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Online Accessibility Resources Roundup
October 9, 2011 - 8:45pm

The Student Affairs Women Talk Tech blog recently featured a post on accessibility resources. Written by a friend of mine, Kathryn Magura, the post includes a link to an ADA resource page, information about the seven principles of universal design, and a link to MIT's resource guide on web accessibility.

Always inspired by Kathryn's accessibility advocacy, I decided to share some accessibility resources that I've come across while surfing the web:

Purdue University has a fantastic web accessibility resource webpage. Resources on the page include: Policy Information, Accessibility Evaluation Tools, Color Checkers, Document/Video Accessibility, HTML5 Accessibility, and Microsoft Accessibility. (Thanks Jordan Toy for sharing this site.)

Video captioning continues to be an issue for content creators. SpeakerText hopes to solve that by providing "fast, affordable transcription." It isn't really that inexpensive, but a 72-hour turnaround time is pretty good. They even have a WordPress plugin.

While it isn't perfect, the Fangs Screen Reader Emulator Firefox add-on can be a good start for developers who want to hear how their webpages render.

Karine Joly's article, "Web Accessibility: Required, Not Optional," is a must-read. Joly writes that there will be at least 11 sessions at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference that focus on web accessibility and that "the time is now for web accessibility in higher education."

Oregon State University's new policy on IT Accessibility "establishes minimum standards of accessibility for particular [OSU] websites and web-based content that will take effect February 22, 2012." The accessibility website at OSU is a comprehensive resource for anyone who is interested in learning more about accessibility.

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