NORASIST Program on Accessible Design for the Web

Northern Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Information Science and Technology (NORASIST)

Annual Business Meeting and Program


Accessible Design for the Web:

Legal Requirements, Standards, and Design Tips


David Robins
Assistant Professor, Kent State University
Information Architecture and Knowledge Management


Monday, September 17, 2007

6-8 p.m.  –  We will elect officers for 2007/2008

Light meal and refreshments will be provided


Join us at the newly-renovated

Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library

2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 (for directions and map go to )

Enjoy a tour of the facility following the program


One year ago, a federal judge ruled that retail stores with an online presence can be sued if their web site is not accessible to the blind. Although federal law (Section 508 of the American Rehabilitation Act) pertains primarily to federal agencies, it is now obvious that all organizations with a web presence are subject to legal recourse in content on their web sites is not accessible. Dr. Robins will discuss legal requirements and standards for accessibility, and how to design sites that are accessible.


David B. Robins is an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Program in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) at Kent State University. He teaches courses in information design, information architecture, usability and content management systems. He is conducting research in usability, and the impact of aesthetics on web site credibility and usability. Dr. Robins has an undergraduate degree from Colorado State University (Bachelor of Fine Arts), a Master of Science (Library Science) from the University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of North Texas.


For Reservations, contact: Penny O’Connor, 4534 Grayton Road, Cleveland OH 44135 (216)676-4859


ASIST has some pretty interesting programs.  Check them out to see if you have a chapter in your area @

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