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Making UMD's Website Accessible to All

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Accessibility 101

Free, public, online eClass: Complete it at your own pace through Fri., June 27.

Open your laptop and log on, then read an article or watch a video. But what if you are blind or deaf? Without audio capabilities for an article or closed-captioning on a video, the internet can become more of a road block than an information super highway.

In recent U.S. lawsuit settlements, the Department of Justice has sent a clear message that people with disabilities must have equitable access to the Web and Web-based assignment and assessment products comparable to those of individuals without disabilities.

In April 2014, after input from the UMD Commission on Disabilities and consultation with the Campus Climate Leadership Team, Chancellor Black convened a new UMD Task Force on Accessibility.

The Task Force has been asked to:

  1. Provide recommendations about Web-based assignment and assessment products (those currently in use and those under consideration) and develop a framework and process for academic departments to use when adopting such products.

  2. Review the accessibility and equitable use of the UMD Website, utilizing a recently released report about the site's new design.

  3. Led by accessibility experts and with membership from across campus, the Task Force will work to fulfill its charge and provide a report by the end of 2014.

Accessibility Task Force Members

Penny Cragun (co-chair)
Emily Norenberg (co-chair)
Laura Carlson (co-chair)
Peter Angelos
Tim Caskey
Betsy Husby
Adrea Olson
Jerry Pepper
Jeff Romano
Scott Schultz
Karen Stromme
Bilin Tsai
Joel Youngblom

Progress reports will be sent out by the Task Force and made available on the ITSS website.

June 2014

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