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37th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Has Concluded

The What, How, & Why of Creating Accessible Content

Date & Time
Monday, March 14, 2022 - 1:30 PM PST  
Elite 1-3  
Research & Development
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Level: Beginning
Assistive technology devices, software, apps, etc., help mitigate barriers of a person’s disability – blindness, low vision, mobility limitations, etc. - and can provide greater access and independence for the end user. Where most people with disabilities encounter issues is with the content they are accessing. The content is the real barrier and not the disability. How can content creators ensure content is usable to all users, including users of assistive technology? This workshop will explore the functionality of assistive technology and the relationship between the content and the end user. We will explore different file formats (PDF, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) and the standards to ensure accessibility.
Learning Objectives

Understand the purpose of assistive technology
Understand barriers assistive technology can help mitigate
Understand how people with disabilities use assistive technology
Understand barriers poorly designed websites, documents, etc., can create for assistive technology users
Understand accessibility requirements for websites, documents, etc.

Shirley Ruiz
Shirley Ruiz is the Alternate Media Specialist for Ventura College. Shirley is passionate about accessibility and committed to promoting access for all. For the past 14 years, Shirley has worked with students who have a print disability in ensuring they have access to textbooks and other course content in a format that is accessible to the devices and software they are accustom to using. Shirley has presented multiple workshops at the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference and is the Accessibility Editor for the Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities. Prior experience includes various positions within the print industry ensuring print accuracy and overseeing print production.  
Session Type
General Track  


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