Preferences for Global Access

What is Preferences for Global Access?

The goal of the Preferences for Global Access project (PGA) is the design and development of web software to assist users with disabilities in creating online user profiles that specify their needs and preferences for how online information and services should be presented to them.

The project is a U S Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research contract for "Profile Creation Support for Cloud-Based Accessibility." It is a collaboration between the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC), IBM's Accessibility Software Division, Raising the Floor International, Inclusive Technologies, and WGBH National Center for Accessible Media

This project builds upon the work of Preferences for Global Access Year 1 (2013) and Preferences for Global Access Year 2 (2014-2015).

What is this team working on?

First Discovery Prototype links

First Discovery Tool Documentation

Explore tool demo (in Draft)

Mailing List

The PGA team uses a mailing list for group communication. To keep up to date on progress and to contribute, please join the global preferences mailing list.

Teams may also communicate via email for messages relevant to their working group. Working group lists and contact information can be found here:

PGA Task 0003 Team Roles and Contact Information

Team Leads
Team:Team Leads


PGA Project Status


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Every Monday 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST


General meeting description

Team leads to meet weekly for a project status report. We will discuss upcoming deliverables, set priorities for remaining tasks, and resolve blockers. Meeting agenda will be sent the proceeding Friday.

All project participants are welcome to attend.

Meeting notes





This is a demonstration of a prototype of the First Discovery Tool. Presented by Shari Trewin on October 20, 2016.



Follow up discussion with NIDILRR

This is the discussion with NIDILRR following the demo. John Tschida, Kristi Hill, Kathy McCoy, and Steve Bauer from NIDILRR participated in the discussion. 

PGA Task 0003 Timeline and Deliverables

1.1aSite Selection CriteriaOctober 31, 2015Complete


Site Selection Report

November 28, 2015



ICT Report

December 14, 2015



Monthly briefings to NIDRR


On Going


Report on deployment challenges

March 30, 2016



Evaluation report

Evaluation presentation

May 31, 2016


4a, 4b

Explore tools and Final Report

September 27, 2016





Working Documents/Resources

FD Tool LanguageThis doc exists as a place to store discussion around wording/language used in the FD tool demo. 

TrackAndPlan - Priority items for final development Sprint

Cognitive Access Guidelines - Strategies

PGA Task 0003 Site Evaluation Matrix

User Needs Questionnaire

First Discovery One Page

An online demo of the First Discovery Tool: 

Deliverable 2b: Dev Challenges Report - DRAFT

Usability dry run notes/Suggested Changes 2/22/16

PGA Stakeholder Discussion Guide

FD Pull request with comments

Deliverable 3: Evaluation Report - DRAFT

First Discovery - GPII Preference Solution Matrix

See Also