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Sakai Accessibility Working Group

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This is an open forum for the purpose of addressing accessibility issues in Sakai.
This group is currently focused on developing accessibility goals for Sakai 2.X and Apereo OAE, writing developer guidelines, developing accessibility testing protocols, and identifying resources to perform accessibility testing.

Accessibility Working Group's Responsibilities

The Sakai Accessibility Working Group (WG) is responsible for ensuring that the Sakai framework and its tools are accessible to persons with disabilities. For further elaboration of the WG's responsibilities, please see the Accessibility Working Group Responsibilities Document.

Sakai's Accessibility Status

Sakai CLE

To see the results of Sakai 2.8's Accessibility Review, please see the Sakai CLE Current Accessibility page.

Sakai OAE

Reporting Accessibility Issues

Please feel free to contact Accessibility Team Lead if you have encountered accessibility issues with the Sakai CLE or Apereo OAE. This information is valuable to us and we need your help to understand it. In the email describe the problem in detail, how you expected the tool or function to perform, and suggested remedy. Someone from the Sakai Accessibility Team will look into the issue and then add it to Jira.

Contact Information

If you have a question about Sakai accessibility that isn't addressed in these pages, please contact:

 Accessibility Working Group Lead

Accessibility Presentations

Current Projects of the Accessibility Working Group

To see what the Accessibility WG is working on, please see the working group's teleconference meeting minutes, read the working group's email archive, and visit the working group's projects page.

How to Work with Us

Accessibility Working Group Conference Calls

The Sakai Accessibility Working Group meets by phone every other Thursday at 2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT starting June 15, 2009. For more information (including notes from past meetings), see the Sakai Accessibility Teleconference Information page. To participate:

 Add the next meeting directly to your calendar.

Teleconference Dates

    • January 9, 2014 2:00PM 

    • January 23, 2014 2:00PM

    • February 6, 2014 2:00PM

    • February 20, 2014 2:00PM

    • March 6, 2014 2:00PM

    • March 20, 2014 2:00PM

    • April 3, 2014 2:00PM

    • April 17, 2014 2:00PM

    • May 1, 2014 2:00PM

Web Accessibility Evaluations/Testing and Consultation

The Sakai Accessibility Working Group performs accessibility reviews as part of the Sakai release process. Besides performing these reviews, the group is available at any time for answering questions on accessibility and for performing accessibility evaluations/tests to support Sakai development.

Results from Previous Accessibility Reviews

Sakai CLE

Sakai OAE

What is Web Accessibility and How Does that Relate to Sakai?

Web Accessibility refers to the usability of a website by people of all abilities and disabilities. Accessibility often focuses on people with disabilities and can be viewed as their "ability to access", often through use of assistive/adaptive technology. Many education institutions have a legal requirement, or an administrative policy, to make sure the information technology they produce or purchase have accessible interfaces. Disabilities in this context includes, but is not limited to, persons who are blind or visually impaired, hearing impaired or deaf, have limited dexterity, or in some other manner require the use of adaptive technology. The requirements for accessibility have not been defined at this point, but an increasingly common criterion among institutions of higher education is Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or its equivalent. This legislation, and the spirit of accessibility in general, defines accessibility as the ability of persons with disabilities to "have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of the information and data by such members of the public who are not individuals with disabilities."1

Web Accessibility covers may aspects of user interaction ranging from keyboard navigation (without use of a mouse) to an assisted experience such as a screen reader or voice recognition software. How the interface interacts and behaves depends on the way in which it is coded and how it interacts with the web browser. If, during the creation of the user interface, it was not designed to be accessible and also tested for accessibility, it probably is not accessible and some users may not be able to access information or perform necessary functions.

For more information, see the disability awareness page.

Archived Pages

archive of past reviews, documents, mandates, etc

Accessibility Working Group Index

Can't find what you are looking for? Try looking in the Accessibility Working Group Index.

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  1. I have attached a developer's checklist put together by Gonzalo Silverio and me to summarize accessibility elements for 2.1+

    Mike