Web Accessibility event was a success!

Web Accessibility Coordinator Pam Riesmeyer (middle)
Web Accessibility Coordinator Pam Riesmeyer (middle)

Our first Accessibility Day on March 21, 2012 was a success! Several dozen people took advantage of the opportunity to experience a web site in a brand new way via simulated disabilities.

The simulations included two demonstrations for those with visual impairments, one that simulated dyslexia and a one that demonstrated the problems that someone who is easily distracted might have with a typical web site.

Rob Peterson, web communications coordinator (right)
Rob Peterson, web communications coordinator (right) helps a student with a “simulated disability” experience web accessibility.

Participants could also watch one of several videos showing the use of Assistive Technology such as screen readers and a device that allows a man with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to navigate his computer using only the movement of his eyes.

We’re happy with the turnout as well as the response to our Accessibility Awareness weekly workshops. These workshops are offered each week in SUL 262 along with our revamped WordPress training.

For more information on Web Accessibility or to view the demonstrations and videos from the event please visit our Web Accessibility site .