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Program: Articulate Storyline
While developing a disability course, I created an interaction to demonstrate the option to include an accessible version to accompany the less accessible Storyline interaction. This method is helpful if the original file is unavailable or the instructor does not have access to the software, as it can be cost-prohibitive.
Program: Zoom, PowerPoint
President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990. Accordingly, those who advocated for its adoption chose to forgo the creation of an official federal agency to monitor or enforce it as is done by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to the legislators, instead of relying on government agencies, handicapped persons should rely on the courts to enact ADA laws.
Program: Radio Interview: WPFW 89.3 (Dr. E. Faye Willams Show)
WPFW invited me on her morning show for an interview with Dr. Williams regarding Digital Health and Accessibility. We discussed my role and contributions to the current and future state of Digital Accessibility, Gamification, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality.
Program: PowerPoint, Camtasia
This training centers on Disability, Accessibility, and Accommodations, and its heuristics, theoretical framework, and pragmatism. I explained how inclusion requires creating true accessibility through Universal Design, Equitable Instruction, and Inclusive Pedagogy.
Program: Jaws and Microsoft Teams
I conducted a quick review, sharing standards and guidelines on a few accessibility features via the Blackboard LMS for the University staff and faculty. This review was recorded and used as part of the general onboarding process for newly hired staff with duties involving course creation on Blackboard.
Welcome to our Digital Accessibility Group
This video is to welcome new members to a Google Rooms Accessibility "Ask Me Anything" Channel, where I moderated the group and provided regular accessibility resources and assistance.
Content Accessibility Meet/Greet
With a different approach to introducing accessibility to teams, I was invited to a team meet and greet so they could learn more about me and my day-to-day responsibilities in ensuring digital equity within the corporate, education, and training community.
Sponsored by 2U, Inc., this podcast was hosted by Michael Leaderer. I was interviewed regarding the current and future state of accessibility and assistive technology affairs.
WCAG 2.1 Training Session Part 1
Program: PowerPoint, Zoom, and Camtasia
I developed the materials and delivered WCAG Guidelines, Section 508 - Accessibility Standards training for a Government Client. The training duration was one month and a total of 8 half-day sessions. I also conducted this training for staff and contractors via virtual instructor-led.
WCAG 2.1 Training Session Part 2
Program: PowerPoint, Zoom, and Camtasia
This video is Part 2 of the below video. Interestingly, not all attendees were present for Part 1, as the groups were divided based on experience level and professional duties.
Program: Word, Google Drive
The Playbook contains information and equips Course Services stakeholders with the resources required to effectively prioritize and implement accessibility features, aiming to narrow accessibility risks and gaps. Moreover, the Playbook outlines digital content to address potential disabled users' goals, needs, preferences, and expectations based on WCAG 2.1 Level AA. This playbook also highlights each of the significant WCAG criteria applicable per department.
Alternative Text Review Session
Program: PowerPoint, GIMP
I created this process alternative text flow chart as a part of a series of training sessions. One of the primary conditions that testers encounter concerning digital images is incorrect alt-text. The alt-text dilemma is causing significant concerns for those using screen reading, as these individuals are typically blind and partially sighted; this poses compliance, legal, and usability challenges.
LMS Peer-Review Feature Accessibility Test
Program: Camtasia and Screencast.com
I conducted this test in response to Canvas LMS screen reader learners, specifically to demonstrate how they use headers to navigate tables and were unable to access the peer review alert or peer-review rubric feature.
NVDA and JAWS Tables Review
As a W3C board member, our research indicated that nearly 47% of all screen reader users are using JAWS; this is why we ask LMS vendors to make certain that JAWS compatibility is a priority. Considering this, JAWS users typically navigate tables using rows (R), then CTRL+TAB. In this video, I created a demonstration of the difference.
I created this presentation as an intro to the Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility course as an instructional tool. With a combination of Camtasia and open-sourced images, I completed this video with no additional financial resources. The feedback on the video was highly positive from the course participants, and I managed to create this in very little time.
Resources: Section 508/504, WCAG Standards, Quality Matters Standards, Universal Design for Learning Guidelines
In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, requiring federal agencies to ensure all digital and electronic information is accessible to all individuals. The mandate (29 U.S.C § 794 (d)) relates to all Federal
agencies when developing, procuring, maintaining, or using electronic technology. Under Section 508, Federal agencies are required to make certain all employees and the general public (including those who are differently-abled) have equal access to government information. I conducted this report to outline a process and plan regarding the methods to convert existing digital courses into a format that is accessible.
Initially designed for a face-to-face ADA workshop, this webinar was a hit at the Maryland Distance Learning Association Annual Conference. I converted the content into a recorded session for attendees to use for reference material.
University Email Signature Accessibility
The Institutional Accommodations office contacted me in the Center for Teaching and Learning as they were unsure of the accessibility of the newly implemented enterprise email signature. Using JAWS and recording my actions with Camtasia, I responded to include a recommended remediation with this report.
NVDA Accessibility Test
This test was performed on a Canvas HTML-coded tabs insert using mainly the keystrokes, NVDA screen reader software, and the Firefox browser. I completed this test to ensure the code was accessible. As it was only partially accessible, I offered a workaround and recommendation.
Program: (Unnamed) Vendor Platform and Camtasia
As the ADA requires all content, without regard to vendor procured or internal policies, to comply equally for organizations, I examined vendor content to ensure compliance. This review resulted in revising the organization's language of vendor contracts and processes to address remediation.
Keywords: instructional designer, online learning, healthcare education, virtual course design, adjunct professor, dissertation, doctoral, Accessibility, accessibility training, a11y, a11y training
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