Showing posts from September, 2016

Dear UC Berkeley,

On September 13, 2016, the University of California, Berkeley published a response to the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation findings regarding the accessibility of their publicly available, free online content. As a hard of hearing individual, California resident, proud University of California alumnae, and long-time public school educator, I am deeply saddened, frustrated, and sickened by their response.

The full 10 page DOJ report is available online. Here is my TL:DR version. A complaint was filed by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and two Deaf individuals against UC Berkeley alleging that their free, publicly available online content is not accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Following an investigation, the DOJ found that "significant portions" of the free, publicly available online content, housed on EdX, YouTube, iTunesU "are not accessible to people with hearing, vision, and manual disabilities."

Here are a few Findings of F…

Deaf Awareness Month Challenge

September is National Deaf Awareness Month. This month, #CreateAccessibility challenges educators to increase awareness and contribute to making online media more accessible for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals by doing one or more of the following.

Display Captions When Showing Videos.  This can be accomplished by pressing the CC button, if present. I always recommend watching a video with captions prior to showing it in class since auto captioning is not reliable. There is a high probability of encountering objectionable content or terribly inaccurate captions with user-generated content on YouTube. The regular display of quality, accurate captions will support all your learners and create a more inclusive learning environment.

1st View, 2nd View, 3rd View Lesson.  We often ask students to complete a first read and then a second read of text with a different perspective or purpose. Take this idea and apply to video. Try watching a short video multiple times by mixing up the inputs…