TELR Director Recognized for Web Accessibility Efforts

Article by Sally Hritz
Originally published in a different format

Last fall, five members of the university community received awards for their contributions to a more accessible campus environment through Web site design. TELR Director Steve Acker was among the five honorees, recognized by the OSU Partnership Grant, "in appreciation of TELR’s ongoing service and support in creating a more accessible environment through technology."

Acker accepted the award on behalf of all TELR staff, saying that he feels the award reflects our organizational commitment to universal access. He continued, "Early on, OIT/TELR Web page developer Cheryl Thrams pushed for the creation of a text-only version of the OSU home page, and that’s what brought the issue to the forefront in our thinking. From that time on, TELR has maintained a Web accessibility focus. We have partnered with the Web Accessibility Center on various projects and scheduled back-to-back, complementary ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and TELR conferences that enabled us to jointly register people last November. We even featured the same keynote speaker, Sheryl Burgstahler, director of the University of Washington’s DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Program for both events."

The awards reception in October was sponsored by the OSU Partnership Grant, which seeks to increase awareness of issues related to students with disabilities. The partnership is a collaboration of the Office for Disability Services, TELR, Faculty and TA Development, the Nisonger Center and the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator’s Office.

The four members of faculty and staff who also received awards for excellence in accessible Web design for people with disabilities were Robert Arnold, Art Education, for a course Web site; Ted Hattemer, Office of University Relations, for the OSU home page; Nancy O’Hanlon, University Libraries, for a distance-learning course site; and Diane Welch, UNITS, for a departmental page of available services.

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