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Cheryl

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Aug 8, 2011, 9:48:56 PM8/8/11
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Hi everyone,
Forgive me if my question has been answered before, but how is your two-year college addressing accessibility in face to face as well as online? We are moving to become more accessible and in doing so, math and science seem to be the most challenging. Many of the textbook publishers provide good multimedia resources, but they are not accessible. We have developed a checklist to establish a baseline for the college as we assess where we are in our ability to provide instruction that is accessible. What and how are you moving in this direction?

Cheryl Keeton
Department Head, Math & Physics
WakeTech Community College
Raleigh, NC

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Cheryl

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Aug 10, 2011, 8:49:42 PM8/10/11
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Linda and all,
Thank you for your quick replies. A short definition for accessibility is accommodating those with disabilities - mental, emotional, physical. We have always have some students with physical disabilities such as visual or hearing impairment, but we are seeing growing numbers of  students who have learning disabilities that require additional assistance to learn. In 2006 the State of North Carolina enacted Senate Bill 866, AN ACT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES PROTECTION ACT. It is available online:http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2001/Bills/Senate/HTML/S866v6.html
 It requires all educational institutions, not just k-12, to adjust their instruction and programs to be "accessible". For example, if you create a PowerPoint for your class as a resource, it needs to have a transcript that can be read by a screen reader for blind students, since their reading software can't read the PowerPoint slides. If you use an animation to support a concept or in conceptual development, you must provide a script of other means of description so a blind student understands what is taking place. If you use sounds to describe or color to discriminate, you need to find an additional way to provide the information for the hearing impaired or color-blind student.

To make our instruction, across the college, more accessible we began looking at how other schools addressed accessibility issues. Valencia Community College in CA had a well-developed plan, so we used them as a benchmark, studied their checklist and a few others and designed what we thought we could use as a baseline. We presented the checklist to the division Deans and next we will share with the faculty for input. I'll be more than happy to give you what we have as soon as we have final approval on the list.

But having a list is easy...it's finding a way to meet the challenges that is hard. If you all have had experience meeting the challenges, I would love to learn what you did. As I mentioned before, we anticipate some obstacles since we use publisher products that are not necessarily accessible, even though they may say they are.

Thank you again for responding. Please feel free to share what you do.

Cheryl Keeton
Department Head, Math & Physics
Wake Tech Community College
Raleigh, NC

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On Aug 8, 2011, at 22:06, Linda Laine <lla...@hawaii.rr.com> wrote:

Hi Cheryl-

I will be happy to share if you will specify if there is a particular type of disability for which you have questions, for example visually impaired/blind.

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Bruce Yoshiwara

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Aug 11, 2011, 7:09:18 PM8/11/11
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Hi Cheryl,

Valencia Community College is a leader in many ways, but as far as I know, their campuses are all in Florida.

It is also true that California has adopted compliance requirements (from the federal Section 508).

Cheers.

Bruce

Cheryl

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Aug 12, 2011, 7:32:33 AM8/12/11
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Good grief! Thanks Bruce, and my apologies to Valencia CC. Too much multitasking I'm afraid. Yes, Valencia is in FL. 

Cheryl

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Maria Andersen

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Aug 15, 2011, 8:57:37 AM8/15/11
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After much thought, and consultation with others (including
accessibility experts), I have posted a response to the general
question of captioning of math videos on my blog. It has come up not
only here, but with many of the participants in our 2011 Math &
Technology Workshop from the states of NC and CA.

http://teachingcollegemath.com/2011/08/elephant-in-the-room-captioning-math-videos/

:) maria

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> Good grief! Thanks Bruce, and my apologies to Valencia CC. Too much multitasking I'm afraid. Yes, Valencia is in FL.
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> > Valencia Community College is a leader in many ways, but as far as I know, their campuses are all in Florida.
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> > Cheers.
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Sue Glascoe

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Aug 15, 2011, 10:33:04 AM8/15/11
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Thank you for the thoughtful and though-provoking post!   Great article, Maria :)
Sue
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Kathleen Offenholley

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Aug 15, 2011, 10:43:13 AM8/15/11
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I agree, it's terrific, well worth the read.

Kathleen

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Orrange, Mary Beth

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Aug 15, 2011, 12:51:24 PM8/15/11
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Very nice! Thank you for sharing it with the group.

Mary Beth


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I agree, it's terrific, well worth the read.

Kathleen

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On Aug 15, 2011, at 10:33 AM, Sue Glascoe <tech4ma...@gmail.com<mailto:tech4ma...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Thank you for the thoughtful and though-provoking post! Great article, Maria :)
Sue

On Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 5:57 AM, Maria Andersen <<mailto:wyand...@gmail.com>wyand...@gmail.com<mailto:wyand...@gmail.com>> wrote:
After much thought, and consultation with others (including
accessibility experts), I have posted a response to the general
question of captioning of math videos on my blog. It has come up not
only here, but with many of the participants in our 2011 Math &
Technology Workshop from the states of NC and CA.

<http://teachingcollegemath.com/2011/08/elephant-in-the-room-captioning-math-videos/>http://teachingcollegemath.com/2011/08/elephant-in-the-room-captioning-math-videos/

:) maria

On Aug 12, 7:32 am, Cheryl <cheryl.kee...@gmail.com<mailto:cheryl.kee...@gmail.com>> wrote:
> Good grief! Thanks Bruce, and my apologies to Valencia CC. Too much multitasking I'm afraid. Yes, Valencia is in FL.
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> Cheryl
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> > Cheers.
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Cheryl

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Aug 18, 2011, 8:51:07 PM8/18/11
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Maria,
Thank you for putting your thoughts and experiences to paper. I will share this with my group as we struggle with how to comply in North Carolina. It will be interesting, as you suggest, to watch what happens when the law is applied and tested. I hope we can meet the needs of all students and can come to a reasonable interpretation. I believe that many of the things we do to meet accessibility standards benefits all students and helps instructors to become more reflective about how they teach. It's just finding a balance.

Cheryl Keeton
Department Head, Math & Physics
Wake Tech Community College
Raleigh, NC

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