Accessibility and inclusion: WP Campus 2021 session recordings available

Web accessibility has always been a requirement for UMaine websites, and has been a regular feature in our monthly newsletter. Ensuring your content is accessible is part of an inclusive communication strategy.

This month, we feature accessibility events from the 2021 WP Campus conference.

Get real: authentically reinforcing diversity, equity and inclusion through your digital marketing

When your institution commits to cultivating an inclusive, diverse community, your communications are both a critical window into your community and a tool to advance your DEI goals. Presenting authentic diversity and priorities around inclusion on the website may yield affinity and engagement among key audiences while demonstrating commitment to equity. Learn more and watch “Get real…” online.

Interacting and engaging with students using accessible apps from EmTechWIKI

This session introduces participants to a checklist to evaluate the accessibility and privacy/security of emerging technologies. This checklist complements the EmTechWIKI crowdsourced collection of emerging technology tools, tutorials, and resources. The WIKI is a component of the SUNY Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success (#EmTechMOOC). Learn more and watch “…using accessible apps” online.

Inclusive design: thinking beyond accessibility

This session details the importance of having an inclusive mindset in the creation of our digital projects. It explains how Inclusive Design allows for producing positive experiences for a wider audience. Attendees will learn four simple guidelines that they can follow to apply Inclusive Design principles across all project phases including: ux, development and content creation. Attendees will leave with the tools they need to reach a bigger user base while also building towards an accessible and inclusive digital world. Learn more and watch “Inclusive design…” online.

What does accessibility mean for multimedia?

This session will cover WCAG accessibility requirements for different types of multimedia; captioning/transcript do’s and don’ts; audio descriptions vs extended audio descriptions; sign language interpretation for live events; tips and tricks on how to make your video or live-stream more inclusive. Learn more and watch “accessibility… for multimedia” online.

How to incorporate human audits into your accessibility workflow and why it matters

Join visually impaired, fully dependent screen reader user, Eric Yarberry, Digital Media Program Manager, Amy Cole, as they share best practices for accessibility audits. Attendees will learn how to utilize their campus community to incorporate live audits using local people who regularly depend on assistive technology or have special (physical or cognitive) needs. Learn more and watch “incorporate human audits into your accessibility workflow” online.

The new mobile site and native app accessibility testing guidelines

Accessibility is important to all – not everyone using your mobile app, device or wearable will be fully functioning: either because they have a disability or they are simply engaged elsewhere. Gian Wild talks about the things that are essential to avoid when designing mobile apps, devices, and wearables to ensure that everyone can use them. She talks about specific mobile accessibility features: pinch zoom, native screen readers, haptic keyboard, etc, and system accessibility settings: font size, screen rotation, high contrast, etc. Learn more and watch “…app accessibility testing guidelines” online.