As we enter fiscal year 2018/19, we are seeing a greater level of acceptance of the need to make instructional materials accessible. In some pockets, we are beginning to see many of the easier-to-remediate files- Word and PowerPoint - made accessible. It is at this point, as we look forward, we see the work expanding outside of the academic departments.
Some of the files we received for the workshop were from the Office of Human Resources as they are interested in making their forms and paperwork more accessible. This will be an area for more work next fiscal year.
The library has also made a decision to make their online course reserves accessible. The library scans anywhere from 300 to 600 items for e-reserve each semester. Currently, they are scanned as PDFs, but not made accessible, which means they are just pictures of book or article pages. The library is going to have Library Specialist Pamela Scott, a grad student, and two undergrads trained on remediating PDFs. While this will increase the time of adding course reserves, it will improve the accessibility of course materials.
There is also interest by Monica Kroft in the Provost's Office in thinking about office procedures and making them more accessible. Things like colors of handouts and forms, as well as attachments to emails. At this point it is difficult to say what these procedures will be until we meet more with Ms. Kroft.
There has also been greater interest in making the website more accessible. There has been much previous work moving towards this, and in the next year we hope to use an accessible html editor for the website. The library has also been working on their website to fix any accessibility issues.