Access for all: Screen readers and online access

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Shawn Corcoran, Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Friday, April 12
Carrier Library, Room 301

Screen reading software allows people with vision loss to access electronic information. But what happens if websites, electronic course materials, software, etc. are not accessible to a screen reader? For blind students, staff, and faculty, such materials form an impenetrable roadblock. For higher education institutions, such inaccessibility can result in a lawsuit.

SESSION I – 10 a.m.-noon: Understanding Screen Readers and Access Challenges
Shawn will explain how screen readers work and demonstrate problems with software, web design and course content that can stump a screen reader and make information inaccessible.

SESSION II – 1-3 p.m.: In-depth JAWS Training
Shawn will offer an in-depth training for people wishing to learn to use JAWS, one of the most widely used and sophisticated screen readers. 

(You are not required to attend both sessions.)

AUDIENCE – This training is open to the JMU community but will be particularly useful for Web developers and trainers, course content creators, technology procurement specialists, IT professionals, anyone who creates and organizes materials for on-line distribution and anyone interested in learning JAWS

RSVP:  Please RSVP to Christina Wulf, coordinator of JMU’s Accessible Media and Technology program in the Office of Disability Services. 

Please specify which session(s) you will attend:


Coffee and snacks available at both sessions!

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