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ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE

 

Presenter(s)
Scott Bellman
DO-IT at UW
3737 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle WA 98105
Day Phone: 206-685-6222
Fax: 206-221-4171
Email: swb3@u.washington.edu

Presenter #2
Sheryl Burgstahler
DO-IT at UW
3737 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle WA 98105
Day Phone: 206-685-3648

Access to technology in work settings for people with disabilities will be discussed.

"Electronic and information technology" (referred to as simply "technology" in this publication)  includes a broad range of products used to acquire, store, manipulate, and transmit information. These technologies include computers, software, websites, telephones, science lab equipment, CDs, videotapes, photocopiers, fax machines, and calculators.

Many technology products are designed in such a way that they are inaccessible to people with some types of disabilities. For example, a person with a visual impairment may not be able to interpret telephone use instructions if they are presented only in a visual format; a person who is deaf cannot access content of a software program that is only presented aurally. Too often even those individuals with disabilities who have assistive technology, a computer, and Internet connection, still cannot make full use of their capabilities because of the inaccessible features of hardware or software. In contrast, when universal design principles are employed as technology is created or updated, the resulting products are fully accessible to a broad audience, including assistive technology users.

This tutorial, created by DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology), describes how people with disabilities use computers, tells how technology can be made accessible, and lists resources for further study. To complete the tutorial, simply read the documents and freely view the video presentations online; you can also purchase the videos in VHS format from DO-IT. You will find it easier to link to the websites if you use the electronic form of this document at http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Technology/aeit.html.

How do individuals with disabilities access technology?
Read the publication and view the video Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology at
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Video/wt_dis.html.

View the video Access to Technology in the Workplace: In Our Own Words at
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Video/access_tech.html

Read the publication and view the video Working Together: Computer Technology and People with Mobility Impairments at
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Video/wt_mobility.html.

Read the publication and view the video Working Together: Computer Technology and People with Sensory Impairments at
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Video/wt_sensory.html.

Read the publication and view the video Working Together: Computer Technology and People with Learning Disabilities at
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Video/wt_learn.html.

What are specific types of
technology and how can they be made accessible to people with disabilities?

Accessible Web Pages and other Internet Tools
Read the publication and view the video World Wide Access: Accessible Web Design at
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Video/www.html.

Read Section 508 Guide: Web-Based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications at
http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/guide/1194.22.htm.

Read the Guide to Section 508 Standards: Web Accessibility Checklist at
http://www.webaim.org/standards/508/checklist.

Read the Checklist of Checkpoints for Authoring Tool at Accessibility at
http://www.w3.org/TR/ATAG10/atag10-chktable.html.

Read Accessibility of Online Chat Programs at
http://www.webaim.org/articles/chats.

Accessible Telecommunications Products
Read Use of Telecommunications Products by People with Disabilities at
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Technology/telcom.html.

Read the Technical Bulletin: Access to Telecommunications at
http://www.access-board.gov/publications/bulletins/telecomm.htm.

Read About the Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines at
http://www.access-board.gov/telecomm/about%20telecomm.htm.

Read FCC Consumer Fact Sheets - Section 255 Telecommunications Access for People with Disabilities at
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/section255.html.

Read FCC Consumer Facts - Telecommunications Relay Services at
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/trs.html.

Read Guide to Section 508 Standards: Telecommunications Products at
http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/guide/1194.23.htm.

Read Telecommunications: What You Should Be Getting at
http://www.afb.org/info_document_view.asp?documentid=1562#telecommunications.

Accessible Video and Multimedia Products
Read Creating Video and Multimedia Products that are Accessible to People with Sensory Impairments at
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Technology/vid_sensory.html.

Read Guide to Section 508 Standards: Video and Multimedia Products at
http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/guide/1194.24.htm.

Read Consumer Facts - Accessibility of Emergency Video Programming at
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/emergencyvideo.html.

Read Consumer Facts - Closed Captioning at
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/closedcaption.html.

Accessible Software
Read Designing Software that is Accessible to Individuals with Disabilities at
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Technology/design_software.html.

Read Guide to Section 508 Standards: Software Applications and Operating Systems at
http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/guide/1194.21.htm.

Review Software Accessibility Checklist at
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/508/archive/oldsoftware.html.

Read Software Accessibility at
http://www-306.ibm.com/able/guidelines/software/accesssoftware.html.

Accessible Desktop and Portable
Computers
Read Guide to Section 508 Standards: Desktop and Portable Computers at
http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/guide/1194.26.htm.

Accessible Self-Contained, Closed Products
Read Guide to Section 508 Standards: Self-Contained, Closed Products at
http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/guide/1194.25.htm.

What are examples of where
accessible technology should be used?
Read the publication and view the video Real Connections: Making Distance Learning Accessible to Everyone at
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Video/real_con.html.

Read Distance Learning: Universal Design, Universal Access at
http://www.aace.org/pubs/etr/issue2/burgstahler.cfm.

Read the publication and view the video Equal Access: Computer Labs at
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Video/equal.html.

Read Equal Access: Libraries at
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Technology/libsrv.html.

What are examples of policies for procuring, using, and developing accessible technology?
Read Policy Governing World Wide Web Accessibility, University of Wisconsin-Madison at
http://www.wisc.edu/wiscinfo/policy/wwwap.html.

Read the Ohio State University Web Accessibility Policy at
http://ada.osu.edu/resources/WebPolicies.htm.

Read The Goal: Making University of Washington Web Sites Accessible to Everyone at
http://www.washington.edu/computing/accessible/.

Read Central Michigan University Web Policy at
http://www.cmich.edu/web-policy/accessibility.htm.

Read Implementation Plan for Web Accessibility at
http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/impl/.

Read Accessible Web Design Policy Statements and Standards at
http://www.washington.edu/computing/accessible/resources.html.

Read Plan for Institutional Coordination and Reform to Support Web Accessibility at George Mason University at
http://www.webaim.org/articles/gmuplan.

Read Online Institutional Examples (of policies on Web accessibility) University/Postsecondary Policies in the United States at
http://www.webaim.org/howto/reform/resourcelist/.

Read Oregon State University Software Access Guidelines at
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/tap/Policy/soft.html.

Read Library Services for People with Disabilities Policy at
http://www.ala.org/ascla/access_policy.html.

Where can I find training and support regarding accessible technology, legal issues, and resources?
Good places to start include:
Technology and Universal Design at
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Resources/technology.html.

Equal Access to Software and Information at
http://www.rit.edu/~easi/.

For Educational Entities
AccessIT: National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education
http://www.washington.edu/accessit/.

For Industry, States, and Consumers
Information Technology and Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC)
http://www.ittatc.org/.

For the Federal Government
Center
for IT Accommodations (CITA)

http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?contentId=9815
&contentType=GSA_OVERVIEW.

Resources
For further information regarding accessible technology, consult http://www.washington.edu/doit/Resources/technology.html. To order videos in VHS format from DO-IT, consult http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Order/video.order.html. To view video presentations online, consult http://www.washington.edu/doit/Video/. VHS versions may be purchased from DO-IT.

The specific DO-IT videos Access to Computers: In Our Own Words and Access to Technology in the Workplace: In Our Own Words reinforce the basic content of this publication by sharing access challenges and solutions of individuals with disabilities. In the first presentation, you will hear the perspective of high school and college students with disabilities. In the second presentation, you will  hear from employees.

About DO-IT
DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. This publication is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9800324. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

For more information, to be placed on the DO-IT mailing list, or to request materials in alternate format, contact:

DO-IT
University of Washington
Box 355670
Seattle, WA 98195-5670
doit@u.washington.edu
http://www.washington.edu/doit/
206-685-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
888-972-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY), from Washington only, outside Seattle
206-221-4171 --FAX
509-328-9331 --voice/TTY, Spokane office
Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

Copyright 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, University of Washington. Permission is granted to copy and distribute these materials for educational, non-commercial purposes provided the source is acknowledged.


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