Accessible Publishing Newsletter - July 2013
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July 2013

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AHEAD 2013 National Conference Session Highlights
The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) was founded in 1977 as a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education. AHEAD members represent a diverse network of professionals who actively address disability issues on their campuses and in the field of higher education.
AHEAD's annual conference brings together professionals in the fields of higher education and disability for information-sharing, networking and theoretical and practical training. Here are a few conference sessions taking place this week in Baltimore, Maryland.
Designing and Evaluating Web Sites Using Universal Design Principles
This hands-on workshop will review the specifications and implementation to create web pages according to Web Standards and Universal Design features.
Current Students Challenging Professional Perspectives: Nothing About Us Without Us!
Student presenters of diverse backgrounds, educational goals, and abilities, will present their individual perspectives. Moderated by disability scholars and professionals, the roundtable will provide a unique and challenging experience.
Video Accessibility 101
This session will explore techniques and strategies for making video accessible in higher education. Participants will learn about captioning tools and methods, audio description, and accessible media players, with hands-on exercises.
The Office for Civil Rights: Year in Review
The Office for Civil Rights ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence throughout the US through active enforcement of civil rights. This session reviews illustrative cases and decisions over the last year which may help you in formulating policy and practice on your own campus.
Crowdsourcing Accessibility: Strategies and Tools for Engaging the Campus Community
Crowdsourcing is an innovative approach that engages students and the campus community in the process of creating accessible technology. Presenters will describe a service learning project to crowdsource accessibility at an urban community college, and explain tools and practices used to facilitate the project.
Alternate Media and Copyright—A Blockbuster Court Decision: The Authors Guild, Inc. v. Hathi Trust, S.D. N.Y (2012)
DSS Directors and alternate media providers are often unsure of how copyright law applies to their responsibility to provide alternate media to various populations of students—blind students, students with “print disabilities,” students with learning disabilities, etc. It is in this caldron of confusion that, in The Authors Guild, Inc. v. Hathi Trust, S.D. N.Y (2012), the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) and other groups addressed the claim of the Authors Guild that permitting Google to digitize thousands of books contained in the libraries of five major universities was an obvious violation of the Copyright Act.
Student Meets Employer: A Framework for Engaging Employers and Disclosing a Disability
Individuals often find disclosing a disability to an employer is much different and often more difficult than in college. Students with disabilities are cautious and uninformed about disclosure in the workplace. This session will explore factors that promote or discourage disclosure; will share perspectives of both students and employers (private and federal); will provide guidance to those who counsel students about disclosure; and will share methods of engagement of employers in the disability resources on your campus.
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