Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered on Monday, March 2 and Tuesday, March 3, 2015 for Full-Day and Half-Day sessions. These workshops are designed to give in-depth training on specific topics.

Monday, March 2, 2015

9:00 AM PST


Technology and Strategies to Enhance and Support Student Notetaking and Study Skills

Half Day Workshop

Summary

With the majority of people from preschool to adulthood (60% to 91%) owning at least one mobile piece of technology, it is not surprising that utilizing technology effectively to support student learning is one of the most talked about topics in education. This session will explore cross platform technology tools as well as high tech, low tech, and no tech strategies designed to support student learning and develop effective notetaking and study skills. Many of these tools are free or low-cost and some technologies are built into the devices we already own.

Using different hands-on learning activities, participants will work collaboratively to explore technology tools and strategies for notetaking and studying, connecting these tools to specific tasks. Information gained from these learning activities will be aligned to student strengths for developing training methods that motivate students to use these tools. We will discuss and discover how these tools can be adapted as students access different academic and employment settings. Links to selected apps and software presented will be provided prior to the session and participants are encouraged to view these resources and bring their technology to the session.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will explore high-tech, low-tech, no-tech tools and strategies to use with students to develop effective notetaking and study skills.
  • Participants will be able to connect student strengths, motivation, and future work skills to technology strategies for notetaking and study skills.
  • Participants will be able to assess the challenges students with disabilities have with taking lecture notes and developing effective study skills and recommend appropriate tools for those students.
  • Participants will collaborate in hands-on activities to connect technology and strategies to specific notetaking and study skills tasks and discover how these tools can be adapted as students access different academic and employment settings.

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
Torrey Hills AB


Beyond Code and Compliance: Integrating Accessibility Across The Development Life Cycle

Full Day Workshop

Summary

Software development groups often focus on coding to standards to achieve accessibility compliance. This is almost never enough. In addition, this focus can be costly to schedules and budgets. To be successful, accessibility must be an integral part of the development lifecycle, from management commitment, vision, and planning, through design and coding, to testing, documentation and delivery. The cornerstone of accessibility is understanding the needs of all users, including users with disabilities, and applying accessible user experience principles to meet their needs. In this workshop, The Paciello Group (TPG) will explore ways for integrating accessibility into software development. Whether you work in a large or small organization, follow an agile or waterfall process, are experienced or just starting out, this workshop will guide you toward reliably developing accessible and usable products. Drawing from TPG's work with financial institutions, IT companies, universities, government agencies, AT companies, and many others, in-depth walkthroughs of real client case studies will provide insights and lessons learned. Integrating accessibility relies on a diverse set of skills across the product-development spectrum, so this workshop is structured to be inclusive and engaging to all skill sets and levels. Your participation will be encouraged through group interaction and shared experiences as TPG explores the process of building not only an accessible software product, but a culture that sustains cost-effective, ongoing delivery of accessible products. Join TPG developers, user experience specialists, project managers, writers, and testers for a full day of exploring in depth how to integrate end-to-end accessibility into an organization's development workflow to ensure a positive experience for all users. Presenters Mike Paciello, Karl Groves, Henny Swan, Joshua Marshall, Leonie Watson, Steve Faulkner, Shane Paciello, Billy Gregory, Hans Hillen, and Patrick Lauke will share successes and lessons learned from past projects to ensure that all attendees, regardless of their practice or skill level, understand the roles they play in creating an accessible digital product.

Level of Workshop

Beginner

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of how to integrate accessibility into every phase of product lifecycle: from planning to design, development, launch, and maintenance.
  • Gain a firm understanding of what’s expected from each stakeholder in a project and the role they play in ensuring a successful launch.
  • Learn how to cultivate an environment that encourages the creation of accessible applications and how to sustain it.

Speaker Bios

For over 12 years, Karl has dedicated his professional life to helping businesses create structurally sound web experiences that are also a delight to use. He has taught web standards and accessibility best practices to design, development, QA, and product teams from some of the largest E-Commerce and software companies in the world.

Steve is the Senior Web Accessibility Consultant and Technical Director, TPG Europe. He joined The Paciello Group in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at Vision Australia. He is the creator and lead developer of the Web Accessibility Toolbar accessibility testing tool. Steve is a member of several groups, including the W3C HTML Working Group and the W3C Protocols and Formats Working Group. He is an editor of several specifications at the W3C including HTML 5.1, Using WAI-ARIA in HTML and HTML5: Techniques for providing useful text alternatives. He also develops and maintains HTML5accessibility.

As Senior Accessible User Experience Engineer with The Paciello Group, Henny has a focus on UX, multimedia and mobile. She has experience with integrating accessibility into large organizations having previously worked on governance, internal standards and formalising accessibility into agile development proceeses at BBC.

Léonie is Senior Accessibility Engineer at The Paciello Group. She joined the team in 2013, after more than a decade at Nomensa. Léonie is a member of the W3C HTML Working Group and HTML Accessibility Task Force. She is Chair of the British Computer Association of the Blind, and co-author of BS 8878 Web Accessibility Code of Practice. Léonie also writes for Net magazine, and talks at conferences about accessible technology.

Speakers

  • Karl Groves, The Paciello Group
  • Henny Swan, The Paciello Group
  • Steven Faulkner, The Paciello Group
  • Léonie Watson, The Paciello Group
Location
Hillcrest AB



1:30 PM PST


iOS Devices and Apps as Transformational Tools for Education

Half Day Workshop

Summary

The iPad and other iOS devices provide not only built-in accessibility options for people with a wide range of special needs, but also support for a growing collection of apps that complement those accessibility features. Other factors such as the portability of the device and its social acceptability have made the iPad a popular choice (some have called it a “game changer”) for students with special needs. Of course, the downside to having so much choice is that it can be at times overwhelming to educators looking to choose the appropriate technology for their students. What are needed then are frameworks to guide educators in the selection of appropriate apps that will not only meet the basic needs of their students but also help them thrive in all areas of their lives. In this session I will focus on one such framework that I have developed to promote more transformative uses of the iPad with students who have special needs. I call it the nABLE framework, and it builds on two existing frameworks: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the SAMR model. The session will begin with a quick review of the Universal for Learning framework and its three key principles for developing a more flexible curriculum that addresses learner variability in a systematic way. Next, I will provide an overview of the SAMR model developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. This is a model that emphasizes the transformative use of new technologies such as the iPad and the apps it supports. In the context of students who have special needs, a transformative use of technology would move us beyond “assistive” technology and into truly “empowering” technology. When technology is used in a transformative way, it provides an outlet for creative expression and allows all students to find their own voice in order to disrupt preconceived ideas about ability and disability. This is the goal behind the nABLE framework: to encourage more creative uses of technology by people with disabilities. During the session, I will share my videos and photography as an example of how someone with a disability (I am legally blind) can use new technologies for personal expression and advocacy. After I introduce the nABLE framework and the philosophy behind it, I will spend the rest of the session focusing on how to implement it through the built-in accessibility features of the iPad along with a number of apps that facilitate collaboration and content creation. For each level of the model, I will do a brief demonstration of the iPad features or apps that are appropriate for that level. I will then provide participants with some time to experience the apps and to create some content with them. At the end of the session, I will allow some time for participants to share what they have created as well as ideas for application with their own students (or children in the case of parents).

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and use a number of built-in accessibility features of iOS devices to enable learners to overcome barriers in the learning environment.
  • Evaluate and select apps for learners with special needs using a framework based on the Universal Design for Learning principles and the SAMR model of technology integration.
  • Use content creation apps on iOS devices to provide creative expression to learners of different levels of ability.

Level of Workshop

Beginner

Speaker Bio

Luis Pérez received his doctorate in special education from the University of South Florida. Luis is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press. In recognition of his accomplishments in the field of educational technology, Luis was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009. He is currently on the Advisory Board for the ADE program in the U.S. and he is also the Professional Learning Chair of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). His work has appeared in publications such Teaching Exceptional Children, Closing the Gap Solutions, THE Journal, and The Loop Magazine. In addition to his work in educational technology, Luis is an avid photographer whose work has been featured in The App Whisperer website, the New York Times Bits Blog and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Speakers

  • Luis Pérez, Independent Consultant
Location
Torrey Hills AB


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

9:00 AM PST


Accessible Documents

Half Day Workshop

Summary

This half day workshop will provide an overview of general document accessibility features and will focus on Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents. Topics include the proper use of headings, proper list structure, the differences between an accessible Word document and PowerPoint document, how both Word and PowerPoint convert to tagged accessible PDF and general checkpoints for accessibility based on legislative and standard criteria.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the basic elements of an accessible document.
  • Understanding of navigational structures in documents.
  • Understand how well-structured document design relates to accessibility.
  • Learn techniques for optimizing documents for accessibility.

Speaker Bio

Karen McCall, M.Ed. has written several books on creating and working with accessible documents as well as books on how to use Microsoft applications from the Keyboard. “Accessible and Usable PDF Documents: Techniques for Document Authors” is currently in its third edition. Karen has received the Microsoft MVP [Most Valued Professional] Award for her work with Microsoft Word for the past six years, focusing on the accessibility of the application and on creating accessible documents. She is also a Canadian delegate to the ISO/TC 171 committee that that develops the PDF/UA standard for accessible PDF documents.

Speakers

  • Karen McCall, Karlen Communications
Location
Torrey Hills AB


Introduction to ARIA and HTML5

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
Hillcrest AB


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 assistive technology, including the vast array seen here at the CSUN conference. This workshop is especially useful to newcomers to the fields of AT and disabilities and those who are first-timer CSUN Conference attendees.

Learning Objectives

  • To have a general understanding of AT use for a variety of disability types and be able to describe technologies that support participation, communication and learning throughout the lifespan.
  • To be able to describe the process for AT assessment, acquisition, implementation and follow-up.
  • To have a general understanding of addressing AT and environmental conditions in order to promote continued growth or addresses challenges within 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.
  • To have a general understanding how to use a variety of online resources and training opportunities to expand and support AT knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • To have an understanding of the various employment options as an AT professional.

Speaker Bio

Rebecca Cagle, MS ATHS, is a student services coordinator at the University of North Texas’ Office of Disability Accommodation. She oversees the campus student text conversion and AT. She has experience working in postsecondary disability services since 1996. Before working in Higher Education, she taught high school students with learning disabilities, provided services to Lighthouse for the Blind, worked in severe burn rehabilitation research, and developed cognitive skills projects at a traumatic brain injury clinic. Rebecca received her master’s degree in Assistive Technology and Human Services from CSUN, her bachelor’s in Rehabilitation Science from UT Southwestern Medical Allied Health Sciences, and received a certificate in Life Care Planning. Rebecca serves on the Freedom Scientific advisory committee and Elsevier Accessibility Collaboration Group.

Speakers

  • Rebecca Cagle, University of North Texas
Location
Golden Hill AB



1:30 PM PST


5 Steps to Successful Implementation of AAC Apps in the Classroom

Half Day Workshop

Summary

AAC implementation doesn’t come with an app download. Whether your individual who wants to communicate with an augmentative tool is using a free or simple AAC App or one that is complex or costs hundreds of dollars, user strategies probably aren’t as easy as the click to “install” button. Well, we don’t want you to get discouraged and think that you need to “swipe” to download another app! Let Kelly and Scott share with you the steps to success that they’ve used in real classrooms and other environments with real people, working really hard, with real kids and young adults. These strategies have been blended over the years from a variety of AAC device implementation approaches and updated for today’s AAC apps and together they are ready to walk you through the process. Step 1) Have a Plan> Seems simple? As many times as staff try over the years to “fly by the seat of their pants”, even the best of the best don’t do it that way. This workshop will begin with an overview of the different classroom based implementation strategies that are available, giving you a foundation of choice for your variety of students. Step 2) Everybody Onboard> Seems simple? This section is about all the stakeholders who make “and break” the implementation of AAC in the situation. How to bring them around and, how you can see it their way. Step 3) Teaching Communication> Again, seems simple? Are you sensing a theme? Everyone needs to know where the student is headed communicatively, not just the SLP. And that using your AAC needs to be taught during a real activity in a real setting, not just at a table being fed to touch a button. Steps 4&5) well, you just have to join them and find out. This session is about implementation, not about programming apps or downloading your "fav's". It's about the real work that we need to do; how to provide the implementation services of AAC; to make AAC a success for absolutely everyone who want to communicate.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to list a minimum of 5 AAC implementation strategies.
  • Participants will be able to work with staff to improve their partner strategies with the individuals who use AAC by creating a partner set of strategies to follow.
  • Participants will be able to create a plan to involve all staff in the implementation of an AAC app/device for client/student.
  • Participants will develop environment appropriate, desirable and quantifiable scripts for a client/student to use their AAC app/device within a typical setting.

Level of Workshop

Beginner

Speaker Bios

Kelly Fonner, MS is a self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. Since 1986, she has presented to schools, universities & families in 48 US states & internationally in Australia, Canada and South Africa. She presents on a wide range of topics including technology integration, augmentative communication, computer access, literacy, electronic writing, organizers, assistive technology assessment and implementation strategies. Kelly has a B.S. in special education from Millersville University, an M.S. in educational technology with a minor in special education/rehabilitation technology from The Johns Hopkins University, and holds an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate of Learning from CA State University - Northridge. She has pursued additional study in adult and urban education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Scott has been working with individuals with disabilities for the past 33 years. The past 29 years have involved implementing assistive technology at various levels. Scott continues to assist teams and individuals in assessing student’s assistive technology needs. His teaching certifications are in Early Childhood Handicap, Cognitive Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities. His MA.Ed is in Curriculum and Instruction. Scott also works with universities and has assisted in reorganizing their curriculum to infuse technology throughout the teacher preparation experience. He also consults with individuals and businesses to determine adaptations that are needed in workplace settings. Scott’s focus areas in assistive technology include computer access, and technologies that assist those with cognitive and learning disabilities. He also focuses on implementing Universal Design for Learning concepts in the classroom.

Speakers

  • Kelly Fonner, Fonner Consulting
  • Scott Marfilius, Marfilius Consulting
Location
Torrey Hills AB


Implementing ARIA and HTML5 into Modern Web Applications

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 Bios

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

  • Steven Faulkner, The Paciello Group
  • Hans Hillen, The Paciello Group
Location
Hillcrest AB