Teach Access, an initiative started in 2016 to support “the teaching of accessible technology design and development,” will be giving away 20 awards this summer to faculty or instructional staff at U.S.-based institutions. The awards of $5,000 will be given to teachers to include digital accessibility in their Fall 2018-Spring 2019 curriculums.
The A360 Blog
Like most people, I have always relied on my vision to help me navigate the internet. Being a sighted auditor for an internet accessibility company has been an eye-opening experience. It seems cliche to say I’ve taken the ability of sight for granted, but I never realized how true this statement was until I experienced web navigation from a non-sighted user’s perspective. Closing my eyes and listening to a web page being read to me by a screen reader was a slap in the face, and an especially important experience for someone like me, who is a budding software programmer.
In the past, persons with disabilities often required a wide array of different devices to accomplish various tasks, such as separate devices to identify colors, to identify paper currency, or to read paper documents. Each of these devices served a necessary and unique function, but were usually expensive, and - unless they chose to carry all of their devices around all the time – weren’t always readily available to the user. With the proliferation of mobile devices and accessibility apps, this is thankfully no longer the case.