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Web Accessibility Group Leader to Speak at the 29th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN 2014)

Janet Sylvia, Web Accessibility Group (WAG) Leader and Co-founder, presented Accessibility Considerations for Online Courses at the 2014 CSUN conference in San Diego, CA.  This presentation discussed the standards, guidelines and best practices for academic and professional development online courses.  Topics covered include: institutional policies, challenges, retrofitting, training and resources.

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CSUN Presentation Slides:
* Accessibility Considerations for Online Learning (PDF, tagged)
* Accessibility Considerations for Online Learning (PDF, print only)

Resource Links from CSUN Presentation

Accessibility & Online Learning

Definition of Accessibility (PDF), from Resolution Agreement U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.

Review of recent legal issues in higher education and web accessibility, Dr. Cyndi Rowland, The National Center on Disabilities and Access to Education (NCDAE).

E-learning Accessibility, W3C Research and Development Working Group, Wiki.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

Administrative Challenges and Solutions

GOALS Project, Gaining Online Accessible Learning through Self-Study, NCDAE, Benchmarks and Indicators, links to Web Accessibility Policies and Implementation Plan.

8-Step Implementation Model, WebAIM, from Introduction to Web Accessibility.

Implementing Web Accessibility

10 Tips for Creating Accessible Course Content (PDF, tagged), Janet Sylvia (Please contact Janet Sylvia if you need this document in an alternative format.)

Colour Contrast Analyser, from the Paciello Group

Creating Accessible YouTube Content (PDF, tagged), Janet Sylvia, Please contact Janet Sylvia if you need this document in an alternative format.)

Conducting Accessible Webinars (PDF, tagged), Janet Sylvia (Please contact Janet Sylvia if you need this document in an alternative format.)

2011 Distance Education Accessibility Guidelines for Students with Disabilities (PDF), California Community Colleges

Accessible Technology Resources for Teaching and Learning, from The California State University System

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

WebAIM's WCAG 2.0 Checklist, a simple checklist that presents WebAIM's recommendations for implementing WCAG 2.0 conformance

Checklists for Section 508 Compliance, links on USG Accessibility Tutorial from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

About Us

The Web Accessibility Group (WAG) at UGA began 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 content. We also seek to inform others throughout the University System of Georgia about relevant training seminars on web accessibility and provide information about the forthcoming Section 508 Refresh (an update of the existing Section 508 standards originally published in 1998). Our group is open to individuals at institutions throughout the University System of Georgia.


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. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has determined that institutions under the Board of Regents fall within the scope of Section 508. Web designers and web content providers must ensure 508-compliance of their content prior to making it available via the worldwide web.


Please visit our Resources page for assistance in complying with Section 508. All are welcome to join the WAG listserv to post questions and learn about upcoming training opportunities on Section 508 compliance.

WAG Listserv

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, Bainbridge State College, Berry College, 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-Berkeley, University of California-San Francisco, University of Georgia, University of North Georgia, University of West Georgia, Valdosta State University and the University System of Georgia.'

Monthly Meetings

The UGA Web Accessibility Group (WAG) meets the first Wednesday of every month in Athens.

Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 10:00-11:30am in the Lobby Conference Room of the Disability Resource Center located in Clark Howell Hall (UGA Athens Campus).


Preparation for Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2014


Clark Howell Hall is located on central campus near the Tate Student Center and across from Legion Pool. The street address is 825 S. Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA. Parking is available in the Tate Student Center Parking Deck (pay lot) or behind Clark Howell Hall if you have a UGA DP pass.

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