Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered on Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18, 2014 for Full-Day and Half-Day sessions. These workshops are designed to give in-depth training on specific topics.

Monday, March 17, 2014

9:00 AM PST


AccessU at CSUN

Full Day Workshop

Summary

Be prepared to learn practical, applicable skills in a series of short focused workshops taught by three of AccessU's most experienced instructors. We will open the day getting to know you by conducting a series of management analysis exercises. We will work together as a whole group to look at a broad range of organizations and scenarios. Next you will craft an accessibility strategy that is right for your organization. You will then begin to separate into smaller groups with common types of interests and goals. Using rubrics and tools to help determine your organizational risks and opportunities, you will assign specific accessibility tasks according to their place in the development cycle and the staff role most likely to be successful managing that role.

Based on the outcome of the opening exercise, you will work for the next part of the day in smaller groups with our three instructors. Throughout the day we will use student polling and input mechanisms to ensure that you are getting the information you need. We want you to leave with tools that you can confidently put to work right away.

Advocacy / Usability Track

Usability has arrived as an important element in digital communications, but where do the needs of users with disabilities get factored in? Understanding the usability patterns of a broad range of users is invaluable in developing and articulating effective policy and protocols. This track is for the big picture folks who may not have strong development or design skills but have responsibility for leading, persuading, and measuring accessibility progress.

Technical Implementation and Management Track

There are many moving parts to the effective integration of accessibility into the development cycle. This track is for product managers, developers and project leads who need to understand the critical points where accessibility can be integrated, what development techniques are most reliable and effective, and resources specific to various development tools.

Responsive Design Track

Learn to use accessibility as a design tool. Accessibility is fundamentally useful and important, but somewhere along the way it got an undeserved reputation for being ugly, costly, and driven only by technical-compliance requirements. Making it an integral part of your design early creates something that is beautiful, inexpensive, and user-experience-driven. When someone with a disability comes across usability issues in your design, they’re likely to be amplified. This track is for the developer / designer and will provide resources for further exploration.

Following the break-out tracks, we will come back together as a group, compare our findings and examine how the pieces fit together into a comprehensive successful accessibility program for organizations of all sizes.

Learning Objectives
  • How to analyze the overarching accessibility landscape of your organization
  • Deepen your understanding of various stakeholder needs, including users with disabilities, internal accessibility advocates, product managers, designers and developers
  • Understand that there are interdependent roles in the big picture of digital accessibility and choose one to explore more deeply
  • Identify strategies, tools and techniques specific to your role - and practice applying them
  • Learn to set goals and measure success

Speaker Bio

Derek Featherstone is an internationally-known speaker and authority on accessibility and web development. He is the lead of Simply Accessible Inc., a leading firm that delivers insightful and creative accessibility consulting to Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions, public utilities, government agencies and other private sector clients.

Sharron Rush is co-founder and Executive Director of Knowbility, a global leader in accessible technology since 1999. Sharron has led Knowbility to national recognition and under her leadership; the organization has won awards from the Peter Drucker Foundation, SXSW Interactive, the Clinton White House and many more. She excels at accessibility training and education and in 2013 was named co-chair of the Education and Outreach Working Group of the Web Accessibility Initiative at the W3C. Sharron is co-author with the late Dr John Slatin of Maximum Accessibility, a foundational web accessibility text.

Evangelizing the growth of universal design as a best practice within large organizations, Elle Waters works on behalf of Simply Accessible with enterprise level clients to build the foundation needed to integrate accessibility into every facet of corporate culture. She's seen amazing things happen, where the user's needs are the primary driver for change and innovation in a large scale web project, where teams succeed in meeting their specific objectives and achieve excellence, and where companies leap ahead of their competition, all by putting accessibility first.

Speakers

  • Derek Featherstone, Simply Accessible
  • Sharron Rush, Knowbility, Inc.
  • Elle Waters, Simply Accessible
Location
Balboa A

1:30 PM PST


Utilizing Assistive Technology to Promote Success for Students with Disabilities in Higher Ed Settings

Half Day Workshop

Summary

This session will outline an interactive interview process that assesses the challenges students with disabilities have with completing tasks in an academic setting and helps you to develop a toolbox of potential high-tech, low-tech and no-tech strategies to implement with students who have specific learning challenges.

You will work collaboratively with other participants to create a plan to address the challenges for students with specific disabilities, identify student strengths, connect technology strategy to tasks, and discover how the plan can be adapted as a student accesses different academic and employment environments.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will develop a toolbox of potential high-tech, low-tech and no-tech strategies to implement with students who have specific learning challenges
  • Participants will be able to connect student strengths, motivation and future work skills to technology strategies
  • Participants will be able to utilize an interactive interview process to assess the challenges students with disabilities have with completing tasks in an academic setting and connect technology to those tasks
  • Participants will be able to create a technology plan that can be adapted as the student moves through different academic, employment, and career environments
  • Participants will be able to determine if student issues are due to the need for accessibility and accommodation or supplementary technology training

Speaker Bio

Patrice Wheeler has been an Assistive Technology Specialist at the community college and university levels since 1998. Her background is in education with an emphasis in Special Ed. Patrice has also earned an ATACP and has been a RESNA ATP. She has experience in training students, faculty & staff on assistive technology, creating accessible formats for academic materials, and collaborating with campus IT to provide access to assistive technology on the CSUN campus. In her current position at CSUN, she meets with students with disabilities to assess their skill level with technology, ensure access to programs and materials, discuss their academic challenges and determine appropriate technology and strategies.

Speakers

  • Patrice M. Wheeler, California State University, Northridge
Location
La Jolla A

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

9:00 AM PST


Introduction to Assistive Technology

Full Day Workshop

Summary

Welcome to an introduction to the many types of Assistive Technology available to us today. The workshop includes a wide discussion of the variety of technology offered in the conference’s Exhibit Hall. This workshop is especially useful to newcomers to the fields of AT and disabilities and those who are first-timers at the CSUN Conference.

Learning Objectives:

  • To have a general understanding of assistive technology and be able to describe technologies that support participation, communication and learning.
  • To be able to describe the process for implementation and the conditions that promotes growth or challenges the implementation process.
  • To have a general understanding of how to match appropriate assistive technology features to individuals who need features to support them in the areas of participation, communication and learning.
  • To be able to describe how to modify the environment or devices to include assistive technology solutions that support individual functionality in society or in the individual’s environment.
  • Understand how to use a variety of online resources and training opportunities to expand and support their assistive technology knowledge and skills.

Speaker Bio

SweATech provides specialized services to schools, companies, professionals, and families. His extensive experience includes assistive technology (AT), augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), technical writing, informal/formal assessments, in addition, working as a contractor for AssistiveWare, University of San Diego, and Specialized Therapy Services.

Nate has a Master’s of Special Education from the University of San Diego with an emphasis in AT and is a Assistive Technology, a Resource Specialist, conducting training, continuing education courses and grant writing.

Speakers

  • Nate Swett, SweATech
Location
Old Town A

Introduction to ARIA and HTML5 (Part One)

Half Day Workshop

Summary

This workshop will present an introduction to ARIA (Advanced Rich Internet Applications) and HTML5. These new specifications provide great opportunities for building highly accessible web content.

Learning Objectives:

  • The tumultuous history of HTML5
  • New elements, attributes, and features in HTML5
  • HTML5 accessibility changes and additions
  • Overview of rich internet application and JavaScript accessibility issues
  • Introduction to ARIA and its roles, states, properties
  • ARIA support (browsers, assistive technologies, scripting libraries)
  • ARIA landmarks
  • Overview of core ARIA roles and properties - labelling, descriptions, application, presentation, alert, required, disabled, invalid, tabindex, etc.

Speaker Bio

Jared Smith is the Associate Director of WebAIM. He is a highly-in demand presenter and trainer and has provided web accessibility training to thousands of developers throughout the world. With a degree in Marketing/Business Education, a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology, and over 13 years’ experience working in the web design, development, and accessibility field, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that is used to help others create and maintain highly accessible web content.

Jonathan Whiting has helped various organizations create a more accessible web presence by providing on-site training, by evaluating the accessibility of their websites and by guiding them through the creation of a system-wide accessibility policy. He has also been invited to give presentations and workshops at internationally-attended conferences. Mr. Whiting received a Master’s of Science in Instructional Technology from Utah State University and a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish from Brigham Young University.

Speakers

  • Jared Smith, WebAIM
  • Jonathan Whiting, WebAIM
Location
Balboa A

An Introduction to Social Media and Accessibility

Half Day Workshop

Summary

This session is aimed at those who wish to learn how to use and teach social media skills accessibly. The workshop will concentrate on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. We will explore several different accessible ways of interacting with these services, present a primer on how these services differ from one another, and also, as a group, use each service during the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • What Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are, and how they differ from one another
  • How to use Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter in a Windows environment with a web browser and screen reader
  • How to use Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter in the mobile iOS environment with voiceover
  • What tips and tricks can be used to overcoming some of the accessibility challenges present in either the mobile or web versions of these social media sites
  • What alternative or related interfaces exist for Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Speaker Bio

Sina Bahram is an accessibility researcher, consultant, and entrepreneur. He is finishing his PhD in computer science at North Carolina State University. His field of research is Human Computer Interaction (HCI) focusing on multi-modal approaches for eyes-free exploration of graphical information. Sina is the founder of Prime Access Consulting (PAC), an accessibility firm whose clients include high-tech startups, Fwortune 500 companies, and museums. Whether wearing his academic or business hat, Sina enjoys devising innovative and user-centered solutions to difficult real-world problems. In 2012, Sina was recognized as one of President Barack Obama's White House Champions of Change for his work in enabling users with disabilities to succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

Speakers

  • Sina Bahram, Prime Access Consulting (PAC)
Location
La Jolla A

1:30 PM PST


Implementing ARIA and HTML5 into Modern Web Applications (Part Two)

Half Day Workshop

Summary

In this afternoon session we will discuss how ARIA and HTML5 can be utilized to create modern, accessible web applications. The session complements the morning's "Introduction to ARIA and HTML5" session, by continuing with more advanced topics and hands-on examples. It is recommended to attend both half sessions as a full day workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • Current and future support for HTML5 and ARIA
  • How to properly handle focus management and keyboard accessibility
  • Workarounds for common browser limitations and assistive technology bugs
  • How to implement common design patterns, such as a modal dialog, a carousel, an expand/collapse
  • How to use ARIA live regions effectively
  • How to implement accessible error handling

Speaker Bio

Steve Faulkner is a Principal Accessibility Engineer at The Paciello Group (TPG). He joined TPG in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at Vision Australia. Steve leads the development of the Web Accessibility Toolbar, aViewer and Color Contrast Analyzer accessibility testing tools. Steve is co-editor of the W3C HTML5 specification, HTML to Platform Accessibility API, Text Alternatives Techniques and Using WAI-ARIA in HTML specifications. He also develops and maintains www.HTML5accessibility.com. Steve has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Sydney and a Post Graduate qualification in Information Technology from Swinburne University.

Hans Hillen has been an accessibility consultant and front end developer with TPG starting 2006. Since then he has built up an expertise in accessibility of complex web applications and UI frameworks. He has been involved with the accessibility of multiple open source projects, such as jQuery-UI and Firebug.

Speakers

  • Steve Faulkner, The Paciello Group
  • Hans Hillen, The Paciello Group
Location
Balboa A

Mobile Access for All with iOS7

Half Day Workshop

Summary

With the iOS software for its mobile devices, Apple provides a number of built-in accessibility features that allow people with a wide range of needs to access and enjoy their iPads, iPhones and iPod touch devices. These built-in features mean that someone with a disability can use his or her device out of the box, without the need to purchase or install any additional software. In this session, you will learn about the latest accessibility features included in iOS 7, the most recent version of Apple's iOS sofware. These features include a built-in screen reader that can read the content in emails, ebooks and websites aloud to someone who is unable to see the screen, magnification for those with low vision, closed captioning support for those with hearing difficulties, text to speech for students with learning disabilities, built-in switch access for those who rely on external adaptive devices, and more. This will be a hands-on session, and you are encouraged to bring your own iPad or iPhone to follow along as the presenter demonstrates each feature. Special attention will be paid to how the iPad and other iOS devices can provide access to the curriculum in educational settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the built-in accessibility features of every iOS device that provide visual, auditory, motor and learning supports for people with a wide range of needs and abilities
  • Introduce applications that are compatible with the built-in accessibility features of iOS devices
  • Practice using the accessibility features of iOS for creative expression through adaptive photography
  • Learn about online resources for information about accessibility on iOS devices

Speaker Bio

As someone who has a visual disability, Luis Perez has experienced firsthand how technology can improve the lives of people with disabilities in a positive and meaningful way. He now shares his personal experience and expertise in the field of inclusive design as a consultant, speaker and author. He is the author of "Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad", from Corwin Press, and his work has appeared in publications such as Journal of Special Education Technology, Teaching Exceptional Children, Closing the Gap Solutions, THE Journal and The Loop Magazine. Luis earned his doctorate in special education from the University of South Florida, and in 2009 he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator. He is currently on the Advisory Board for the ADE program in the U.S.

Speakers

  • Luis Perez
Location
La Jolla A