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Accessibility Remediation Specialist


Apply for the Accessibility Remediation Specialist


It’s not well known, but up to 10% of Swarthmore students in any given semester seek out accommodations for a disability. An additional 10% to 20% may have an unidentified disability or may choose not to self-identify.  Our goal is to move toward a model of equivalent access--making all course content accessible, instead of waiting for a request to modify it. Yet academic course content has been created without accessibility in mind. We will be working with professors to make their course content and assignments accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities.

Work may include, but not be limited to: creating accessible digital media, working with HTML (HTML 5, CSS), and/or administering web content systems (Drupal, Wordpress, Moodle). The ideal candidates will enjoy learning new technologies, working collaboratively, and finding solutions to unique challenges.  Digital design and video production skills will be useful but not required.  There is an expectation that you will contribute substantially to the knowledge base of creating accessible electronic documents and to the overall success of this project. 

Interns must be able to complete project work on a deadline, both independently and as a member of a group. Project work will take place throughout June and July. Preference will be given to student workers who are able to work full-time hours (35 hours/week) over the entire project period.  Work will continue during the next year and we hope summer interns will continue work in the Academic year.

Essential skills 

  • Organized
  • Good communication skills
  • Enjoy working collaboratively as well as independently
  • Willingness to document and share lessons learned, and help develop processes and best practices.
  • Comfortable with technology and trying new technology
  • Interested in learning about accessibility, universal design in learning, and creating accessible electronic information

Nice to have

  • Familiarity with HTML and CSS
  • Knowledge of searching Tripod, library electronic resources and open access resources or willingness to learn these skills
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn screen reader technology
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn how to use assistive tools like Kurzwell, Read & Write Gold, etc
  • Knowledge of or willingness to teach others how to use assistive tools. 
  • Willingness to learn about remediation techniques for documents and audio and video files