Bringing DHSI to UB-SIM
I attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI)in June 2017 and completed the Accessibility and Digital Environments course, led by the wonderful Erin Templeton and George Williams. Today, I’ll be sharing a little of what I learned with the faculty of the University at Buffalo program in Singapore during an informal brown bag lunch session.
For faculty who are not able to attend – and for general visitors to the blog – I’ve included slides and an outline with links are below. Questions are always welcome in the comments or via email (hb24 at buffalo.edu) or Twitter (@heatherlynnsg).
To view and download a PDF copy of the slides: Accessibility & Digital Environment Slides
Outline & Relevant Links
- What is accessibility?
- Why is it worth planning ahead for accessibility?
- What are some practical steps toward creating accessibility?
- What are the challenges to creating accessible environments?
Accessibility vs. Accommodation
Brainstorming session among the faculty. What do you think of when you hear “accessibility”? How about “accommodation”?
Models of Disability
The Medical Model vs. The Social Model of Disability
- Shakespeare, Tom. “The Social Model of Disability.”
- How do accommodation and accessibility align with each?
Why plan ahead for accessibility?
Practical & Humanistic Reasons to Plan Ahead
- On the practical side, I’ll share an example of what retrofitting might require from my class
- On the humanistic side, we’ll chat about compassion for students and why accessibility is beneficial to everyone.
UB’s Course Management Systems
Designing Syllabus Documents
- Nested headings
- Descriptive links
- Alt text
- Resources for designing for Screen Readers
- Resources for designing for Cognitive Disabilities
Websites and Media for Teachers and Students
- Test website accessibility with HTML Codesniffer and Fangs Screen Reader Emulator
- Provide transcripts and subtitles for videos, podcasts, etc.
- Design POUR Websites (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust)
- Choose accessibility-ready themes for blogs & websites
- Examples of themes from WordPress
- My personal blog is running an accessibility-ready theme
Overarching Practical Application
Involve students (especially students with disabilities) from the very beginning.
Some perspective on accessible designs
Deaf Space: What would spaces built for Deaf people look like? How do hearing-oriented spaces exclude Deaf people?
Frozen Descriptive Trailer: A fun example of visual content represented in descriptive ways that are accessible to people who are Blind or low vision.