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2016 Strategies for Implementing Accessible Online Media

  • Upcoming, available April 2016 after CSUN Annual Conference

2015 Accessible Art

  • Summary: Visual art may be utilized by faculty in face-to-face or online classes, art galleries, art exhibits or museum tours. Artwork takes on many forms: paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, etc. The experience of art may be spiritual, emotional, cultural, or intellectual. This experience should be made accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired. Art can be made accessible by communicating the visual appearance of art through other senses, like sound (via Verbal Description) or touch (via Tactile Objects and Tactile Diagrams). Verbal Descriptions are provided by way of audio. These audio descriptions are typically 3-6 minutes in length. The primary goal is to allow the listener to form a mental image of the visual artwork. Verbal Descriptions can be read aloud by audio guides in face-to-face classes or as part of an webinar. They can also be recorded and included alongside artwork in online courses, website galleries or museum tours.
  • For more information about Verbal Descriptions, please visit Art Beyond Sight
  • For additional training, please visit Art Beyond Sight: Accessibility Tools Training
  • For examples of Verbal Descriptions of historical artwork, please visit Art Beyond Sight: Verbal Description Database.

2014 Accessibility Considerations for Online Learning