Copyright Laws and their Impact on the Alternative Format Production
Thursday, September 26, 2019; 3:00-4:30 Eastern
Jamie Axelrod, M.S., Northern Arizona University
Brandon Butler, Director of Public Policy Initiatives, University of Virginia Library
L. Scott Lissner, The Ohio State University
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) recently released a white paper, "The Law and Accessible Texts: Reconciling Civil Rights and Copyrights." This white paper analyzes how institutions of higher education can meet their mission of providing all students with equitable access to information within the current legal framework and clarifies long-held but erroneous legal restrictions. Join a primary author of the paper and two higher education consultant/AHEAD leaders for an in-depth look at what copyright law actually says and implications for your processes. This webinar will answer the questions you and your institution have about creating alternative format materials.
Web Accessibility Guidelines: WCAG 2.0 and 2.1
Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 3:00-4:00 Eastern Time
Christy Owens, Brigham Young University- Idaho
A Deep Dive into Note-taking as an Accommodation: Where Do We Go from Here?
Thursday, October 10, 2019; 3:00-4:30 Eastern
Margaret Camp, M.Ed., Clemson University
Paul Harwell, M.A., Harvard University
Cheryl Muller, M.S., University of Arizona
When exploring the accommodation of note-taking, what do we really want to know? How does traditional note-taking as an accommodation benefit or fail students? As the higher education landscape adjusts to evolving technologies and practices and intersects with progressive narratives of disability, how might our thinking about this accommodation shift? Join us to learn how three (3) different institutions have conceptualized what this common accommodation request really means. We will share how our processes have changed based on new conversations with students, assessment data, technology and what best practices have emerged as a result of these changes.
PDF Accessibility: Know the Standards, Mitigate Your Risk
Tuesday, October 22, 2019; 3:00-4:30 Eastern
Paul Rayius, CommonLook
Deficiencies in web and electronic document accessibility have become increasingly apparent over the past few years and, as a result, more lawsuits have been filed and fines have been levied. Colleges and universities are at risk when students, faculty, and/or staff cannot access electronic content required for application, class work, or to complete work-related duties. We'll look at some of the cases, the outcomes, and discuss prevention strategies for your campus.
Aides in the Classroom: Required, Permitted, Optional?
Thursday, October 31, 2019, 3:00-4:30
Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D., College Autism Spectrum & Yale Child Study
Paul Grossman, J.D., Hastings College of Law
Following up on a conversation begun at the AHEAD conference, our presenters continue to explore the presence of personal aides and attendants in college classrooms to assist students with behavior, focus, understanding, and communication. While colleges are not required to provide in-class aides for these purposes, we explore whether they are required to permit them to accompany students or whether colleges can require that students have these skills without the benefit of an aide. In other words, are students who need this form of support “otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities?” If institutions say “no” to aides, are they denying equal access? And, if they are required to say “yes,” can they establish restrictions or limitations on the aide? We will look at the legal, ethical, and social issues surrounding this growing request.
Title IX and DS
Thursday, November 7, 2019; 3:00-4:30 Eastern
Chris Stone, Ed.D., University of North Carolina Wilmington
Amber Resetar, J.D. University of North Carolina Wilmington
The 2007 College Sexual Assault Study revealed that 19% of female undergraduate students are victims of sexual assault during college. According to Chivers-Wilson (2006), within two weeks of a sexual assault, 94% of women are assessed with PTSD symptoms. Over the course of their lives, women involved in a sexual assault have a discernible increase in the prevalence of ongoing diagnoses of PTSD. These figures, staggering on their own, do not account for other lifelong impairments acquired through assault or the corresponding figures within the male population. They also do not consider reporting from higher education, where students may need immediate services to support successful inclusion and continuation within the educational set.
Colleges and universities often fail to grasp their responsibilities in supporting students who experience gender-based assault, disability, or situations that blur the line between disability and gender-based need or assault. Presenters will discuss guiding documents (Dear Colleague letters and published Resolution Agreements) and underlying principles inherent in laying the foundation necessary to support these individuals on college campuses. This presentation highlights the need for nuanced understanding of accommodating students through disability services or Title IX, as may be appropriate, and will detail efforts to balance the standards of Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to ensure seamless service and support for individuals confronted by issues associated with trauma, injury, or orders related to sexual discrimination incidents, and potentially through their identification as a person with a disability with the right to accommodation guaranteed through the ADA.
The Rumble in the Publishing Jungle: PDF and EPUB duke it out!
Tuesday, November 12, 2019; 3:00-4:00 Eastern
Susan Kelmer, University of Colorado Boulder
George Kerscher, DAISY Consortium
In the PDF corner, wearing the blue tutu, is Susan Kelmer and in the EPUB corner, wearing green trunks, is George Kerscher. This heavy weight event is ten rounds of full impact advocacy for access to information. “EPUB is the greatest,” said George Kerscher, and he went on to say, “I will show the way of the future for all born accessible published materials.” “PDF is the established world champion,” countered Susan Kelmer, following with a right hook by continuing, “We know how to deal with PDF, and our students want PDF.” This is a sanctioned AHEAD championship event. The referee and question-keeper, who will make sure there is no hitting below the belt, will be Rachel Kruzel. Fans should make sure their tickets are booked ASAP because seats are limited, and this is the ultimate event to fully understand EPUB, PDF, their differences, and the advantages of each.
Student Engagement and Use of Assistive Technology
Tuesday, December 3, 2019; 3:00-4:00
Rachel Kruzel, St. Thomas University
The implementation of a variety of assistive technology tools is becoming a more frequently used method of providing accommodations for students. However, challenges around getting students to engage with, buy-into, and have sustained use of these tools is frequently discussed and asked about. During this webinar, differing levels of student technology engagement will be discussed, as well as ideas and strategies to help students understand and embrace the positive ways technology can support them in their academics.
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