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Mandatory web accessibility training is online

The online web accessibility training is available for all web publishers at Washington State University. The yearly training is designed to help increase awareness and knowledge around web accessibility. The training is mandatory in accordance with Executive Policy 7 and the Business Policies and Procedures Manual 85.55.

Training details

Training link: go.wsu.edu/web-accessibility

Who needs to take the training: All web developers, content publishers, editors, domain owners, or anyone who has any other role in updating WSU web content.

Training must be completed yearly.

Web support and community

The WSU web community offers services to help you make your websites accessible. In addition to online training, you can take advantage of monthly workshops, online resources, and in-person support.

Web communication site

The web communication site provides accessibility resources for content creators, as well as scheduling and registration information for training sessions and workshops.

Web accessibility workshops

Strong working knowledge of accessibility issues and requirements is essential for web communicators. These free workshops keep your knowledge up to date.

Web open lab

Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
ITB 2025, Pullman campus

Drop in to exchange ideas and get answers to your questions. Web Communications staff lead these weekly sessions. All are welcome to attend.

Online communication platform

Connect with more than 150 members of the WSU web community on the Slack web communication channel. Join conversations, ask questions, and share solutions to accessibility challenges.

Web accessibility update

Washington State University websites must be accessible to everyone who attends, works at, and enjoys the University.

New policy and procedures govern web accessibility

WSU recently updated its web accessibility policy, Executive Policy #7 (EP7), and added web accessibility procedures. The new policy and procedures strengthen the University’s ability to make its websites accessible to a diverse community. They set standards for WSU electronic and information technology (EIT) that are consistent with state and federal accessibility guidelines, regulations, and laws.

WSU employees must uphold accessibility standards

It is your responsibility to ensure that content that you create or update for WSU is accessible and complies with the revised policy and guidelines.

Required training

Starting in January 2018, WSU will offer web accessibility training online. Registration information will be announced after the first of the year.

Training is mandatory

If you are a web developer, content publisher, editor, domain owner, or have any other role in updating WSU web content, the University requires you to participate in training annually. You must complete training before publishing WSU web content.

Please share this information

If you are not directly involved in your department’s web content development, please forward this message to the appropriate staff.

Support services

The WSU Web Communications staff offers services to help you make your websites accessible. In addition to online training, you can take advantage of monthly workshops, online resources, and in-person support.

Monthly workshops

Strong working knowledge of accessibility issues and requirements is essential for web communicators. These free monthly workshops keep your knowledge up to date.

JANUARY 2018 WORKSHOP

Writing for the web and making content accessible

Thursday, Jan. 4,
3:00–4:00 p.m.

Spark Academic Innovation Hub 212 (Pullman)

Live-streamed online (all campuses) This workshop introduces best practices for writing accessible web content. Whether you are a full-time web writer or you occasionally update content on your department’s website, you will learn how to create content that is accessible, organized, and succinct.

Register now

WSU web accessibility website

Bookmark this site! The web accessibility site provides resources for content creators, as well as scheduling and registration information for training sessions and workshops.

Web open lab

Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
ITB 2025, Pullman campus

Drop in to exchange ideas and get answers to your questions. Web Communications staff lead these weekly sessions. All are welcome to attend.

Online communication platform

Connect with more than 150 members of the WSU web community on the Slack communication channel. Join conversations, ask questions, and share solutions to accessibility challenges.

Web/Video accessibility slides

Presentation Slides

Round Robin presentation – Web, Video, Online Course Content

We will come back and have a more formal writeup about the presentation soon, but didn’t want to wait to post the presentation and video notes.

Video notes:

In Marketing our goal is to deliver a message to an audience

We spend hours crafting that message—but what if our audience cannot receive the message we are sending, or can’t understand it in the form we’ve sent it?

This can happen when our viewer has a disability…

VISUAL IMPAIRMENT

6% of the U.S. population is considered visually impaired=21,000,000 people

Everything from blurred vision to color blindness to full blindness

Mandated by FCC in 2010—a portion of all programming must be accessible programming.

All PBS programming must be accessible to people with both visual and audio disabilities

AUDIO DESCRIPTION

Hunger Games with audio description:

Audio descriptive services can run between 40.00-60.00 a finished minute to produce

SIGN LANGUAGE

http://www.btistudios.com/british-sign-language.html

20.00-50.00/hr for an ASL provider, plus recording and editing costs.

HEARING IMPAIRMENT

13% of the U.S. population is considered hearing impaired=30,000,000 people

One of the fastest growing issues—Know why?

Aging population

Hearing loss due to damage from ear buds

TRANSCRIPTION—a word-for-word translation of audio content into a text file. Available for downloading prior to watching the video

CLOSED CAPTION

http://www.btistudios.com/closed-captioning.html

Closed captioning software: Mac/Windows

Telestream

Individual user 1200.00

to institutional user 15,000.00

10.00-15.00 per finished minute of video, plus a setup fee—usually 50.00-100.00

Version 2.01 of the Media Access Generator (MAGpie)– free, do-it-yourself captioning, subtitling and audio-description software for digital multimedia developed by the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)– is now available to download at http://ncam.wgbh.org/invent_build/web_multimedia/tools-guidelines/magpie

Placement—Lower thirds or bug

Rae Photo

Key points to remember about CC:

Use one or two lines of text.

Caption the exact wording of speakers, including slang and grammatical errors.

Caption sound effects that contribute to the understanding of the content.

Synchronize captions with the aural content.

Use a simple sans-serif font, such as Helvetica, and proportional spacing.

Ensure high contrast between the text and background.

Use both uppercase and lowercase letters.

Open Captioning vs. Closed Captioning—Open is always on-screen, Closed can be turned on/off by the viewer and requires either built in technology in the monitor or a separate break out box.

The key with any of this is start early—all these steps take time and cost money—they need to be considered in the pre-production and/or idea phase of any project.