Information Technology Accessibility and Training of the Blind/VI Student <ul><ul><li>Arnold Bailey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Blind/VI in the Workplace <ul><li>“ Seven of ten of the blind and visually impaired persons are not employed&quot;.  </li>...
“ Competitive” IT Workplace Skills <ul><li>Internet communications tools (i.e., Email, Mailing Lists, Conferencing). </li>...
IT is Important in K-12 Education <ul><li>Access to information  </li></ul><ul><li>Work sharing  </li></ul><ul><li>Communi...
“ It is unlikely that electronic resources in educational institutions, libraries, and other organizations will be accessi...
District Accessibility Policy An accessibility policy/guideline document states that the district will conform to Section ...
District Self Assessment Checklist <ul><li>A systematic process that compares accessibility practices versus goals.   </li...
Sample Checklist Question 1. Computer labs and technology‐equipped classrooms are physically accessible to wheelchair user...
Sample Checklist Categories <ul><li>Physical Access (1-3) </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Hardware and Software (4-7) </li></ul...
Distance Learning/Conferencing <ul><li>Distance and instructor availability is a major concern because of distance and sch...
“Introduction to IT” Training Create an Introduction to Information Technology program for Exceptional Students outlined i...
“Accessible Web Design” Training <ul><li>“ Accessible Web Design” as part of the Introduction to Web Design curriculum.  <...
The Time is Now! <ul><li>Educational entities are implementing information technology (IT) practices and procedures. </li>...
Questions of the School District <ul><li>Is there a plan or program to ensure  that blind/vi students are trained to be co...
Accessibility Action Plan <ul><li>Have an accessibility policy/guideline document and checklist against Section 504 of the...
Accessibility Action Plan <ul><li>Create an Introduction to Information Technology program for the blind/vi students  </li...
References <ul><li>AccessIT.com  http://www.washington.edu/accessit/   </li></ul><ul><li>DO-IT Publications: Information T...
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Information Technology Accessibility and Training of the Blind/VI Student

  1. 1. Information Technology Accessibility and Training of the Blind/VI Student <ul><ul><li>Arnold Bailey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>arnoldbail@blind411.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.blind411.org/ITinit/ </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Blind/VI in the Workplace <ul><li>“ Seven of ten of the blind and visually impaired persons are not employed&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>Blind and visually impaired students need to be competitive for job and career opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Thirty years ago 70% of the jobs were manufacturing and 30% were Information and Services. Today, it is the reverse. </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ Competitive” IT Workplace Skills <ul><li>Internet communications tools (i.e., Email, Mailing Lists, Conferencing). </li></ul><ul><li>Internet research using search engines and online information retrieval </li></ul><ul><li>Word processors and spreadsheets and keyboard typing training. </li></ul><ul><li>Work collaboration experience </li></ul><ul><li>Use of the latest assistive technology </li></ul>
  4. 4. IT is Important in K-12 Education <ul><li>Access to information </li></ul><ul><li>Work sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating with peers, teachers, and mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Take advantage of distance learning options </li></ul>
  5. 5. “ It is unlikely that electronic resources in educational institutions, libraries, and other organizations will be accessible to students and employees with disabilities without the establishment of specific policies and/or procedures.”
  6. 6. District Accessibility Policy An accessibility policy/guideline document states that the district will conform to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 508 Access Standards.
  7. 7. District Self Assessment Checklist <ul><li>A systematic process that compares accessibility practices versus goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Performed yearly, throughout the district and rolled up to the district level. </li></ul><ul><li>Action plans are developed address improvement. </li></ul><ul><li>A set of questions that </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sample Checklist Question 1. Computer labs and technology‐equipped classrooms are physically accessible to wheelchair users. 0-N/A 1-Not started 2-Started 3-Half complete 4-Mostly complete 5-Complete Comments
  9. 9. Sample Checklist Categories <ul><li>Physical Access (1-3) </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Hardware and Software (4-7) </li></ul><ul><li>Websites(8-9) </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia (10-15) </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommunications Products (16-18) </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Contained, Closed Products (19-21) </li></ul><ul><li>Information Resources (22-24) </li></ul><ul><li>Policies and Procedures (25-31) </li></ul><ul><li>Support and Training (32-33) </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive Technology and Individual Accommodations (34-38) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Distance Learning/Conferencing <ul><li>Distance and instructor availability is a major concern because of distance and scheduling considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Course availability is limited because of increases the cost of the course. </li></ul><ul><li>Exceptional students are most susceptible to these issues because typically they are few and widely dispersed. </li></ul>
  11. 11. “Introduction to IT” Training Create an Introduction to Information Technology program for Exceptional Students outlined in the slide “ “Competitive” IT Workplace Skills ”
  12. 12. “Accessible Web Design” Training <ul><li>“ Accessible Web Design” as part of the Introduction to Web Design curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility as an integral part of web design </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible design is becoming a key skill requirement of employers. </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Time is Now! <ul><li>Educational entities are implementing information technology (IT) practices and procedures. </li></ul><ul><li>Continued compliance is required. </li></ul><ul><li>Distance Learning is widely being planned. </li></ul><ul><li>The IT tools are available to enable students to be competitive for college or the workplace. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Questions of the School District <ul><li>Is there a plan or program to ensure that blind/vi students are trained to be competitive in the use of today's Information Technology? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a plan or procedure that ensures that all information technology tools used by the student are accessible? </li></ul><ul><li>Is accessibility training part of the districts Web Development courses? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Accessibility Action Plan <ul><li>Have an accessibility policy/guideline document and checklist against Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 508 Access Standards. </li></ul><ul><li>Include accessible web design and website maintenance in the Introduction to Web Development curriculum. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Accessibility Action Plan <ul><li>Create an Introduction to Information Technology program for the blind/vi students </li></ul><ul><li>As part of the policy, address the assurance that blind/vi students have equivalent availability of hardware and software. </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate the use of “conferencing”/Distance Learning for group instruction of blind/vi students via the Internet/internal network. </li></ul>
  17. 17. References <ul><li>AccessIT.com http://www.washington.edu/accessit/ </li></ul><ul><li>DO-IT Publications: Information Technology http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Technology/ </li></ul>
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