UMaine recognizes World Usability Day, WABI reports

WABI (Channel 5) covered “Equity, Access and Inclusion: A World Usability Day Event” hosted by the University of Maine. World Usability Day brings together communities of professional, industrial, educational, citizen and government groups to promote the values of usability, accessibility and universal design to ensure that services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use. The UMaine conference was designed to provide the opportunity for the campus and surrounding community to come together to help promote the core values of equity, access and inclusion. The conference included several presentations and workshops surrounding topics such as creating a culture of access and designing accessible classes, WABI reported. Keynote speaker Kelly Nye-Lengerman spoke about making employment and post-secondary education the new norm for individuals with disabilities, the report states. “We believe that if we tap into the potential that individuals have, we can increase the number of people who go to college and succeed in college. We can reduce unemployment. We can increase opportunity and equity for people with disabilities in Maine,” said Sara Henry, director of Student Accessibility Services at UMaine.