Satellite Broadcast Addresses Web Accessibility

Posted: April 19, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason University’s Web Team will sponsor a satellite broadcast addressing accessibility issues in the online environment on Thursday, April 22, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Mason Hall, Rooms D3A and B. Called “Untangling the Web: Making Online Teaching and Learning Accessible,” the event will be in the form of a panel discussion moderated by popular talk show host Kojo Nnamdi. Among the panelists is Kristine Neuber, assistive technology and web accessibility coordinator for George Mason.

Questions to be addressed include: What is needed to ensure that online teaching and learning are accessible? How should major challenges to online accessibility be addressed? What are some successful models for accessible online learning? How are faculty and staff applying these models to benefit all students?

Neuber provides assistive technology screenings and support for all Mason students and employees, and also provides web accessibility training for faculty and students. She coordinates technology resources for distance education at Mason’s Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities. She is currently leading a long-term initiative to ensure that all George Mason web sites are accessible according to federal standards.

University of Maryland University College produced the program in conjunction with PBS, and it is supported with funding from SBC Foundation and NEC Foundation of America. Registration is online. For more information on the program, see the PBS web site.

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