Questions for Nazely Kurkjian - Coordinator of Disability, Diversity, and Nontraditional Student Services

Nazely introduced herself on the September 13th Community Call and shared her role in serving students from a variety of backgrounds and services. Feel free to post questions or comments for Nazely to this discussion.

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Hi, could you please share more information about the challenges facing veterans?  What are some of their common accessibility needs?  What features in Blackboard can assist with those particular accessibility needs?

I see the VA has a website about accessibility here:

It's very thorough but doesn't document what particular needs veterans have. 

Lisa, there is a Veterans and Military Affairs Coordinator in my office (University Life). She is better equipped to answer these questions. Her name is Diana Pasterchick. Her email is: 

I've also attached 2 articles (within 1 attachment) that may be helpful - from the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. 


As promised, I’m sharing some resources I hope you find helpful.

Third Party Products & Services - familiarize yourself with important questions you and faculty should ask vendors. Attached to this email is a brief overview of Third Party Products & Services. The following are great resources:


Some additional general resources:


Legal Standards


Technical Standards




Use of Color


Describing Images





Links and Hypertext

Captioning (YouTube content you don’t own): Amara

Audio description tool (YouTube content): YouDescribe

Andrea posted the OER accessibility poster link in the chat: When Open Isn't Accessible

Hope mentioned a possible SUNY-wide contract for ReadSpeaker. To repeat what I said in the chat for those who may have missed: Regarding university wide contracts/agreements with adaptive technologies and vendors who provide accessibility services (e.g., captioning vendors), I am working with colleagues at System Admin to explore options. I would sincerely appreciate any input you have on what products or services you need on your campuses. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions or concerns.

- Nazely Kurkjian



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