The most significant accessibility gains are made in partnership: When people of different abilities work together toward a common goal, new thinking emerges. In FY17, the UXO forged a connection between the University and the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which strives to help people “achieve full inclusion and integration in society through success in employment, independent living, and social self-sufficiency.” Established in 1910, the organization works on behalf of people throughout the state.
As part of the UXO’s Fundamentals of UX Certificate, a monthly Introduction to Web Accessibility training course is offered to faculty, staff, and students. Over the course of four hours, participants learn theoretical models of disability, tenets of inclusivity, and the importance of contextualizing access as a civil right.
Read the full story, or view the complete 2016-2017 OIT annual report, for which I was the editorial lead.