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Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered on Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28, 2017 for Full-Day and Half-Day sessions. These workshops are designed to give in-depth training on specific topics.

Monday, February 27, 2017

9:00 AM PST


Inclusive Design Fundamentals for Web and Mobile

Full Day Workshop

Summary

The goal of many designers is to create products that are delightful to use for as many people as possible. This is often called “inclusive design”. To achieve this goal, teams must engage with accessibility from the first moments of the development process. This workshop will introduce several important topics which are best considered during the design phase for a product, such as forms, use of color, navigation, and more. For each topic the following will be provided: a general description, an explanation on how individuals with a disability may be impacted, real-world examples, and a checklist of considerations to look out for. Topics may also include practical exercises to help designers learn how to annotate and critique designs, and to communicate accessibility aspects of their designs to other team members. This workshop is aimed at professionals who take part in the design process for web and mobile sites and applications, such as visual designers, user experience designers, content specialists, product managers, and front-end developers. When they leave, participants will take with them a set of practical exercises and a quick reference guide for inclusive design practices. Attendees will receive a summary / checklist for each major topic covered in the workshop, which will be printed and available in digital format. For each exercise, digital instructions and links to the live page(s) being used as examples will be provided to all participants in addition to paper handouts. For exercises which solely involve a visual component, attendees will be split into groups which each contain at least one sighted user.

Matt is a JavaScript Developer and specializes in teaching development teams to plan, test, and code for accessibility and has helped orchestrate large remediation efforts of complex enterprise applications. He is intrigued by the idea of the computer system as an expression of human neurobiology, and champions the notion that accessible web content is better understood by both humans and computers.

Caitlin is a UX designer her and she is passionate about understanding the users she’s designing for, and she continually strives to incorporate accessibility elements into her work in order to ensure that all users can benefit from inclusive design.

Dennis is a Senior Accessibility Consultant. His background includes web development, inclusive design and product management. Dennis has published numerous articles, led several webinars, and presented at many conferences. As personal projects, Dennis runs a blog on web accessibility, Web Axe, and created an award-winning web-accessible Twitter app, Easy Chirp.

Speakers

  • Dennis Lembree, Deque Systems
  • Matt Isner, Deque
  • Caitlin Geier, Deque Systems
Location
Balboa ABC


Introduction to Mobile Web Accessibility Testing & Development

Full Day Workshop

Summary

In this full-day introduction to mobile accessibility workshop attendees will learn Mobile Web Accessibility, How to Test with Mobile Screen Readers, JavaScript/HTML5/WAI-ARIA/CSS3 Mobile Accessibility Techniques, Mobile Frameworks, Responsive Web Design, Mobile Accessibility Testing Tools, and an Introduction to Native iOS and Android Accessibility Testing. Workshop format is structured to progress from the basics of mobile HTML accessibility through manual screen reader testing, testing of before and after demos of JavaScript/WAI-ARIA forms and widgets, to HTML5 accessibility, and introduction to Native iOS and Android Accessibility Testing. Attendees should bring iOS and Android devices along with their laptops and headphones as there will be hands-on mobile accessibility testing group projects. There will be group accessibility testing and development projects to encourage collaboration and networking among attendees. Group projects will include testing mobile websites for accessibility problems, creating a simple report of issues, comparing test findings with group partners, brainstorming recommendations to fix accessibility issues, and sharing results with the class to prompt discussion. Paul is an Accessibility Evangelist focusing on Mobile Accessibility (Android & iOS) and Modern Web (JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0) Accessibility in Austin, TX. Accessibility consultant for a wide range of enterprise-level, large organizations in a variety of industries including: State/Federal Gov, Higher Ed, Banking/Financial, Insurance, Telecom, Airline, Healthcare, Retail/E-commerce, and Hospitality. Previously worked for Federal Government as Accessibility Manager at Federal Communications Commission (FCC), for State of Texas as Accessibility Specialist at Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), as Web Developer & Instructional Designer/Trainer for University of Texas-Permian Basin and Texas A&M University-Central Texas. Accessibility expertise includes: Mobile Web, Native iOS & Android, Hybrid Apps, Responsive Web Design, HTML5, JavaScript, WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0, and Modern Web development techniques. Registered Apple Developer since 2011. Spends spare time creating iOS apps or learning modern JavaScript development.

Speakers

  • Paul Adam, Deque Systems
Location
Hillcrest ABCD


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

9:00 AM PST


Introduction to Assistive Technology

Full Day Workshop

Summary

Welcome to an introduction to the many types of Assistive Technology available today. This workshop is especially useful to newcomers to the fields of AT and disabilities and those who are first-timers at the CSUN Conference. Participants will gain a general understanding of assistive technology and be able to describe technologies that support participation, communication and learning. You will review how to match appropriate assistive technology features to individuals who need features to support them in the areas of participation, communication and learning. Finally, you will learn about devices and assistive technology solutions that support individual functionality in society or in the individual’s environment and understand how to use a variety of online resources and training opportunities to expand and support their assistive technology knowledge and skills.

Laura is the Assistive Technology Program Manager at Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK). Laura has been with TASK for 19 years, addressing the assistive technology needs of children and adults of all abilities. In 2002, she completed the Assistive Technology Applications Certification Program through California State University at Northridge. She has presented at numerous conferences and created many workshops and webinars related to the field of assistive technology, disabilities and special education throughout the United States. Laura’s passion is teaching the power of assistive technology and finding the right solution for each individual user.

Bernadette earned her MA from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. She is certified by the American Speech-Hearing Association and licensed by the state of California as a Speech Language Pathologist. She has specialized in developing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals with special needs for over 20 years, working closely with families and educational entities to help clients reach their maximum level of communication competence. In 2011, Bernadette created Trivinity Consulting, a company providing customized AAC assessments, therapeutic intervention for AAC users and training for them, their families and professionals to develop quality support systems.

Speakers

  • Laura Simmons-Martinez
  • Bernadette Kennard
Location
Golden Hill AB


Achieving Authentic Communication with AAC: an Implementation Toolkit

Half Day Workshop

Summary

This workshop will review elements of implementation to help participants achieve authentic communication with their clients. Participants will learn about communication, a complex multimodal process, involving the interaction of three elements: functions of communication, the environment, and communication partners. This will include a discussion about how to move beyond requesting and what to do as the communication partner. Additionally, participants will learn about the importance of creating communication opportunities, and how to do so for their clients. Examples will be used throughout the seminar and participants will have hands on experience using several tools to help clients achieve authentic communication.

Belava has worked in the field of Special Education for over 31 years, including 19 years in a school setting, during which she held a few different position, including a Classroom SECA, with an OT department, Vision therapy, and First-5 . She has worked in product development for over 3 years for Mayer-Johnson and the past eight years as an Assistive Technology Professional.

Speakers

  • Belva Holman, Saltillo
Location
Torrey Hills AB


Advanced Mobile Native Accessibility Testing & Development

Full Day Workshop

Summary

In this full-day advanced mobile accessibility workshop attendees will learn Native Mobile Accessibility, How to Test Native Apps with TalkBack for Android and VoiceOver for iOS, Android Native Keyboard Accessibility Techniques, Accessibility Testing with Integrated Developer Environments Android Studio and Xcode, Mobile Simulator and On-Device Testing Techniques, Native Accessibility Testing Tools, and Advanced Native iOS and Android Accessibility APIs. Workshop format is structured to focus specifically on Native iOS and Android apps. Designed to be the second full day advanced native workshop which will build off the first day introduction to mobile web accessibility workshop so attendees will be prepared to learn advanced accessibility testing and development for native only apps on day two. Attendees should bring iOS and Android devices along with their laptops and headphones as there will be hands-on accessibility testing projects and group native app coding exercises using Android Studio and Xcode. Attendees who want to code both iOS and Android should have a macOS laptop with Xcode installed for iOS native apps and Android Studio for developing Android apps. Android Studio is available on Windows and macOS but Xcode is only available on macOS. Windows laptop users should have Android Studio installed. There will be group accessibility testing and development projects to encourage collaboration and networking among attendees.

Paul is an Accessibility Evangelist focusing on Mobile Accessibility (Android & iOS) and Modern Web (JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0) Accessibility in Austin, TX. Accessibility consultant for a wide range of enterprise-level, large organizations in a variety of industries including: State/Federal Gov, Higher Ed, Banking/Financial, Insurance, Telecom, Airline, Healthcare, Retail/E-commerce, and Hospitality. Previously worked for Federal Government as Accessibility Manager at Federal Communications Commission (FCC), for State of Texas as Accessibility Specialist at Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), as Web Developer & Instructional Designer/Trainer for University of Texas-Permian Basin and Texas A&M University-Central Texas. Accessibility expertise includes: Mobile Web, Native iOS & Android, Hybrid Apps, Responsive Web Design, HTML5, JavaScript, WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0, and Modern Web development techniques. Registered Apple Developer since 2011. Spends spare time creating iOS apps or learning modern JavaScript development.

Speakers

  • Paul Adam, Deque Systems
Location
Hillcrest ABCD



1:30 PM PST


Supporting Students with Complex Communication Needs in Today's Classrooms

Half Day Workshop

Summary

It can be challenging providing services to students with Complex Communication Needs (CCN) in Today’s classrooms. When delivering training on the AAC App, Board, or Device in tandem with meeting curricular expectations, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the conflict between content participation and language learning. A struggle that many before us have worked through with the use of strategies such as Engineering the Environment, Natural Aided Language, Descriptive Language, Co-Creation, Scripting, Environmental Communication Teaching, and more. Supporting these strategies through meaningful goals and staff training is critical. Come with a real classroom and students in mind and leave with practical ideas that can be put into place upon your return to school!

Kelly 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.

Speakers

  • Kelly Fonner, Fonner Consulting
Location
Torrey Hills AB