How open Is open source? How accessible is digital writing? I propose a session on what makes digital texts accessible or inaccessible to disabled readers.
I will introduce participants to one form of assistive technology used by readers with print disabilities (blindness, low vision, and dyslexia): screen-reading software. Using free demos, I will give participants an opportunity for hands-on experience with this software.
Drawing upon my experience as a participant in a recent two-day Accessible Future workshop, I will familiarize participants with some factors in web design and text archiving that enhance the accessibility of digitized materials. I will introduce them to WAVE, a web accessibility evaluation tool and invite them to use it to assess the accessibility of a few sites, including thatcamp.org.