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Vetting Before Getting: Is Your Information and Communication Technology Accessible?

Speakers for the Day:
Kristina England, Web Application Specialist, University Information Technology Services, UMass President's Office
Kelsey Hall, McDonald's Corporate Accessibility Team

7:30am - 9:00am   Coffee & Registration

9:00am – 9:15am   Introductions & Small Group Activity

9:15am - 9:30am   Tech Check
Time to ensure everyone has access to assistive technologies on their personal computer – a screen reader, such as Voiceover or NVDA, and built-in accessibility tools.

9:30am - 10:15am   Law, Standards and Contract Language
When it comes to procurement, it is important to understand the legal landscape regarding accessibility, as well as industry standards, to implement contract language to protect your institution.

10:15am – 10:30am   Break

10:30am – 11:00am   Creating a Team and Testing Policy/Procedures
Identifying stakeholders and a team of people to support the vetting process is critical to success. Who should be involved? Why? What is each team member’s responsibility? What might the policies and procedures this team abides by in terms of “vetting before getting” look like?

11:00am - 12:00pm   Assistive Technology Testing Play (Hands-on)
Together we will spend time with assistive technologies (screen readers, speech-input, magnification tools, etc.) and use them to test various software as practice.

12:00pm – 1:00pm   Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm   Creating a Plan for “Alternate but Equal Access”
When you’re in a pickle, and there is no other viable product/service option on the market that meets needs, you must have an alternate but equal access option. What does a plan like this look like? And why?

2:00pm - 3:00pm   We Decided to “Get”- Now What?
So, you completed the “vetting and getting”, but this is just the beginning. What are the next steps to ensure the product/service maintains accessibility? What is your maintenance plan?

3:00pm   End

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