Webinar: Providing Accessibility in Your Gateway—Key Elements of Proving a Gateway Is Usable by All
November 11, 2020
Presented by Hiram Kuykendall, Chief Technology Officer, Microassist
Gateways are often funded by government agencies that are required to provide accessible products for their communities. Software, particularly open-source products, don't have the strict reviews associated with procurement processes, so accessibility may not even be on the radar of gateway creators. The increase of Office of Civil Rights complaints and COVID-19 “virtualization" has universities, government organizations, and even private sector companies requesting documentation that the end product is perceivable and usable by everyone, including people with disabilities. In this session, Hiram Kuykendall will review the ways that gateways should be adapting to accessibility standards, with a specific focus on the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) as a model.
Hiram Kuykendall is the chief technology officer for Microassist, an Austin, Texas-based learning, development, and accessibility consulting firm. He has more than 20 years of experience in custom application development and accessibility remediation for custom application development, eLearning, and instructor-led training. In addition, Hiram advocates through public speaking and volunteer work specifically focused on the technical aspects of web accessibility. Hear more accessibility advice and how it compares to usability from the Gateways 2020 plenary by Dr. Paul Parsons and Hiram Kuykendall - Attracting and Retaining Gateway Users by Applying Usability and Accessibility.