Campus: CSU Fresno -- August 7, 2002
Fresno State Takes Leading Role in Promoting Web
Staff members from two California State University, Fresno offices have
teamed up to write, produce and film a video on Web accessibility that
features personal insights from disabled students who are Web users.
The video, “Web Accessibility – Access For All,” is
the first of its kind in the California State University system and
was funded by the CSU to provide the 23 campuses with an introduction
and resources to help start solving access problems.
The project was conceived and coordinated by Candace Lee Egan, Fresno
State’s Web manager, and Ruth Saludes, publications and publicity
coordinator of the Services for Students with Disabilities office. The
video was produced through a grant from the CSU Center for Distributed
Learning and Community of Academic Technology Staff.
The 10-minute VHS video, which is being distributed this month to CSU
campuses, is available to any government or commercial group, said Egan.
“The video is aimed at the university community because we have
such a broad public that uses our Web sites, but the user experiences
and techniques recommended apply to any Web site,” said Egan.
In addition to discussing the importance of Web accessibility, the video
features four Fresno State students with disabilities who explain and
demonstrate the problems they face in accessing the Web. Students with
various disabilities (deaf, blind, limited vision and limited mobility)
offer insights to Web designers and faculty on how to make Web pages
Shee Yee Xiong, a blind student, said that a screen-reading software
program that reads the page on the screen is essential for him.
“Without that, I could not use the Web at all,” he said.
Egan said the awareness campaign on the need for Web accessibility is
still in the early stages nationwide. But as Web designers and software
companies become aware of the issues, sites are being designed or redesigned
to improve accessibility.
California State University, Fresno’s main Web page, www.csufresno.edu
is undergoing redesign and has been made more accessible, Egan said.
Copies of “Web Accessibility – Access for All” may
be ordered at www.csufresno.edu/webaccess/video.htm.
Also available is a presenter’s guide, PowerPoint files and outlines
for workshops and presentations to groups.
Fresno State has received a new grant to produce a second, follow-up
video. It will feature disabled students with detailed demonstrations
of the software they use and the problems they encounter. It will be
released in September.
For more information on Fresno State’s Web accessibility efforts
or a copy of the video, contact Egan at (559) 278-5070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press Contact: Shirley Melikian Armbruster (559) 278-2795