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Accessibility in Procurement

Class Details

This is the last of the four part webinar series: Universal Design for Learning: Accessibility at the Library. Attend one or all the sessions. Missed one? Each session is recorded for viewing at your convenience.

Higher education institutions face legal and ethical obligations to ensure their information technology (IT) is accessibility to students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities. As institutions rely increasingly on IT products and services procured from third parties, it is critical that accessibility be addressed during the procurement process. This session will provide an overview of the legal and compliance requirements for higher education institutions, as well as practical approaches, methods, and tools used to evaluate accessibility of IT during the procurement and contracting process.

Course Objectives:
•Participants will get an overview of higher education institutions’ responsibilities to provide accessible technology and will leave with a better understanding of how technology accessibility is defined in standards, policies, and laws.
•Participants will learn three major stages of the procurement process in which accessibility should be addressed.
•Participants will learn about accessibility-related resources that are available in the higher education community as well as opportunities for collaboration and partnership with peer institutions.

Presenter: Terrill Thompson is a technology accessibility specialist with the University of Washington. In this role, he works to promote information technology accessibility by giving trainings, developing resources, providing consultation and support, and conducting research. He does this for the University of Washington (UW) community as part of UW-IT Accessible Technology Services and does it for the rest of the world through The DO-IT Center (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, & Technology). Terrill has over twenty years' experience in the IT accessibility field and has presented at numerous conferences and consulted widely with organizations in education, government, and private industry on IT accessibility issues.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
10:00am - 11:00am
Region/Office: National
Aug 1, 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM PT
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator

More and more libraries and educational institutions provide online content whether databases, archival collections, videos, and documents. But how much of this information is accessible by those who are blind, have low vision, or are hard of hearing? Libraries and other institutions are legally required to provide accessible content. This webinar series will provide some basic steps librarians can take to make their content accessible to all. 

This webinar series will comprise of 4 separate sessions addressing specific accessibility topics. Attend one or all of the sessions to increase your library's online digital access. Each session is eligible for 1 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE.

  • July 11 session: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Promote Framework Principles Adoption, Student Engagement and Active Learning
  • July 18 session: Promoting Accessible Document Creation
  • July 25 session: Building Accessible Websites
  • August 1 session: Accessibility in Procurement

Registration is encouraged but not required.

  • Attendees will recognize the need for accessible online content and the benefits of universal design.
  • Attendees will be able to apply tips for creating accessible documents.
  • Attendees will be able to practice a basic step towards website accessibility.
  • Attendees will discover resources and tools to develop accessible online information.

How to Connect:

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For assistance, you can contact NNLM PNR at nnlm@uw.edu