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Accessibility in the classroom—tools that impact my students – Office Blogs

Creating a collaborative, inclusive classroom has many moving parts and pieces—and finding the right balance can be challenging. As a special education teacher, I am constantly on the hunt for technology and tools that give students with disabilities an environment that is personalized, differentiated and yet as close to their peers’ experience as possible. I have been an itinerant teacher, a distance education math teacher at a residential school and currently a resource room teacher—without the resource room.

When I work with my students and determine how to meet their needs, I think a lot about their accommodations rather than their modifications. The outcomes for a student can have a very dramatic effect on their learning.

In my accompanying blog post, “Accommodations versus modifications in an inclusive classroom,” I outline the important differences between accommodations and modifications to accessibly personalizing student learning. With Windows 10 and Office 365—free for teachers and students—I have been able to find and use many of the accommodations that I have been looking for making consumption of materials, content creation, collaboration and organization possible for students using the same technology and tools as their peers.

These tools help my students to consume content, create content, collaborate inclusively and stay organized.

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10 Free Web-Based Web Site Accessibility Evaluation Tools – Usability Geek

A simple Google Search for “Accessibility Tools” yields a number of lists and collections of tools. I could have very easily copied one or two such lists and voila, I have a new post. But, I wanted to add a personal touch to this post by writing about the tools I use in my daily job. I was surprised by the number of broken links in the lists I visited – most of them linking to obsolete Accessibility Tools such as Bobby – some with links to the old 1995 web site!

Before We Begin – A Warning

It is very important to keep in mind that to date, no web site evaluation tool has been developed that can completely replace a human being. This is because with present technology it is difficult to emulate human attributes such as common sense. In this regard, these tools should be used with caution, and the results that they produce should be interpreted in context with the web site you are evaluating. Moreover, since accessibility is a subset of usability, these tools should only be used to evaluate accessibility and not usability since, at best, they can only show you where your site is not accessible.

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Free web accessibility tools round-up — bread crumbs — Medium

 

Free web accessibility tools round-up

If you’re like me, you’re one of the web developers on your team tasked with taking something seemingly-boring – like a mortgage calculator – and making it:

  1. Look and work fantastically. Something like Google Docs meets Facebook meets Spotify meets Snapchat… SnapDocBookify? Yeah, make that.
  2. Meet the demands of the client or business partners, even if they think your mortgage calculator needs a weather widget with room for the 7 day forecast on an Apple Watch.
  3. Fully accessible and WCAG AA compliant.
  4. Wait, what

Yep. Right now, maybe not surprisingly, #3 might seem the most daunting. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that bad. Let’s take a look at some of the free tools available that make our lives (and the lives of people with a disability) a bit easier!

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Read full article at Source: Free web accessibility tools round-up — bread crumbs — Medium

accessibility videos for iOS and android

According to the National Health Interview Survey, there are over 20 million people with vision loss. If you need access to the Internet, it can be upsetting that as devices get smaller, so do the font sizes. The good news is that there are a lot of new and innovative ways to access the web.

… Check out these great features and innovative ways to navigate the websites that you want to access.

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Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 is a W3C Recommendation from Jeanne Spellman on 2015-09-24

ATAG 2.0 helps improve web accessibility by providing guidelines for designing web content authoring tools that are both more accessible to authors with disabilities (Part A) and designed to enable, support, and promote the production of more accessible web content by all authors (Part B). ATAG 2.0 helps authors meet WCAG 2.0.

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Read full article at Source: Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 is a W3C Recommendation from Jeanne Spellman on 2015-09-24 (w3c-wai-ig@w3.org from July to September 2015)