Accessibility Tools

SSB Bart Accessibility Management Platform (AMP)

The Accessibility Management Platform is available for all members of the University of Alabama community. AMP is a web-based tool that evaluates web and PDF accessibility through automated, guided manual, and functional testing and generates reports. AMP allows web developers and content managers to prioritize web accessibility efforts; it also offers best practices, remediation steps, and code examples to educate and guide users to repair issues.

Docsoft Transcription/Captioning System

Thanks to the Office of the Provost, UA has acquired a Docsoft: AV appliance and Transcript Editor to aid with captioning and transcribing video, audio, and multimedia content. This device generates media transcriptions, which can be formatted into caption files. The appliance automates speech-to-text transcription and accepts profile and vocabulary files for individual speakers to improve accuracy.

ZoomText 10 for Windows

ZoomText 10 for Windows screen-magnification/text-to-speech software is available campuswide and may be installed on all UA-owned computers connected to the campus network. Users can adjust screen magnification, color schemes and contrast, and have on-screen content read to them. Departments are encouraged to install it on all public computers and departmental images to ensure widespread distribution across campus. UA’s license does not include installation on computers owned by students, faculty, and staff.

Accessibility Reviews

The UA Center for Instructional Technology Emerging Technology and Accessibility team offers accessibility consultations and reviews for course materials, web sites, and technology tools. This does not replace accommodations an individual user may need and request, but a focus on accessibility can address common challenges with digital content to make it more usable and accessible for all users.

Course reviews:

Instructors, departments, and programs can request a course materials review to assist with their accessibility efforts. Course materials reviews may include

  • making a plan to incrementally address large volumes of content or large numbers of courses
  • sharing best practices for documents, presentations, and instructional technologies, and
  • creating equivalent access approaches for discipline-specific tools and content that present accessibility challenges.

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Web accessibility reviews and planning:

University community members can request automated, manual, and functional testing of a web site, tool, or application based on UA’s web accessibility guidelines. Assistance with accessibility planning is also available. This may include:

  • Evaluation of existing web accessibility status.
  • Suggestions on ways to make sites or tools more accessible.
  • Assistance with developing a plan to prioritize and implement accessibility efforts.

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Captioning Grants

The University of Alabama Technology Accessibility Initiative is excited to announce continuation of grants to caption and or transcribe UA-owned video and audio that will be shared on public or campus-wide web sites. Grants cannot be used for course materials or commercial content. Apply for a grant.

Course-related captioning needs for students who need accommodations are met through the Office of Disability Services. Instructors and campus areas are strongly encouraged acquire or request captioned versions of films or commercial content used in academic settings. UA Libraries have many captioned videos available in the Music Library and via database resources.

As of November 2016, grants have funded captioning of over 2000 minutes of public-facing video on UA web sites.

The following criteria can be used to prioritize captioning efforts and use of grant funds:

  • Are the videos public-facing or campus-wide?
  • Are the videos informational or educational (as opposed to promotional)?
  • Are the videos newly created?
  • Are the videos frequently accessed?
  • Does the campus area have funding available to captioning the videos? If so, contact us for information about discounted captioning services through our vendor.

Workshops & Events

Spring 2017 Schedule

Webinars

  • Getting to know the Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) Interface Webinar
    For all UA users, learn about UA’s Accessibility Management Platform and how it can help you evaluate web sites for accessibility.
    Thursday, February 16th 1:30-2:30 p.m. This is an online session.
  • Accessible Office Documents Webinar
    Monday, February 27th 9:00-9:45 a.m.
  • Alt-Text Best Practices Webinar
    Thursday, March 2nd 10:00- 10:45 a.m. This is an online session.
  • Accessibile PDFs Webinar
    Wednesday, March 8th 10:00-10:45 a.m. This is an online session.
  • Captioning Tegrity Recordings with Docsoft Webinar
    Tuesday, April 4th 2:00-3:00 p.m. This is an online session.
  • Universal Design for Learning Webinar
    Friday, April 7th 10:00-11:00 a.m. This is an online session.

Workshops

  • Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) for Web Developers: For UA web developers, learn about UA’s Accessibility Management Platform and how it can help you evaluate web sites for accessibility.
    Monday, February 20th 10:00-11:00 p.m. in Gordon Palmer Room A232
  • Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) for Content Managers: For UA web content managers, learn about UA’s Accessibility Management Platform and how it can help you evaluate content for accessibility.
    Tuesday, February 21st 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Gordon Palmer Room A232
  • Accessibility Office Hours and Work Session Bring your web accessibility questions or evaluate a site or page.
    Friday, March 3rd 9:00-10:00 a.m. in Russell Hall Room 124

 

Location: A232 Gordon Palmer Hall unless noted as a Webinar.  How to find A232 Gordon Palmer Hall (Video)

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