Module 7: Title III-Accessible Technology

 

Introduction

For many people with disabilities, assistive technology provides access to the world of work. It allows them to easily interface with information technology on the job. Assistive technology also facilitates tasks that may have been difficult or impossible for a person with a disability to perform in its absence. For example, people who have learning disabilities in reading, find screen reading technology an indispensable tool to keep up with the reading associated with a job. This nine module training provides a basic overview of the types of assistive technology currently in use by individuals with disabilities to gain access or to improve productivity with computing technology. It will also review the considerations when implementing assistive technology in the business world.

The modules in this topic area focus on accessible web design and assistive technology. They review the importance of accessible technology, how to assess for technology needs, and web access for people with disabilities. There are also case studies to give participants a chance to apply what they have learned. These can be used with any audience interested in accessible technology under any Title of the ADA.

 

7a: Accessible Technology and Our Changing Workforce

Goal: In this module, we will review the statistics around how accessible technology can impact the workforce. Our goal is to identify workforce trends that will lead to an increased demand in accessible technology in the coming years.

Time: About 20 minutes

Format PowerPoint Presentation

Potential Audience: Employers/Business People, Human Resources Staff, and Higher Education

Administration

 

 7b: Technology as a Reasonable Accommodation

Goal: In this module, we will review the factors that are important to consider when making reasonable accommodations that include technology.

Time: About 20 minutes

Format: PowerPoint Presentation

Potential Audience: Employers/Business People, Human Resources Staff, Managers and Supervisors, and Higher Education Administration

 

7c: Assessing Assistive Technology Needs: Understanding the AT Evaluation Process

Goal: In this module, we will explore the assistive technology evaluation process. This will include a review of what form an assistive technology request might come in and how you should respond to that request. It will also review the 5 step process of the technology evaluation process.

Time: About 25-30 minutes

Format: PowerPoint Presentation and Group Activity

Potential Audience: Employers/Business People, Human Resources Staff, Managers and Supervisors, and Higher Education Administration

 

7d: Assistive Technology (AT) for Computer and Print Access: Linking AT to Types of Disability

Goal: Participants will be introduced to some basic assistive technology software and devices used for improving access to computers and print materials. They will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned using some basic scenarios presented after each disability type.

Time: 25-30 minutes 

Format: PowerPoint Presentation and Group Activity

Potential Audience: Employers/Business People, Human Resources Staff, Managers and Supervisors, and Higher Education Administration

 

7e: The Web Experience for People with Disabilities

Goal: In this module we will identify the barriers that inaccessible web sites can present to people with disabilities and review some technology and design features that can be used to overcome these barriers.

Time: About 20 minutes

Format: PowerPoint Delivery and Video Clip

Potential Audience: Employers/Business People, Web IT Professionals, Managers and Supervisors, and Higher Education Administration 

 

 7f: Designing your Website for Usability and Accessibility

Goal: In this module we will identify the importance of web accessibility to people with disabilities. We will talk about the overarching principles of web accessibility and provide a tool for participants to check their website.

Time: About 20 minutes

Format: PowerPoint Presentation and Activity

Potential Audience: Employers/Business People, Web IT Professionals, Managers and Supervisors, and Higher Education Administration

 

7g: Web Accessibility: Who Benefits? The Business Case for Web Accessibility

Goal: In this module we will review how an accessible website can benefit your business or organization 

Time: About 20 minutes 

Format: PowerPoint Presentation

Potential Audience: Employers/Business People, Web IT Professionals, Managers and Supervisors, and Higher Education Administration

 

7h: The Law and Web Accessibility: Standards and Guidelines

Goal: In this module we will review the standards and guidelines that exist to inform accessibility policies

Time: About 20 minutes

Format: PowerPoint Presentation

Potential Audience: Employers/Business People, Web and IT Professionals, Managers and Supervisors, and Higher Education Administration

 

7i: Web Accessibility: Case Law Examples

Goal: In this module we will seek precedent on web accessibly from case law.

Time: About 20 minutes

Format: PowerPoint Presentation

Potential Audience: Employers/Business People, Web and IT Professionals, Managers and Supervisors and Higher Education Administration

 

Information Provided by:

Southeast ADA Center

1419 Mayson St.

Atlanta, GA 30324

Burton Blatt Institute

Syracuse University