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
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 11:00am - 12:00pm (EDT).
This meeting will be broadcast live via Collaborate. Closed captioning provided. Additional information regarding the accessibility features of the Collaborate technology are available from Blackboard Collaborate Assistive Technology.
Topic(s)Technology Opening the Doors to Education for First Nations Students in Australia
Presenter: Sharon Kerr, CEO, Global Access Project (GAP) , Higher Education Consulting Group; and a PhD Candidate through University of Sydney, Australia.
Additional Information: Global Access Project, is working closely with major technology players including IBM and NUANCE in association with major universities in the US, EU and Canada with the Liberated Learning Consortium. Their focus is to provide information and solutions so that students with a disability can access the full learning experience and achieve their full potential. Sharon will present to our group the paper presented at CSUN2015 – which showcased a project that she led throughout Australia with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (First Nations) students. This project was built on the foundations of universal design of curriculum and cultural safety, ensuring that all students were able to access the learning experience. Learning materials were delivered on hand-held devices and used in group and community settings.