In 2016, Wichita State entered an agreement with the National Federation of the Blind. The requirements of that agreement include mandatory annual accessibility training on the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and issues associated with accessibility. Last year, the mandatory training was called “Ability Ally.” This year, the training is different.
Instructional Design and Access (IDA) has compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding the mandatory accessibility requirement. If you have any additional questions, please email them to Instructional Design and Access, or send them to your chair or dean.
- “Why do I have to have more accessibility training?” The agreement with the NFB requires training to be done no less often than annually.
- “I went to the Academic Resources Conference and did the accessibility track. Do I have to do this online training as well?” No. Your name has been reported to Human Resources as having met your mandatory accessibility training for the 2018-19 academic year.
- “Who created this training?” Instructional Design and Access with close oversight from the Accessibility Committee.
- “The training refers to there being technical instruction available through MyTraining but I don’t see it. When will it be available?” Additional training will be available soon. In the meantime, you can go to the accessibility pages in the IDA website to access specific, technical instruction.
- “Is this year’s training the same as Ability Ally?” No. Ability Ally was largely disability awareness training. This training goes in depth on issues associated with accessibility specifically.
- “Is there a difference between the ‘staff’ and ‘faculty’ trainings?” Yes. All faculty should take the faculty training. Staff are welcome to take either the staff or faculty training, although the faculty training is slightly more in depth.
- “This training will not launch. Who can help me?” You can email Instructional Design and Access with questions about launching the training, although the first step would be to try changing your browser and turning off pop-up blockers.
- “How long does the training take?” Approximately one hour. It can be done in multiple viewings, and once you meet the completion criteria (indicated at the top of the slide), your name will be recorded as having taken the training.
- “This training is not accessible to me. Who should I contact?” The training is voiced, and each slide has the notes available for reading. If this is still not accessible to you, please contact Instructional Design and Access so we can work to improve the overall presentation for everyone as well as offer you any necessary accommodations.