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      Access Technology Fair October 14th

      When: October 14, 2022
      Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
      Where: Iowa Department for the Blind Assembly Room
      524 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

      Join IDB for the return of our in-person Technology Fair. You will have the opportunity to see the latest in access technology, including braille displays, electronic magnifiers, and more. IDB Access Technology and Library staff will be available to demonstrate and discuss accessible mainstream technologies, the NLS braille e-Readers, BARD, and other technologies.

      Outside vendors include:

      NanoPac, Inc.

      Email: patrick@nanopac.com
      Direct Phone and Text Message: 402–699–4357

      The Low Vision Store-
      1–800–871–8780

      This event is free and open to all.

      For more information please contact:

      Enrique Mejia, Technology Instructor
      Iowa Blindness Empowerment and Independence Center

      at enrique.mejia@blind.state.ia.us or 515–443–3038

      Accessibility 101 for Iowa's Workforce System

      June 13th – August 7th (Self-paced using Google Classroom)

      Registration Link: https://iowadeptblind.wufoo.com/forms/q1f7zcau0ydaly4/

      Registration Due: June 8, 2022 Registration is required, but there is no cost for participation.

      The Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB), through its Instructional Materials Center and Library will be offering an 8 week online, self-paced course focusing on providing an introduction to accessibility topics for Iowa’s Workforce System. The 8 modules will utilize online discussion, self-paced practical assignments, and resources for reference and ongoing learning to give participants knowledge and skills that will help them to make Iowa Works offerings better for all job seekers and businesses.

      Course Outline

      Objective:
      To give participants an introduction to accessibility and universal design that will provide them with practical knowledge and skills that will help them to create materials, programs, and services that can be accessed by all job seekers.

      Wednesdays at 10:00am - staff will hold office hours to answer questions and provide assistance.

      Modules

      1. Introduction to Class and Google Classroom

      2. Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) for Workforce Development
        A. Relevant laws and policies
        B. Introduction to Accessible Formats

      3. Introduction to Accessibility
        A. What is accessibility? How do you design for accessibility and access?
        B.Introduction to POUR (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust)

      4. Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
        A. What is UDL and why it is important when designing programs and services

      5. Introduction Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
        A. Section 508 Compliance and WCAG 2

      6. Document Accessibility
        A. Creating accessible documents and presentations
        B. Styles, Links, Images, Design

      7. Introduction to Screen Readers
        A. The what and the how of screen readers

      8. Testing for Accessibility
        A. Resources and tools to test content to ensure it is accessible and ready for all

      For More Information,

      For more information about this course, email sarah.willeford@blind.state.ia.us

      For more information about the Iowa Department for the Blind, visit https://blind.iowa.gov

      Director's Forum Moving To the 4th Tuesday of the Month

      Thank you to those who participated in our survey. The majority voted for the 4th Tuesday of each month. This means that the next Director's Forum will be held on Tuesday, May 24th. The connection info is below. If you are not' able to attend in person, the report portion will be release as a podcast. You can also send questions to be answered in the report portion and podcast to emily.wharton@blind.state.ia.us.

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