Accessible IT Technical Bulletin: March 2005

The Northeast ADA & IT Center at Cornell University provides training, technical assistance and materials on the ADA and accessible information technology throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This monthly technical bulletin is part of our dissemination efforts and if you do not want to receive this document or would like others from your organization added to our list, please call 1-800-949-4232 or reply to this message. Thank you

Landmark Study on Distance Education in Elementary and Secondary Schools

The National Center for Education Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Education, has released the first ever, comprehensive overview of distance learning in K-12 schools. "Distance Education Courses for Public Elementary and Secondary School Students: 2002-03" reports that one-third (36%) of public school districts and 9% of public schools had students enrolled in distance education courses in 2002-03. For the complete press release,

Upcoming Training on New York State Accessibility Standards & Cascading Style Sheets

When: March 31 and April 1, 2005

Where: Coykendall Science Bldg. - Rm 24
SUNY New Paltz
New Paltz , NY

This two-day training program is sponsored by the SUNY Training Center and the Northeast ADA & IT Center. Below is a brief description of the workshops:

Day 1: Practical Methods of Conforming to the New NYS Accessibility Standards will teach participants the main issues in the NYS Accessibility Policy and practical ways to comply.

Day 2: Cascading Style Sheets for Consistent Design and Conformity with the New NYS Accessibility Standards will focus on creating CSS web pages that are usable, good looking, consistent and accessible.

For more information and to register, visit the SUNY Training Center website:

Accessible Web Publishing Wizard for Microsoft Office

Accessible Web Publishing Wizard for Microsoft Office - being developed by the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign to provide a simple way for instructors and web developers to create accessible web versions of the MIcrosoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents without having to have any knowledge of the details of web accessibility standards. For more info see:
Web Accessibility Resource Planner (WARP) by WebAIM

WebAIM has found that few teacher training and certification institutions across the U.S. teach the issues and strategies of Web accessibility. Instructors of these courses may be more likely to embed accessibility if they have access to content, simulations, assignments, and evaluation tools. The WARP was designed for this purpose, as well as any other teaching opportunity that involves Web accessibility.

By using the WARP, you can easily peruse Web accessibility resources, organize resources into an online lesson, and view lessons other users have created. These online resources include tutorials, simulations, activities, and articles. The WARP is FREE to use! Check it out:

New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative Conference - March , 2005

Where: Montclair State University, NJ
When: MARCH 15-17, 2005

The NJECC conference will showcase the following:
Leading technology innovators.
Innovative examples of educational computing.
Recognize accomplishments of NJ computer-using educators.
Meet leading software and hardware vendors, network specialists and Internet providers.
Teachers, administrators and computer coordinators who need to understand how informational technologies have affected the teaching/ learning process should attend. School districts preparing to write or revise their Educational Technology Plan will be able to see what their colleagues are doing about networking their schools, installing new multi-media labs and using new software applications. For more information, please contact NJECC at (800) 996-5322 or visit
Other Events in our Region

Inclusion Conference 2005: Inclusive Schools and Communities for Children and Youth, Building Partnerships for the Future
May 17-18, 2005
Westchester Marriott Hotel, Tarrytown, NY
Info at:
The New York Higher Education Support Center (HESC) for SystemsChange at Syracuse University and The New York State Education Department, Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) are coordinating this tenth conference with an array of partners who have joined to form the New York IDEA Partnership.
E-text in Higher Education Training Workshops
Two locations:
June 22, 2005 Canandaigua on the Lake, Canandaigua, NY
June 30, 2005 CUNY Graduate School and University Center, New York, NY
For Disabled Student Services/ADA/504 Coordinators in NYS
Workshops are designed to provide information and training on Chapter 219 legislation and the responsibilities of colleges and publishers to provide effective alternative format materials for students with print-related disabilities.
Info at:

Leadership Academy: Ensuring Campus Web Site Accessibility
April 27, 2005, 9 am - 4 pm
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NY
Sponsored by the Northeast ADA & IT Center and Institute for Community College Development
This full day workshop is designed to bring teams of professionals from colleges and universities together to learn about and plan for ensuring that web content is designed to be accessible to people with disabilities. The goal of the program is for those attending to become the leaders on their respective campuses in raising awareness about web accessibility issues as well as taking actions to improve the accessibility of new and existing web content, including web-based distance learning course content.

For more information and to register, visit

Developing Web Sites for Users with Cognitive Disabilities and Learning Difficulties

Excerpted from February WebAIM Newsletter: When we think about Web accessibility, there's a tendency to overlook people with cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties. This article by Roger Hudson, Russ Weakley, and Peter Firminger, examines the types of problems visitors may encounter when using the Web, with insightful and practical suggestions on how to develop Web sites that are inclusive for people with cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties.
Visit for the full article.

Handheld Individual Captioning System, I-Caption(R) Makes All Performances of 'Wicked' Accessible to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

"I-Caption(R), the new individual captioning system from Sound Associates, Inc., allows deaf patrons to be as spontaneous as anyone else attending live theatre. &.The I-Caption system features a proprietary handheld unit that displays the text of the entire show verbatim, including lyrics and dialogue. The text is automated and synchronized with sound and lighting cues to accommodate pacing variations from performance to performance. A polarized screen keeps nearby patrons from being distracted by light or moving text." (Source: )

Northeast ADA&IT Center
201 ILR Extension Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

1-800-949-4232 (TTY and voice)