Initiative for Web Accessibility
DSS is working with the State of Alaska ADA Coordinator's Office, the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, ATLA and others to provide training through a series of workshops aimed at web developers and application designers across the State. The pilot training was held in Anchorage in May 2008 with trainings twice per year since. Visit the Alaska Web Accessibility Training site to learn more.
Additionally, DSS is working with the UAA Web Pros to implement the 2010 Chancellor's Web Standards and Design project and with the GOALS project to evaluate our institutional capacity to ensure accessible online offerings. Learn more about UAA Web Accessibility Efforts or Learn more about UAA Web Publishing
Supporting Students with Disabilities
Disability Support Services is currently partnering with the Center for Human Development on TAPESTRY which is a model demonstration project aimed at creating a comprehensive postsecondary transition program for students with intellectual disabilities.
Disability Support Services partnered with the Center for Human Development on the grant funded College Access Project for Rural Alaska (CAPRA, 2005-2009). The million dollar project provided training and technical assistance to adjunct and full-time faculty on the smaller campuses to improve knowledge, understanding, and classroom delivery to accommodate students with disabilities. Much of the Accessibility site was built through a no-cost extension at the close of CAPRA to offer sustainable access to the Universal Design training materials.
Sharing Resources: Technology and Expertise
Disability Support Services is committed to serving as a resource for the community by providing adaptive technology for students attending UAA, as well as production services for educational institutions and entities serving individuals with documented disabilities.
DSS at UAA also provides Alternate Format Material production and/or TypeWell meaning-for-meaning realtime communication access for the Anchorage School District, the Mat-Su Borough School District, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as well as UAA and UAS campuses.