Scheduled at 9:15am in Meadowbrook I/II on Thursday, November 15.#17345
- Kristen Dabney, Assistive Technology Instruction Specialist, Tufts University
- Length of Session: 1-hr
- Format: Lecture
- Expertise Level: Beginner
- Type of session: General Conference
Tufts Student Accessibility Services office created accessibility testing guidelines designed to help IT professionals complete basic accessibility audits for digital products before they are purchased.
As Tufts implemented its accessible procurement protocol, the need for a streamlined accessibility audit process became crucial. For a university to be proactive and evaluate product accessibility before purchase, a comprehensive auditing system must be in place. These audits (completed by our SAS-trained IT team) provide a more in-depth view than that described by a vendor’s VPAT. This simple to use guide enhanced campus-wide buy-in while also making forward progress on procurement audits. Attendees will learn the process used to initiate and develop these guidelines, the arguments successfully used to get the procurement process firmly in the IT office, the training process for IT auditors and best practices for sustainability beyond the initial training workshop. This session will conclude with a walk though of an example application using the guidelines developed by Tufts Student Accessibility Services office.
- Training guide for IT professionals new to testing accessibility
- Quick walk through Accessibility Audit process
- Accessibility Review Instructions + Vendor Accessibility Report Checklist (WCAG 2.1 standards)
Administrative/Campus Policy, Assistive Technology, Information Technology, Uncategorized
Kristen Dabney graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Physics, and later from University of Connecticut with a Postsecondary Disability Services Certification since the Physics degree wasn't saying "I'm interested in accessibility" loud enough. She currently works as an Assistive Technology Instruction Specialist at Tufts University.