GOVTalks Fall 2014: Accessibility
On November 12, 2014, state agency employees gathered for our Accessibility GOVTalks. We heard from other agencies and private organizations to ensure our websites are accessible for everyone, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities.
Georgia's Accessible ICT Initiative
State ADA Coordinator
Programs and services must be usable and accessible for everyone. The World Wide Web's been around for decades now, about as long as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It's past time we eliminate the digital divide between government services and people with disabilities.
Accessible Practices for State Organizations
Department Head, AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center
See how real state organizations have implemented accessible practices, and actually saved money and resources in the process. The University System of Georgia, for example, switched from providing textbooks in braille — costing $30,000-50,000 each — to using digital copies to serve multiple students across the state.
Training, Outreach and Development Coordinator, AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center
Tools for Life Director, AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center
Over 54 million American have a disability, making this the country's largest minority. What does it look like to live with a disability? See real-life examples, personal anecdotes, and impressive assistive technology. “For a person without a disability, technology makes things easier. For a person with a disability, technology makes things possible.”
The Case for ICT Accessibility and Web Accessibility Tips, Tools, and Strategies
Technology Initiatives Strategist, AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center
Learn the history, current laws, and projected outcome of accessible legislation in the United States and Georgia. Several legal documents and cases stress the need for making technology accessible for everyone. Learn how to make sure your digital communications comply with legal requirements.
Tips for Compliance
- Make sure your third party vendors are trained in web accessibility
- Avoid the colors yellow, green, and red
- Avoid using colors alone to convey information
- Use true text and not text images
- Don’t have a font size smaller than 10
- Have descriptive hyperlinks (not “click here” or “read more”)
- Caption videos
- No flashing content
- Provide alternative text for images
Accessibility Compliance Resource
Tools for Making Accessible Documents
Customer Support and E-Text Accessibility Specialist, AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center
Word documents, PowerPoints, and PDFs also need to be accessible. Follow along with Norah's workshop to learn how.