Making Websites Work for Everyone: Web Accessibility at UCLA

September 27th, 2013

On October 10 we marked the launch of the new UC Accessibility Policy and celebrated Disability History Week.

In this introductory presentation we covered some history of adaptive technology, discussed the existing
web accessibility landscape, and demoed the AMP testing tool,
available free to developers at UCLA. We also showed eight Quick Tests
that can help meet specific WCAG 2.0 AA checkpoints.

Thanks to all those who attended. You can download the
"Making Websites Work for Everyone" Powerpoint slides.

DCP on Mobile & Web Accessibility

September 26th, 2013

The DCP team presented on the topics of mobile and web accessibility at MMWCon, September 11, 2013.

We gave an overview of the current state of mobile access, then demonstrated the AMP software and our UCLA Quick Tests for identifying specific accessibility problems. Followed by a great discussion with a lively audience.

Details are contained in our MMWCon Accessibility slides.

UCLA Quick Tests for Accessibility at UCCSC

September 26th, 2013

DCP unveiled our Quick Tests for web accessibility at the 2013 UC Computing Services Confernce (UCCSC) at UC Irvine on August 5. The tests are an attempt to perform “human judgment” tests for many of the WCAG 2.0 AA checkpoints. The tests are meant to be fast, repeatable, verifiable, and applicable to large amounts of content.

You may view the Quick Test Powerpoint slides.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 8th, 2013

To help mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, DCP demoed the AMP accessibility testing software (from SSB Bart Group) to UCLA web developers. AMP is now easily available to Staff via single sign-on. We also gave an intro to what accessibility is, and the role programmers can play in improving it.

  • Location: 5628 Math Science (Visualization Portal; UCLA campus)
  • Date: May 9
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 AM

UC Berkeley’s event was broadcast via the Berkeley UStream feed from noon-2PM Thursday (The loop will continue, until replaced by the next event.)

The main event in the Los Angeles area took place in Santa Monica, with headline speaker Molly Holzschlag. Free registration and follow-up info is via the Meetup event page.

Events for the day were truly worldwide, and you can get an overview on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day site.

New Federal Guidance On Electronic Accessibility

May 26th, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights has issued a 15-question FAQ clarifying its stand on accessibility of electronic reading devices and electronic information in general. The document was announced in “Dear Colleague” letters, sent out to both K12 and post-secondary institutions.

This guidance document is an outgrowth of the 2010 Kindle case, in which the National Federation of the Blind sued several universities for providing students with the Kindle e-reader, which was deemed inaccessible to blind students.

The FAQ spells out conditions under which schools can sponsor electronic technology projects and steps they can take to ensure accessibility (either built into the device, or through a “substantively equivalent” process).

The document affirms that such dedicated reading devices, along with online courses and other web-based information fall under Section 504 of the Rehab Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As “programs and services” of the educational institution, these information sources must be made accessible, analogous to the requirements for physical access to the built environment.

Frequently Asked Questions About the June 29, 2010, Dear Colleague Letter