May 2013 Newsletter

Featured Resources

Evidence Evaluation Matrix

This resource is designed to help accreditation review team members navigate the GOALS reviewer guidance documents.

Microsoft Word Cheatsheet for Mac Users

GOALS has created two new cheatsheets that are Mac compatible. The first is a cheatsheet focusing on creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word 2011.

Microsoft PowerPoint Cheatsheet for Mac Users

This second cheatsheet provides information for creating accessible presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint 2011.

In the News

The Future of Accessibility

Lauren McLarney of the NFB outlines the next steps to support the proposed regulations regarding accessibility to educational technologies for those with disabilities.

Berkeley Accelerating Access to Course Materials

As part of a settlement with Disability Rights Advocates, UC Berkeley will provide disabled students with more timely access to printed materials in alternative formats such as Braille, large print and audio.

Technology Makes Higher Education Accessible

Advancements in technology, like e-textbooks, give students with disabilities more options however it is important these new materials be accessible.

Grading Kindle Accessibility on iOS

Amazon recently added several accessibility improvements to their Kindle app. In this blog post, the NFB evaluates its accessibility (hint: They got a C).

FIPSE Funded Pilot Project to Improve Accessible Textbook Rental

STEPP(STudent E-rent Pilot Project), in partnership with CourseSmart and AccessText Network, is creating a new system to ensure students with print disabilities are able to make informed textbook purchasing decisions.

ICDR Hosted a State of the Science Forum Supporting Section 508

GOALS Director, Cyndi Rowland was an invited speaker. More information on the agenda, the speakers, and the presentations is available at the ICDR forum page.