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December 6, 2018

Registration Open For 2019 Online TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certification Programs

From Monday’s inbox…

Register Now! Accessibility Certification Program
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TxDLA Offers Popular Accessibility Certification Program in 2019:  Start Dates of January 20 and March 25

Accessibility by individuals with disabilities to digital materials is one of the major technology issues of our time. The growth of online learning, and the increased use of digital materials in blended and flipped classrooms in K-12 and higher education has created more accessibility issues. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice enforcement of accessibility issues has made explicit the actions academic institutions should be engaged in to ensure that all students have full access to learning.

TxDLA offers a ONLINE 31-hour Digital Accessibility Certification Program three to four times a year which positions participants to be on the leading edge of this important issue by providing them with an understanding of current legal enforcement actions, resolution agreements, consent decrees and Universal Design for Learning, while equipping them with practical skills in making digital content accessible.  TxDLA has scheduled the next TWO programs:

  • January 20 – February 24, 2019
  • March 25 – May 6, 2019 (a portion of this cohort CAN be completed in-person at the TxDLA Conference, if desired and for an additional fee. There is also an ONLINE only course offered during this period as well.)

Price: $600.00 for the online only certification
OR $995 for the conference registration and certification package (March cohort only)

Certification Program Includes:

  • 31 hours of online classwork.
  • Facilitated by a Certified Accessibility Specialist, with contributions from several TxDLA specialists in accessibility.
  • Capstone project with both peer and instructor review.
  • Participants assigned to a small group for one interactive assignment during the first 10 days. Discussions must be revisited for replies and interaction throughout the duration of the course. The remainder of the course is self-paced.

Topics Include:

  • Definition of disabilities
  • The current compliance issues identified by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and US Department of Justice; WCAG 2 level standards; compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Understanding of common issues and current legal developments in the Disability Rights Movement
  • NEW! Exploring administrative issues including establishing institutional accessibility statement and policy,  processes to procure accessible resources, reducing complaints, responding to OCR complaints and investigations and establishing corrective action plans
  • Hands-on experience with online tools, software, and assistive technology to understand the definition and application of reasonable accommodations
  • Application of Universal Design for Learning and inclusive environments
  • Creation of a Capstone project demonstrating knowledge of laws, current issues in online accessibility, practical knowledge of accommodations and assistive technology

The Certification Programs will be limited to the first 20 participants.

**March 25 Optional TxDLA Conference Registration and Certification Package Includes all of the above PLUS:

  • Mon., Mar. 25 workshop from 12:30 to 4pm – attendance required in person
  • Tuesday, March 26 through Thursday, March 28 – in person sessions on accessibility (opportunity to choose from several sessions on accessibility)
  • 31 hours of online classwork, in addition to conference sessions
  • Online Portion and Monday Workshop Facilitated by a Certified Accessibility Specialist, with contributions from several TxDLA experts in accessibility
  • Capstone project with both peer and instructor review
  • March 25 – May 6 online course is open
  • Annual membership in TxDLA
  • Includes all breakout, general sessions, exhibit hall entrance – see the 2019 TxDLA Conference website for details on the conference
  • Meals included: 1st day evening reception, 2nd day breakfast & lunch, 3rd day lunch & dinner, 4th day mid-morning break

“More and more academic institutions are realizing the need to address accessibility,” states Raymond Rose, TxDLA’s Public Policy Committee Chair and President of Rose & Smith Associates. Rose, an advocate for accessibility for blended and online learning, author and frequent presenter on the issue is one of several committee members and expert presenters for the Certification Program.

“As enforcement actions, complains, and lawsuits increase, institutions have become aware of the need to improve accessibility in online education,” Rose emphasizes.

Disclaimer: Electronic Accessibility is an ever-changing craft, combining both art and science. The TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certification indicates successful completion of a rigorous 5-week online accessibility training program as of the certification date. However, TxDLA does not guarantee the quality of any products produced by the certified individual, and cannot be responsible for any issues that may arise as a result of information that is received from this certification training.

Hurry! Seats fill up quickly!January 20 Course, $600

March 25 Course (online version), $600

March 25 Course PLUS TxDLA Conference Registration Package, $995

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TxDLA, Inc.

823 Congress Ave, Suite 230

AustinTX 78701

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