Welcome to KSARN

Welcome to the Kansas Accessibility Resources Network (KSARN), an accessibility initiative of Wichita State University in partnership with Kansas State University, Johnson County Community College, Butler Community College, and Cowley County Community College. Our intention is to make this the destination for all things accessibility in the Midwest and beyond. Take a moment to look around and make yourself comfortable.  All blog content on this site is open to everyone, and KSARN resources are free, and all we ask is that you sign up for a partnership account. Paid partnerships are also available to corporate partners who would like to join.

DisabilityIN: Greater Wichita Forum 2019

This webpage provides accessible, real-time versions of the in-person discussion from supporting Carolyn Speer’s presentation on digital accessibility at the DisabilityIN: Greater Wichita Forum, 2019. Any suggestions on how to improve the accessibility of our materials should be sent to the Kansas Accessibility Resources Network at KSARN@wichita.edu. Your Presenter Dr. Carolyn Speer is the Director … Read more

NODA Pre-Conference Accessibility Workshop

This is the webpage supporting the NODA Pre-Conference Accessibility workshop on October 20, 2019 in Houston, Texas.  The session runs three hours and focuses on the following topics: introduction to accessibility, creating accessible digital documents, impairment etiquette, accessible in-person presentation, and  designing programs with a universal design process. We end with an applied activity to … Read more

Accessibility and the Media Center

Notes and resources from my presentation at the Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC) on October 3, 2019. Slides – Accessibility and the Media Center The Media Resources Center at Wichita State University has been providing leadership on campus and around the state in the creation of Accessible learning environments, both online and face … Read more

Accessibility On Your Campus

The Consortium of Title IX and Equity Officers in Higher Ed Conference, 2019 Presentation: “But I Don’t Have One In My Class: Accessibility On Your Campus” This website provides accessible digital versions of all materials handed out or discussed in the October 13, 2019 conference presentation, “But I don’t have One In My Class: Accessibility … Read more

Michael Tilford Conference Presentation: UD and UDL, Training the Trainers

This page provides accessible digital versions of the resources used in the Michael Tilford Conference Presentation: Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning, Training the Trainers. Suggestions for edit should be sent to KSARN@wichita.edu Your Trainers Muffy Walter Email Muffy at muffy.walter@washburn.edu Ben Wolfe Email Ben at ben.wolfe@ku.edu Kelly McClendon Kelly’s LinkedIn Profile Email Kelly … Read more

AHEAD 2019 Equity and Excellence Conference

Conference Presentation: “Comprehensive Accessibility Training Means Training Everyone, Including Students” Updated slides The slides used in the July 12, 2019 in-person conference session were updated versions: The updated slides are available for download here. Your presenter Carolyn Speer Ph.d., CPACC is the Manager of Instructional Design and Access (IDA) at Wichita State University.  Her office … Read more

How do I Determine if a Resource is Accessible?

As instructional staff, when we choose resources for our classes, we need to be able to make a judgement about the relative accessibility of a resource. This guide is intended to provide a place to start thinking about these issues — if you have questions, please contact the Instructional Design and Access team at ida@wichita.edu. … Read more

Harvard has a new Web Accessibility Policy

A recent article in the Crimson (Harvard’s student newspaper) reports that the university has introduced a new Digital Accessibility Policy that will go into effect as of December 1, 2019. The policy requires that all web pages that are created or updated substantially after Dec 1, 2019 be compliant with the WCAG 2.1 AA standards … Read more

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When is it best to leave your toys at home?

It will surprise no one that I’m a massive gadget nerd. It’s a rare occasion when I can resist the desire to get my hands on a new tool and need to be able to play with it. It’s a need. An itch. Craving. And I’m sure that in a field full of people who … Read more

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Embossers Aren’t Enough: Picture in a Flash

At Wichita State University, we have been struggling to provide effective tactile graphics for students with visual disabilities for some time now. For years, we have been making do with what we could produce using a braille embosser — most of the embossers on the market have the ability to create simple diagrams that are … Read more

What is KSARN?

The Kansas Accessibility Resources Network (KSARN) is a destination for training, discussion, and free resources for anyone interested in accessibility in higher education. KSARN began out of a desire to ensure public resources stretch as far as they can and no Kansas institution has to go without accessibility training, and today it offers all resources without charge to anyone interested in accessibility anywhere in the world. KSARN is sponsored by Wichita State University. Please send any questions to us at KSARN@wichita.edu.