An exploratory study examining how students with print disabilities navigate accessible documents

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 9:15am in WB II on Wednesday November, 15.

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Speaker(s)

  • Korey Singleton, ATI Manager, George Mason University
  • Kristine Neuber, IT Accessibility Coordinator, George Mason University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

This exploratory study examines how students with print disabilities, primarily those with visual impairments, approach accessible documents (i.e., Word, PPT, PDF).

Abstract

While several studies have explored frustrations and challenges associated with blind users accessing web content, few have focused on document accessibility. This preliminary study examines how students with print disabilities, primarily those with visual impairments, approach accessible documents (i.e., Word, PPT, PDF). Using a combination of video observation, surveys, and semi-structured interviews, students were presented with an accessible document and provided with a series of tasks to complete navigating the document’s content. In this session, we will discuss the study, results, and potential implications for designing accessible documents for users with print disabilities.

Keypoints

  1. Users with print disabilties approach accessible content in different ways
  2. Practical considerations for training users with print disabilities to navigate accessible documents
  3. Practical considerations for prioritizing accessible document design based on needs of users

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Alternate Format, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Korey Singleton

Korey Singleton has spent 9 years as the Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) Manager for George Mason University (GMU). The ATI operates under GMU’s Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics Office and is tasked with guiding and implementing a university-wide strategy for addressing the electronic and information technology accessibility needs of students, staff, faculty, and visitors with disabilities. For over 20 years, he has advocated for technology accessibility and the use of assistive technology by individuals with disabilities at home, at work, and in the classroom.

Kristine Neuber

To be added at a later date...

Handout(s)