This month I had the good fortune of co-presenting about Universal Design for Learning with Kirsten Behling, Erin DeSilva, Lance Eaton, Kelsey Hall, Marisha Marks, Andrea Milligan, Adam Nemeroff, and Marcie Savoie at the NERCOMP (NorthEast Regional Computer Program) annual meeting. The resources are available here, and I want in particular to highlight the list of online resources as well as a handful of well-developed hypothetical learner profiles that can help make discussions about universal design and accessibility more concrete.
Here are a few other links about accessibility and inclusive design that have cropped up recently in my various feeds:
- Deborah Edwards-Onoro has a great writeup of a presentation by Shawn Lauriat about how learning American Sign Language improved alt text descriptions of images: By providing context, setting the scene, and offering analogies, visual descriptions for images improves your alt text.
- Inclusive Components is a really cool project aiming to improve inclusion in web interface design. There’s lots of good sense in the different pieces, but I like this bit from a recent post on tables: When table markup contains non-tabular content, it messes with blind users’ expectations. It’s not a page layout to them; it’s a data table that doesn’t make sense. If they’re sighted or partially sighted and running a screen reader it’s both, which is arguably even more confusing.
- This post from blindblonde, an academic who is legally blind, has a a ton of thoughtful advice on making posters and presentations more visually accessible: Most of the time, people put a TON of text on their posters and use too tiny font for me to read it without blocking the whole poster form everyone else. Ultimately, this means that I have to ask the presenter to give me a quick overview of their work, and people have varying skills to discuss their work in a pithy way (and admittedly, I may want to ask questions or get into a discussion, too). Yet if I am in a session that has a lot of posters that I want to see, I won’t have enough time to have talks with everyone.
Do you have a favorite recent link on accessibility, inclusion, or universal design? Let us know in comments!