UGA Web Accessibility Group
The Web Accessibility Group (WAG) is currently transitioning to AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center. AMAC support allows for expansion of this important work, which began at the University of Georgia (UGA) in May 2011. Our goal is to share and discuss strategies, techniques and resources for meeting Section 508 compliance as it pertains to websites and web-based content. WAG also endorses conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and provides accessibility training on both Section 508 and WCAG 2.0
WAG also seeks to inform members of relevant training seminars on web accessibility and to provide information about the upcoming Section 508 Refresh, an update of the existing Section 508 Standards published in 1998. This is accomplished through monthly (online) meetings, listserv discussions, seminars, workshops, and special events held in conjunction with Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).
Our group is open to individuals who seek to understand and implement web accessibility. This includes, but is not limited to, institutes of higher education, technical colleges, and private industry.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 requires that web-based information and data be equally accessible to individuals with and without disabilities. While it was written for the U.S. federal government, many state and local agencies also require compliance with Section 508. For example, in Georgia the Board of Regents (BoR) of the University System of Georgia (USG) has determined that all institutions under the BoR fall within the scope of 508. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education guidelines for U.S. states and territories also requires Section 508 compliance for programs and services established through funding under the Assistive Technology Act. With this in mind, individuals involved the design, development and delivery of web-based content must ensure 508-compliance prior to making the content available via the worldwide web.
Please visit our Resources page for assistance in complying with Section 508 and understanding conformance with WCAG 2.0. All are welcome to join the WAG listserv to post questions and learn about upcoming training opportunities on Section 508 compliance and WCAG 2.0
Everyone is invited to join the WAG listserv.
Listserv archives are available for those who join. Past discussion topics include: YouTube Video Compliance, Section 508 Refresh, FCC Internet Captioning Rules (TV over IP), NFB and Penn State Resolve Accessibility Complaints, Accessible PDFs, free online webinar announcements, accessibility tips and more!
Membership includes personnel from the University System of Georgia and beyond, including: Armstrong Atlantic State University, Athens Technical College, Bainbridge State College, Berry College, California State University, Clayton State University, College of Coastal Georgia, Columbus State University, Darton State College, East Georgia State College, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Regents University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Gordon State College, Kennesaw State University, New Jersey, South Georgia College, University of Alabama, University of California, University of Alabama, University of California, University of Georgia, University of North Georgia, University of West Georgia, Valdosta State University and the University System of Georgia.'
The Web Accessibility Group (WAG) meets the first Wednesday of every month (online via Collaborate web conferencing solution). Please join the WAG listserv to receive the login link.
Our Next Meeting
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 11:00am - 12:00pm (noon) (EDT, U.S.A.)
The Changing Legal Landscape for Video Accessibility in Higher Education
Art Morgan, VP Partner Development, Automatic Sync Technologies
Kevin Erler, Ph.D., Co-founder, Automatic Sync Technologies
With video becoming a key component in educators' tool kits, it is essential that schools not only understand, but employ video accessibility best practices. While the Department of Justice has long been actively enforcing accessibility regulations, recent class action suits against prominent universities have brought renewed attention to the importance of closed captioning, both in terms of the scope and the quality of captioning. In this webinar, we will describe relevant accessibility compliance issues and recent enforcement changes that schools should be aware of. We will also discuss the implications of these changes for educational institutions and provide guidance on best practices to address these implications.
Art Morgan is a member of Automatic Sync Technologies’ executive management team. Art has over 25 years of experience working with enterprise, education, nonprofit, and government customers and partners on software development and integration projects. His primary areas of expertise are voice, mobile, and video platforms and tools.
Kevin Erler is the president of Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) and one of the company's founders. Kevin holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and brings almost 25 years of experience in speech technology to AST. His experience spans fundamental research and development in speech processing to product development and delivery. In 2003, AST obtained funding from the US Department of Education to develop and launch AST's captioning service. AST now provides captioning services to hundreds of colleges and universities across the US, and Kevin draws on his accumulated experience in the captioning field to speak frequently on many topics related to captioning.