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Sakai Ra11y (The Review Accessibility Plan)

Phase 2 Funding

Phase 1 Funding


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Start and End Dates

Phase 1 - 09/01/2015 to 08/31/2016
Phase 2 - 09/01/2016 to 08/31/2017


The Sakai RA11Y Plan (Review Accessibility Plan) is an initiative by the small Sakai Accessibility Working Group to commission a substantive review of Sakai’s accessibility by an respected organization with a goal of obtaining a certification, including a VPAT and WCAG2-based review, that would assure potential adopters and current users alike. Sakai has a good history of accessibility but resources are limited and new developments in Sakai need to be reviewed and brought up to standard.

This project has already had success in fundraising $61,000 for its first phase to review and identify Sakai’s accessibility, and that work is ongoing. FARM is an excellent place to fundraise for commitments in time to work on issues for the remediation work associated with responding to the review.

  1. Phase 1 - Commission a comprehensive audit: $61,000 -- fully funded by the Apereo community!
  2. Phase 2 - Respond and remediate items: About $30,000 development work (contracted work OR donated work) and $11,500 for a follow-up assessment. VPAT or WCAG 2 certification statement created.

Current Phase

Phase 1 in completed. 

Phase 2 is in progress.

June, 2015 Project conceived at Apereo 2016 August, 2015 rA11y receives initial funding pledges November, 2015 Vendors considered January, 2016 Contract Signed with SSB Bart June, 2016 Audit results received August, 2016 Work starts on addressing identified issues May, 2017 Final WCAG compliance statement issued by SSB Bart August, 2017 Current version of Sakai has strong WCAG compliance statement


Apereo, Durham Tech University, Longsight Inc., Marist University, Oxford University, Pepperdine University, Tufts University,Brock University, Dr. Charles Severance, University of Virginia and others


Matt Clare, Manager or eLearning, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, Brock University

Resource Status

Phase 1 is currently fully funded!

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Funding contributions toward Phase 2
Working hours (toward development and testing) of 1 hour per week in addition to current Sakai accessibility work

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