Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 8th, 2013

To help mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, DCP demoed the AMP accessibility testing software (from SSB Bart Group) to UCLA web developers. AMP is now easily available to Staff via single sign-on. We also gave an intro to what accessibility is, and the role programmers can play in improving it.

  • Location: 5628 Math Science (Visualization Portal; UCLA campus)
  • Date: May 9
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 AM

UC Berkeley’s event was broadcast via the Berkeley UStream feed from noon-2PM Thursday (The loop will continue, until replaced by the next event.)

The main event in the Los Angeles area took place in Santa Monica, with headline speaker Molly Holzschlag. Free registration and follow-up info is via the Meetup event page.

Events for the day were truly worldwide, and you can get an overview on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day site.

New Federal Guidance On Electronic Accessibility

May 26th, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights has issued a 15-question FAQ clarifying its stand on accessibility of electronic reading devices and electronic information in general. The document was announced in “Dear Colleague” letters, sent out to both K12 and post-secondary institutions.

This guidance document is an outgrowth of the 2010 Kindle case, in which the National Federation of the Blind sued several universities for providing students with the Kindle e-reader, which was deemed inaccessible to blind students.

The FAQ spells out conditions under which schools can sponsor electronic technology projects and steps they can take to ensure accessibility (either built into the device, or through a “substantively equivalent” process).

The document affirms that such dedicated reading devices, along with online courses and other web-based information fall under Section 504 of the Rehab Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As “programs and services” of the educational institution, these information sources must be made accessible, analogous to the requirements for physical access to the built environment.

Frequently Asked Questions About the June 29, 2010, Dear Colleague Letter

Tips and Tools for Creating Accessible Color Schemes

April 19th, 2011

Jennifer Dillon and Heather Wozniak
Disabilities and Computing Program, UCLA Office of Information Technology
Originally presented to UCLA Campus Web Publishers on April 19, 2011

Presentation Slides in PDF

Choosing accessible colors for your website’s text is important.  The readability of your site affects all users, not just those with vision impairments. It’s a basic usability issue.  The only people for whom the color choices don’t matter are those using screen readers.

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World Statistics Day in DCP Lab

October 19th, 2010

World Statistics Day is Wednesday, October 20.  The ATS Stats Group, along with Data Archives and members of the UCLA library system, will celebrate this event by hosting an open house in the DCP and Stats Consulting Lab from 12 noon until 2 p.m.  During this time, DCP students will not be able to use the lab space, but we can make alternative arrangements for them if they come to the DCP office (MS 4909).

DCP Lab Upgrades

October 1st, 2010

Welcome to fall 2010!  The DCP and Stats Consulting Lab has had some equipment upgrades over the summer.  Come by to check out our faster machines running Windows 7, larger wide screen monitors, new scanner with auto-document feeder, and new laser printer that does duplexing (two-sided printing).  We also have a shiny new Mac mini with large wide screen monitor.  As always, our machines offer a variety of adaptive software, including Kurzweil 3000, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and JAWS.

If you are new to UCLA and would like to take advantage of our services, register with the Office for Students with Disabilities, then contact us at dcp@oit.ucla.edu to setup an appointment.  We offer demo and training sessions for all our software, and general consultation about adaptive devices and technology needs.