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Basic Principles of IT Accessibility

DIY IT Accessibility

In this webinar, we will give an overview of the six areas that have the greatest impact on making your online content more accessible. Unintentional barriers to learning can happen when headings, links, color, images, tables, and multimedia are incorrectly used or formatted. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to make all of your online content more accessible, including ELMS-Canvas course spaces, emails, presentations, and handbooks. Participants will leave the workshop with new skills for increased accessibility as well as additional resources for implementing the Six Essential Steps in all aspects of creating and editing online content.

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Web Accessibility

Introduction to Web Accessibility (2 hours)

Introductory training for web content producers, editors and managers. This 2-hour training will cover:

  • Introduction to Web Accessibility
  • Overview on how individuals with disabilities use the web
  • How to apply the IT accessibility 6 essential steps (headings, links, color and contrast, images, tables, media) in everyday tasks
  • Basics of accessibility testing (automated tools and manual checks)
  • Basics of document accessibility

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Available dates and registration for live webinar: no dates currently available.


Siteimprove Admin: Reporting and tracking progress (1 hour)

As an Administrator in Siteimprove, it is important to understand the full functionality of the platform to make it easier for you and your users to take advantage of all the data provided and improve your web presence. In the is session we will cover, but not limit the discussion to:

  • User Roles and setup
  • Scanning Authenticated content
  • Setting up additional integrations
  • Understanding the crawl/spider/scan configurations
  • Creating Dashboard Reports
  • How to monitor progress over time

Recording: Siteimprove Admin Webinar (August 2020)

Siteimprove: All modules overview and updates

In this session we will provide a refresher on the full capabilities of the Siteimprove platform, changes since the University signed up with Siteimprove, and features Siteimprove is investigating for further development. The below topics will be covered, but discussion will not be limited too:

  • Siteimprove DCI scoring and Dashboard
  • Understanding and troubleshooting broken links and misspellings
  • Taking advantage of Inventory and the visibility of your entire website
  • Working with the Policy Module. Putting the power in your hands to monitor compliance
  • Quick view of SEO
  • Using Behavior Maps to understand visitor behavior
  • Insight to what else is Siteimprove working

Recording: Siteimprove modules overview and updates webinar (July 2020)

Siteimprove: Accessibility module

In this session we will dive deep into the Siteimprove platform accessibility module. We will focus on updates being rolled out within Siteimprove accessibility and then dive into the navigation of priority issues. While learning how to navigate the platform, one of Siteimprove’ s Accessibility experts will be on to discuss the importance of addressing these priorities issues.

Webinar recording: Siteimprove accessibility module webinar (August 2020)

Siteimprove: New NextGen Accessibility module

In this session we will give an overview of the New Accessibility NextGen Module.

Recording: Siteimprove accessibilitiy NextGen webinar.

Accessible Course Design

Implementing Accommodations and Accessibility: Best Practices Online

In this webinar we will give an overview on how to implement the most common accommodations such as extended time for exams and professional captioning using ELMS-Canvas. We will share accessibility best practices and tools that can be used to build accessibility as an integral part of course design.

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Document Accessibility

Sensus Access: Alternative Media Made Easy

In this webinar we will discuss SensusAccess, UMD's new alternative media solution to convert documents in multiple formats. SensusAccess allows students, faculty, staff, and alumni to automatically convert documents into a range of alternate media including audio books (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB, EPUB3 and Mobi), and digital Braille. The service can also be used to convert inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures, and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible and less tricky formats.

Available dates and registration for live webinar: no dates currently available.

Equidox PDF Remediation Software: New User Training

Equidox is a web based software that converts inaccessible PDFs into accessible documents. Training is required for users before being granted access to the platform.

Equidox introductory training will cover the high-level basics for day-to-day use of Equidox, interface navigation, and best practices for PDF accessibility. Areas of focus will include text, headings, lists, tables, images, links and other common elements that make up a PDF document. An end-user guide, training videos, and methods of contacting the Equidox team for additional questions or assistance will be made available. Review the Equidox user guide.

Webinar recording: Equidox webinar recording (August 2020)

Available dates and registration for live webinar: no dates currently available.

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