Accessibility in short is the process of making websites and website content percievable and usable by people with disabilities.
With Georgia Tech receiving federal funding, all colleges, schools, research centers and other departments and divisions of the institute are legally required to adhere to the official accessibility standards defined in Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitaion Act. These standards define how information is to be presented in websites and other online materials so that users with disabilities can still properly access that information.
As a good starting point for anyone creating web content, the Ivan Allen College has provided a short fifteen minute Accessibility Primer that addresses the most common problems and how to prevent or correct them. It covers accessibility issues with images, headings, lists, page layouts, navigational aides, and handling audio and video content. In addition, the WebAIM organization provides simple explanations of the general principles of accessibility.
Accessibility Compliance ResourcesAccessibility Compliance Resources
A listing of accessibility compliance resources are available below.
- Georgia Tech's Accessibility Resources and Requirements
- USG Board of Regents' Accessibility Policy
- USG Board of Regents' Accessibility Tutorial
- Web Accessibility Group for Higher Education (WAG) Accessibility Resources List (wonderfully-relevant presentation highlights and tool recommendations, including great tips on PDF and video accessibility)
- W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Specification
- W3C's Guide to Understanding WCAG 2.0
- W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
- IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals) educational resources
- http://a11yproject.com/checklist - Good checklist
Accessibility Resources Sub-Topics
AMAC (On Campus Accessibility Organization)AMAC (On Campus Accessibility Organization)
AMAC is a Georgia Tech entity operated by the College of Architecture that provides accessibility support to the entire University System of Georgia. However, its services are also made available to entities outside of the university system on a subscription basis.
They can help with any accessibility compliance concerns you or your faculty might have.
Each campus department/unit that wants to use AMAC services has to become a 'member' of AMAC.
The person to talk with is Kimberly Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org), who can help a department/unit get enrolled as an AMAC members.
Registration Point of Contacts
Per AMAC's request:
[AMAC recommends] that each school create an account to manage the budget manipulations in order to receive payment for services that we render. Then the school can let [Kimberly Allen] know who needs access to order when the membership application in completed.
To register, follow the directions below:
- Open a web browser and navigate to the AMAC Join page.
- Fill out the Become a Member form, choose your membership type ( Georgia Board of Regents Post - Secondary) and select Next to view the agreement.
- Select the check boxes at the bottom, (print for your records) and electronically sign the membership agreement when you submit.
- AMAC will contact you with login credentials to the ordering system.
Georgia Tech / USG pricing for transcription and captioning services from AMAC:
- Transcript only: $1.64/min, $98.40/hr.
- Captions only (transcript provided by requester): $1.23/min, $73.80/hr.
- Transcript and captions: $2.85/min, $171.00/hr.
Captioning & Transcription Questions
Accessibility ToolsAccessibility Tools
A list of helpful tools and checklists to make it easier to create and evaluate accessibility.
- A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) checklist for websites.
- Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE): Free registration lets you test multiple pages at once.
- WebAIM’s accessiblity tools:
- List of basic screenreader commands for testing.
- W3C's WAI-approved list of accessibility tools.
- US Government's list of accessibility tools.
- List of Firefox accessibility add-ons.
- Colour Contrast Analyser (CCA), Web Accessibility Toolbar (WAT, and Accessibility Viewer (aViewer) from Paciello.
Accessible Documents and FilesAccessible Documents and Files
This page lists resources for accessibility for files and documents attached to your website.
Accessible Documents and Files Sub-Topics
Creating Accessible Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and PDF Documents (Video Tutorial)Creating Accessible Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and PDF Documents (Video Tutorial)
This 1-hour presentation was provided via Adobe Connect and incorporates a demo of JAWS screen reader accessing a Word document (Demo 1 which begins at timestamp 8:11).
For those who may be new to Adobe Connect:
- Closed captioning is provided in the Captioning Pod
- Adobe Connect Accessibility Features
- The Events Index (visually located on left side of Adobe Connect screen) contains a list of topics covered during the webinar
- Each topic can be expanded to access direct hyperlinks to that specific section
Courtesy of AccessGA.
The checklists from HHS.gov are available via the USG Accessibility Tutorial, under Training, Intermediate/Advanced and Creating New Content.
All About Image CarouselsAll About Image Carousels
While carousels are traditionally seen as a good way to squeeze more content into a limited amount of screen space, studies (see Should I Use a Carousel?) show that site visitors are most likely to ignore anything beyond the first slide, and a poorly built carousel can irritate users, leaving them with negative feelings towards your site and your organization.
From an accessibility standpoint, it is possible to build an accessible carousel, but this usually has to be done from scratch, as most popular carousel widgets (e.g. Flexslider) have been unwilling or unable to update their code to make it properly accessible. If you are interested in building your own carousel system, the AccessIQ tutorial and W3C tutorial will give you a good framework to help you code your system properly.
So, in short, for the time being it's best to avoid carousels whenever possible, especially with Drupal sites, as there is yet to be a really simple, easy to configure carousel system for Drupal.
On-Campus 508 Compliance TestingOn-Campus 508 Compliance Testing
From the Office of Information Technology's EIS Quality Assurance Team:
Presently, the EIS Quality Assurance team provides these value-add services to the Institute, both Load Testing and Compliance Testing, at no charge. However, if a requester wishes to learn how to use the many tools in our toolkit, our team can work with the requester until they become proficient. It's more of a consultation and testing service.
The EIS Quality Assurance team has access to over 1000+ mobile handsets for testing the responsive design web site approach.
Video Captioning and Audio TranscriptsVideo Captioning and Audio Transcripts
Georgia Tech is legally required to caption any video content and provide transcripts of any audio-only content used on its websites. This includes video and audio content created for academic (classroom) and non-academic (promotional) purposes.