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Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered on Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20, 2018 for Full-Day and Half-Day sessions. These workshops are designed to give in-depth training on specific topics.

Monday, March 19, 2018

9:00 AM PST


Introduction to Accessible PDFs

Full Day Workshop

Summary

Level: Beginner

Making PDF documents and forms accessible can be a daunting task when you don’t know what tools are available and which is the best one to use for each specific issue.
In this session, participants will be introduced to the various tools available in Acrobat Pro DC. We will walk through the workflow to take a document, convert it to a PDF, and remediate some of the most common tagging issues.
This class is for novices in PDF accessibility and will cover elements such as:

  • Why it is important to have an accessible source document.
  • The various tools in Acrobat Pro DC and how to remediate basic issues in an inaccessible PDF.
  • How to convert a scanned document to an accessible PDF.

The goal for this training is to give participants the basic skills necessary to create an accessible PDF.
This is a hands-on, lab style course so come prepared to do some work. There will be little to no lecture, just demos and practice. Participants will receive a USB drive at the beginning of the session with the practice materials as well as a guide for creating accessible PDFs that can be used after the session.  To participate in the class attendees MUST come with the following:

  • A laptop computer
  • The most current version of Acrobat Pro DC installed on the laptop (the trial version is fine)
  • A current version of Microsoft Office (Word) installed on the laptop

As seating is limited, please do not sign up for the course unless you can meet the requirements.

Learning Objectives

  1. The value in having accessible source documents
  2. How to set up Acrobat Pro DC to create accessible PDFs
  3. How to fix an inaccessible PDF using Acrobat Pro DC
  4. The tools available in Acrobat Pro DC for creating accessible PDFs

Rob’s Bio

Rob Haverty is a Senior Product Manager for Document Cloud Accessibility at Adobe. In Rob’s 20 years of accessibility experience he as has been involved in many facets of accessibility including product development, technical evangelism, and policy and standards development. Rob has presented at conferences world-wide and has been involved in international accessibility projects such as the UNESCO Inclusive Classroom Project. Prior to coming to Adobe Rob was engaged in accessibility work at Microsoft.

Speakers

  • Rob Haverty, Adobe
Location
La Jolla AB



1:30 PM PST


Ensuring Instructional Content Accessibility

Half Day Workshop

Summary

Level: Intermediate

Instructional content can range from textbooks, to journal articles, to videos, to learning management systems (LMS) such as Canvas and Moodle. How is content created and how to ensure it will be accessible to students with print disabilities? This session will explore accessibility as it pertains to instructional content creation and/or remediation. Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate various document formats, determine the level of access and learn techniques to ensure accessibility.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand technology types and related formats
  2. Resources for acquiring electronic content of textbooks, journals, articles, etc.
  3. Understanding the layout of a document, readability and structure
  4. Development process for ensuring accessible content

Shirley's Bio

Shirley Ruiz is the Alternative Media Coordinator for the Disability Resources and Educational Services department at California State University Northridge (CSUN). Shirley is passionate about accessibility and committed to promoting student success. For the past 10 years Shirley has produced accessible course content in various formats including Braille, PDF, Word, Enlarged Print, Tactile Graphics, etc., for students with print disabilities. Shirley has presented workshops at the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference and is the Accessibility Editor for the Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities. Prior to coming to CSUN, Shirley has held various positions within the print industry ensuring print accuracy and overseeing print production.

Speakers

  • Shirley Ruiz, Disability Resources and Educational Services, CSUN
Location
Balboa C


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

9:00 AM PST


Accessibility of Web Forms: From Design to Development

Half Day Workshop

Summary

Level: Beginner

Forms are the #1 method for users to interact on a website - with the site owner or with each other. Forms are how content is created and how visitors convert to customers. By volume, issues with forms outnumber all other issue types. During this workshop we will learn the numerous challenges that people with disabilities have when using forms and how to design and develop more accessible forms.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the challenges people with disabilities have with forms
  2. Learn how to design forms for accessibility
  3. Learn how to develop forms for accessibility

Karl’s Bio

An unstoppable force for change and thought-leader in an industry regarded for saying "No", I'd rather lead by example in saying "Yes, and here's how...". I seek to offer solutions to complex problems relating to universal usability. Together we can meet both our goals: your business goals and my goals to lead the way in accessible user experience. I have over a decade experience in doing IT consulting for the biggest companies in the world and biggest agencies in the US Government. Widely regarded as a pragmatic solution-finder, my work is cited in nearly a dozen books and used on curricula in Human-Computer Interaction across the globe. I lead by doing, I teach from experience, and I succeed by facilitating others' success. When others say "That can't be done" I show them how.

Speakers

  • Karl Groves, Tenon
Location
Hillcrest ABCD


Introduction to Assistive Technology

Full Day Workshop

Summary

Level: Beginner

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 conference. This workshop is especially useful to newcomers to the fields of AT and disabilities and those who are first-time CSUN AT Conference attendees.

Learning Objectives

  1. 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.
  2. To be able to describe the process for AT assessment, acquisition, implementation and follow-up.
  3. To have a general understanding of addressing AT and environmental conditions in order to promote continued growth or addresses challenges within the implementation process.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. To have an understanding of the various employment options as an AT professional.

Rebecca’s Bio

Rebecca Cagle, MS ATHS, is an instructor for the CSUN ATHS master’s program teaching Assistive Technology Assessments and Outcome Measures. Within the University of North Texas’ (UNT) Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services-College of Health and Publish Services, Rebecca is a Sr. Program Project Coordinator for UNTWISE a training and consultancy group for community rehabilitation programs and organizations serving individuals with disabilities. She has experience working in postsecondary disability services since 1996. Before working in Higher Education, she taught high school students with learning disabilities, 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 and bachelor’s in Rehabilitation Science from UT Southwestern Medical Allied Health Sciences; IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies-International Association of Accessibility Professionals and previous certification in Life Care Planning. Rebecca serves on the Freedom Scientific advisory committee and Elsevier Accessibility Collaboration Group. Professional memberships include: AAATE, IAAP, AHEAD, & National Rehabilitation Association.

Speakers

  • Rebecca Cagle, University of North Texas
Location
La Jolla AB


Advanced PDF Accessibility

Full Day Workshop

Summary

Level: Intermediate

So, you’ve gotten pretty comfortable working with PDF documents but you run into unique issues that you just don’t know how to resolve to make the PDF accessible and conform with the PDF/UA standard.
This session will address some of the more complex issues that people frequently run into. This is NOT an introduction class and we will not spend time on the basics of using Acrobat Pro DC.
Prior to the class, those registered will be invited to provide issues that they would like to see addressed. In addition to those, some of the issues we will cover include:

  • Recent updates to Acrobat Pro DC to make it easier to create accessible PDFs.
  • The workflow for creating accessible PDF forms.
  • Addressing structural elements such as complex tables, headers & footers, and annotations.

The goal for this training is to build on your skills in creating accessible PDFs and improve your expertise. It is a hands-on, lab style course so come prepared to do some work. There will be little time spent on lecturing, the focus will be on demos and practicing new skills. Participants will receive a USB drive at the beginning of the session with the practice materials, tips and tricks for easily creating accessible PDFs, and a guide for creating accessible PDFs that can be used after the session.
To participate in the class attendees MUST:

  • Have a basic understanding of how to create an accessible PDF.
  • Bring a laptop computer.
  • Have the most current version of Acrobat Pro DC installed on the laptop (the trial version is fine)
  • Insure that a current version of Microsoft Office (Word) installed on the laptop.

As seating is limited, please do not sign up for the course unless you meet the requirements.

Learning Objectives

  1. How to fix complex issues in inaccessible PDF documents
  2. How to make scanned documents accessible
  3. How to create accessible PDF Forms
  4. How to meet the PDF/UA (ISO 14289) standard

Rob’s Bio

Rob Haverty is a Senior Product Manager for Document Cloud Accessibility at Adobe. In Rob’s 20 years of accessibility experience he as has been involved in many facets of accessibility including product development, technical evangelism, and policy and standards development. Rob has presented at conferences world-wide and has been involved in international accessibility projects such as the UNESCO Inclusive Classroom Project. Prior to coming to Adobe Rob was engaged in accessibility work at Microsoft.

Speakers

  • Rob Haverty, Adobe
Location
Cortez Hill ABC