IBM’s WebAdapt2Me

California State University (Long Beach) made the news as an early adopter of WebAdapt2Me. InTouch Newsletter, Vol. 14, No. 1: “California State University, Long Beach is the first university anywhere to adopt WebAdapt2Me, an assistive technology from IBM that removes barriers to reading for people with print disabilities. This software exploits the flexibility of web information to produce reading environments that exactly fit the reading needs of each individual. Students, staff and faculty who are not blind, but who still have difficulties reading at the levels demanded by university life, can now read documents on the web effectively.”

Other related links: IBM Case Studies and CSU: LB news.

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Event: Institutional Web Management Workshop 2006

Institutional Web Management Workshop 2006: Home Page: “The Institutional Web Management Workshop 2006 (IWMW) will be held at the University of Bath on 14-16th June 2006. The event will provide an opportunity for those involved in the provision of institutional Web services to hear about institutional case studies, national initiatives and emerging technologies and to actively participate in a number of parallel sessions.”

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W3C overview document for fixing accessibility barriers in existing websites

This is a good overview at the W3C: Improving the Accessibility of Your Web Site. It’s easy reading and clearly written. It would make a good starting point for a classroom discussion on retrofitting for accessibility.

Auditing your website for accessibility

A couple of articles by my friend David Moore at iCubed provide a plan for evaluating a site for accessibility. David’s done this professionally in the the U.S. and in Ireland, and the article gives excellent advice about what to look for and check. David’s tips go hand in hand with the W3C overview I mentioned above.

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