT)'''<br>
 
 
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'''Topic:''' '''''IAAP Overview: Building an International Community of Accessibility Professionals''''' <br><br>
 
  
'''Description''': This session will discuss how you and your school can use the wealth of resources, education, certification, collaboration tools, network of accessibility professionals, and more to advance the skills of your accessibility professionals. These programs are available through the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) to disability service offices and individuals working on accessibility initiatives in higher education.
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'''Next Meeting:''' '''Wednesday, April 3, 2019''' from '''11:00am-12:00pm (ET)'''<br>
You may be looking to achieve greater digital accessibility to support your internal and external audiences with disabilities, stand out from other colleges/universities, or achieve greater accessibility compliance and reduce risk.<br><br>
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IAAP can be a valuable resource for individuals and organizations already focused on accessibility or who are just starting to build their skills and strategies and are looking to achieve a more effective accessibility roadmap that serves the needs of the school, their students, employees, and community.<br>
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*Understand how IAAP provides accessibility professional development opportunities for individuals.
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*Understand the IAAP Certification Program to date and plans for new certifications in 2018/2019.
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*Understand the IAAP programs that support organizational accessibility development.
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'''Topic:''' '''''Vetting Before Getting: Procuring Accessible Products and Services ''''' <br>
  
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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.
'''Presenter:''' '''Samantha Evans, M.B.A.''', [http://www.amacusg.org/ AMAC Accessibility Solutions]<br>
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'''Presenter Bio''': Samantha (Sam) Evans is an Account Manager with AMAC Accessibility Solutions. She is responsible for cultivating and maintaining current AMAC clicent relationships, outreach to potential clients, and management of the IAAP certification process. [http://www.amacusg.org/bio.php?id=273 Sam Evans Bio]
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*'''Login Link''' (Blackboard Collaborate):
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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.
**[https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/meeting.jnlp?sid=2015068&password=M.25BD656C52F9F0F3541B72025D5D3F WAG Sep 6 Login Link]
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**Please feel free to check your login access anytime before the live event
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*'''Accessibility'''
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**Closed captioning provided in both live and recorded session
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**[https://www.accessibilityonline.org/Accessibility/ Accessibility Guide for Blackboard Collaborate]
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*'''Technical Support''' is available 24/7 and 365 days a year. Phone numbers provided below.
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**U.S. and North America, Toll Free: 1 (877) 382-2293
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**U.K. Toll Free: (0800) 051-7248
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**Ireland:  800 64 4528
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**Australia, Toll Free: 1 (800) 26-7338
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**International, Non Toll Free: 1 (606) 274-2370
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'''Presenter''': '''Kelsey Hall and Kristina England, IT Accessibility, University of Massachusetts Amherst'''<br>
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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.
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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]
 
*'''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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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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