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published: April, 2002
This Workshop will focus on Web accessibility issues facing people with disabilities and strategies to address them.
Elly Rubin, of the MFA's Education Division, has
been focusing on Web access issues, and has even written a few recent
articles on the subject, published in NEMA
Elly will be joined by special guests, who develop or use assistive technologies for the Internet. They will demonstrate how many folks with disabilities surf the Web. We will see and use a text reader software to surf the Web, and experience them from the perspective of someone who may be blind or visually impaired.
She will also present a "top-ten" list of strategies
to ensure a more accessible site, using specific examples from a recent
Web Accessibility Report, commissioned by the MFA. This report, focused
on specific parts of www.mfa.org
We will also review the findings of some of Elly's recent research, including a focus group, done in conjunction with Peter Ty, at the Carroll Center for the Blind, and some interesting results from an accessibility questionnaire, administered to members of the MFA's Accessibility Advisory Board.
In addition, we've compiled a large body of research around the state of accessibility of many of our peer institution's Web sites. We will take at some examples of more or less accessible sites.