The CUNY Technology Accessibility Task Force issued a second Request for Proposals on January 17, 2017 for projects to enhance IT Accessibility at CUNY. Responses are due on February 24, 2017.
FUNDED ACCESSIBILITY PROJECTS Round 2
- CUNY IT Accessibility Support Tech Corps (CUNY Assistive Technology Services): Recruit, train, and manage campus-based Accessibility Support Technicians.
- Accessible Web and Content Development Training for CUNY librarians (Office of Library Services and the CUNY Council of Chief Librarians): Accessibility training program for campus library and OLS webpage developers and other content creators.
- OAA Technology Workshops STI Proposal FINAL-1 (Office of Academic Affairs): A pilot technology workshop that will help incoming first year students with disabilities acclimate to CUNY’s enterprise software and understand available AT supports before starting college.
- Making Web Content Accessible in the Academics Section of CUNY.edu (Office of Academic Affairs): A thorough effort to ensure that content on the Academics section of CUNY.edu is accessible. An audit of the website, the training of OAA web editors, and a remediation of existing content.
- A Multimedia FAQ for Students with Disabilities (Office of Academic Affairs): The development of a multimedia resource showcasing foundational and crucial information for students with disabilities at CUNY.
- Designing for All: Universal Design for Learning (LaGuardia): By ensuring that faculty and staff are both (1) aware of UDL concepts and (2) applying UDL when they design learning materials, all LaGuardia students – regardless of their varied physical and learning abilities – will have full access to the resources they need for learning.
FUNDED ACCESSIBILITY PROJECTS Round 1
- Blackboard-based Faculty Accessibility Training (School of Professional Studies): Develop an online, self-paced workshop site in Blackboard for faculty to address accessibility in online education. The creation and implementation of this Blackboard course will be made available to all CUNY campuses.
- Accessible Teacher Certification Online Training (Lehman College): Assess every aspect of Certification modules for accessibility, including video captioning for all video, alt tags for graphics, check/create PDFs for screen reader/readability. Create CUNY handbook/technical resource guide to help make Blackboard/Softchalk courses and modules accessible. Visit the Lehman College: School of Education Online Accessibility website for all resources and recommendations.
- Virtual Desktop Interface Universal Design Environment (College of Staten Island): Support the development of a Virtual Desktop Initiative (VDI) that addresses accessibility to software from any workstation on campus with documentation and video tutorials, testing, as well as on-going support for faculty and students.
- Universal Design and Assistive Technology in CUNY Start (CUNY Start programs at Borough of Manhattan Community College and the College of Staten Island): Incorporate universal design strategies and assistive technology into the CUNY Start reading/writing programs. Track the impact of the initiative and provide information on “lessons learned” for other CUNY Start programs.