Illinois Center for Information Technology Accessibility

Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign


Upcoming Teleconferences

No planned teleconferences

Previous Teleconferences

Blackboard, 2009-04-06 at 2:30 PM EDT; 1:30 PM CDT; 12:30 PM MDT; 11:30 PM PDT
Blackboard, 2009-03-02 at 2:30 PM EST; 1:30 PM CST; 12:30 PM MST; 11:30 PM PST
Blackboard, 2009-02-24 at 3:00PM EST; 2:00PM CST; 1:00PM MST; 12:00PM PST
Blackboard, 2009-02-02 at 2:30 PM EST; 1:30 PM CST; 12:30 PM MST; 11:30 PM PST
Blackboard, 2009-01-27 at 4:00 PM EST; 3:00 PM CST; 2:00 PM MST; 1:00 PM PST

The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign has started several collaboration initiatives where educational institutions with similar interests work together toward resolving common accessibility issues.

These interest groups work together with software vendors and their development and QA teams to illustrate accessibility problems. Issues identified by our groups educate vendors to understand the problems and provide alternative solutions. Everyone, including the users with disabilities, can benefit from the changes. Some of the interest groups include Course Management system providers such as Blackboard/WebCT and Desire to learn, Library Resource vendors such as Ebsco Publishing, Ex Libris, and Elsevier, and WebMail providers such as MiraPoint. .

Accessibility/usability testers among the members of our interest groups test vendors' software on demo servers provided by the corresponding vendors to identify accessibility problems with upcoming releases. This way, vendors have an opportunity to identify accessibility problems and address them before the software is released publicly.