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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—proactively making all course content accessible, instead of waiting for a request to modify it. Historically, academic course content has been created without awareness or knowledge of accessibility. 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 is not be limited to: 

  • Assessing quality of remediated documents

  • Training other Swarthmore constituents on document remediation

  • Creating accessible digital media

  • Working with HTML (HTML5, CSS)

  • Administering web content systems (Drupal, WordPress, Moodle)

  • Working with the community to evaluate and remediate course materials 

The ideal candidates will enjoy

  • Developing teaching and facilitation skills

  • Engaging in 360 feedback

  • Learning new technologies

  • Working collaboratively

  • Finding solutions to unique challenges

Candidates must have a desire to learn and an interest in access to education for all. 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. 

Students must be able to complete project work on a deadline, both independently and as a member of a group. They must be able to work on-site in chunks of time no shorter than two hours. 

Essential Skills

  • Organized

  • Detailed

  • Excellent 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

  • Willing to try new technology

  • Interested in learning about accessibility, universal design in learning, and creating accessible electronic information

  • Comfortable creating audio recordings

  • Willingness to create video recordings

  • Ability to learn how to create accessible content using tools such as Office, Google Suite, Pages, etc.

Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge of searching Tripod, library electronic resources and open access resources

  • Knowledge of screen reader technology

  • Knowledge of how to use assistive tools like Kurzwell, Read & Write Gold, Acrobat, VoiceOver, NVDA, JAWS, etc

  • Ability and willingness to teach others how to use assistive tools.

  • Knowledge of remediation techniques for documents and audio and video files