International experts on web accessibility will present a three-hour webinar May 31 on what universities must do to make websites that are useful to everyone, including those with disabilities. The seminar -- "Making Web Accessibility Work for Your Institution is Everybody's Business" -- is sponsored by Educause and features three speakers from WebAim, a Utah State University organization that has become a leading provider of web accessbility training.
The seminar will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in 1230 Communications Building. Faculty, staff and students who maintain student club and activity websites can attend the session at no charge. Information Technology Services (ITS) is picking up the webinar fee, and Student Disability Resources is providing complimentary pizza and drinks for attendees.
The seminar will explore the various levels of web accessibility practices necessary at an institution.
- At a faculty and staff level, the focus will be on how to create and evaluate the accessibility of web content. This includes typical files uploaded into learning management systems (for example, Word, PDF and PowerPoint) as well as HTML content created locally or procured for an institution’s use.
- At an administrative level, discussion will turn to the importance of enterprise-wide web accessibility and tools available to aid an institution in a self-study of web accessibility. One emphasis will be the continuous improvement that is a focus of regional accreditation groups.
Participants must register for the event. The room will accommodate 40 attendees. Employees should register on AccessPlus. Go to Employee > HRS training > Courses. Students can enroll by emailing CELT@iastate.edu.
The event is sponsored by ISU's Web Accessibility Task Force and ITS.