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Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered on Monday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 10, 2020 for Full-Day and Half-Day sessions. These workshops are designed to give in-depth training on specific topics.

Monday, March 9, 2020

9:00 AM PST


How To Translate Wireframes Into Accessible HTML/CSS

Full Day Workshop

Summary

There's more than one way to code a web design, but the choices we make in the process of translating a wireframe into web content have a huge impact on the accessibility of that content.  We will walk you through the process of analyzing a wireframe from an accessibility perspective, making coding decisions to optimize for accessibility, implementing that code, testing your code, and troubleshooting.

We will define project requirements and the scope of the sprint based on existing wireframes, prioritize and assign tasks, identify how one would normally approach building the web components, and identify what kind of accessibility challenges would show up.  We will discuss how to solve those issues and the pros/cons of different approaches. This will be a highly interactive workshop focused on giving you practical experience integrating accessibility into the development process and helping you build your accessibility problem solving skills.  You will need a laptop with Chrome installed and a text editor.

Learning Objective

  • Define project requirements and the scope of the sprint based on existing wireframes
  • Identify how one would normally approach building the web components
  • Identify what kind of accessibility challenges would show up
  • Discuss how to solve those issues and the pros/cons of different approaches

Biographies

Dylan Barrell

Dylan is the Chief Product Officer at Deque. He has almost 20 years of experience in technology development, technical sales, product management, product marketing, and corporate development. Dylan believes in building a barrier-free web by making it really easy for developers, quality assurance engineers and content writers to create accessible applications and content.

Harris Schneiderman

Harris is a web developer with a strong passion for digital equality. He works for Deque as the Principal UI Engineer building awesome web applications. When he is not at work, he still finds time to contribute to numerous open-source projects.

Presenters

  • Harris Schneiderman, Deque Systems
  • Dylan Barrell, Deque Systems Inc.
Location
Orange County 1/2


AT Assessment Tools Appropriate for Employment

Half Day Workshop

Summary

An in-depth look and in-class use of several Assistive Technology (AT) assessment tools appropriate for employment and pre-employment considerations.  AT rehabilitation and services encompass more than device selection & should provide an interdisciplinary approach.  Assessments offer a platform for service delivery which provides consistent, usable data, justification, and accountability for the employer, employee, and service provider. Participants should bring their personal laptops as several assessments will be covered online.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand AT laws and legislation
  • Understand factors which make up an AT assessment
  • Conduct a comprehensive Workplace Technology Assessment

Biography

Rebecca Cagle

Rebecca Cagle, MS ATHS, is an instructor for the California State University Northridge (CSUN) master's program in Assistive Technology and Human Services. Within the University of North Texas' (UNT) Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services, Rebecca is a Sr. Program Project Coordinator for UNTWISE. 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.

Presenters

  • Rebecca Cagle, University of North Texas
Location
Grand GH


Let’s Build Accessible Elearning!

Full Day Workshop

Summary

Elearning, like other forms of online content, needs to be available to people with disabilities. All too often, when course designers and developers attempt to meet accessibility standards, the result is text-only, click-next elearning that doesn't embrace the level of activity made possible by using today's elearning development tools. This workshop will guide participants in using a rapid authoring elearning development tool to develop elearning activities that will both comply with accessibility guidelines and be engaging and interactive. Participants will bring their own computer equipped with their development tool of choice, a pre-installed screen reader, and a set of headphones.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the different ways that people learn from an elearning course, including the learners' use of assistive technologies.
  • Identify the elements that an e-learning course must possess to be easy for everyone to use and follows accessibility guidelines.
  • Discuss the factors that can influence the choice of development tools, including what the tools offer (both for those developing and those using the courses) and guidelines on how to choose.
  • Design, develop, and test the published version of the elearning course sample to identify where it does and does not meet accessibility guidelines.

Biographies

Kevin Gumienny

Dr. Kevin Gumienny leads the learning development team at Microassist. He has lead the development of accessible elearning courses in the areas of interpersonal conflict, physical safety, food safety, health and human services. He has also presented at several conferences on the topic of accessible elearning, including CSUN Assistive Technology Conference and the Texas

Lucy Greco

Lucy Greco is a passionate, life-long accessibility expert who has been helping people create accessible websites and applications for over 20 years. Lucy leads the University of California accessibility initiative and works at UC Berkeley.

Jennifer Chadwick

Jennifer Chadwick is Lead Accessibility Strategist for North America at Siteimprove. She is a certified usability analyst and user experience researcher with 13 years' experience. As a policy and standards advisor, Jennifer has helped customers integrate accessibility into their current processes to ensure their digital experiences are fully inclusive and compatible with assistive technology.

Presenters

  • Lucy Greco, University of California Berkeley
  • Kevin Gumienny, Microassist
  • Jennifer Chadwick, Siteimprove
Location
Orange County 3/4



1:30 PM PST


How to Mitigate Content-Related Barriers

Half Day Workshop

Summary

Many assistive technology devices, software, apps, etc., try to address barriers to provide greater access and independence for the end user. However, while most people with disabilities encounter issues is with access, the content itself is often the barrier.  How do content creators ensure content is usable to 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 content accessibility.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the barriers poorly designed websites, documents, etc. can create
  • Understand how people with disabilities use assistive technology
  • Learn the accessibility requirements for websites, documents, etc.
  • Understand how to mitigate barriers assistive technology can create

Biography

Shirley Ruiz

Shirley Ruiz is the Assistive Technology Specialist for the Center for Accessible Education department at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). For the past 12 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 accustomed to using. Shirley has also presented 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.

Presenters

  • Shirley Ruiz, University of California, Los Angeles
Location
Grand GH


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

9:00 AM PST


How Emerging Technologies Empower New Levels of Design Thinking to Help Us Reach all Students

Half Day Workshop

Summary

Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an educational framework based in the learning sciences, is a framework that guides the development of flexible learning environments that accommodate individual learning differences. UDL, coupled with design thinking, is a powerful approach to integrating technology into the classroom and learning to increase engagement and learning.  This workshop will use lecture and small group format to introduce and review the Universal Design for Learning framework and introduce the design thinking approach to learning.  Designing for inclusion will consider the research in the context of real-world problems. Virtual and augmented reality and makerspaces will be the case studies used to demonstrate UDL and design thinking.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to use the Universal Design for Learning Framework to reach all learners.
  • Identify components of the design thinking process applied to makerspaces and virtual reality technologies.
  • Practice creating learning experiences using innovative technologies.
  • Discuss the role of accessibility in implementing innovative technologies.

Biographies

Janet Peters

Janet Peters is a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES) at CAST. In her role, Janet works with the CITES team to help build the capacity of school districts to improve their collaboration and efficacy of Assistive Technology (AT) and Educational Technology (EdTech) systems. Janet has been working with technology for people with disabilities in many capacities since 1994.  She is the former director of PACER Center's Simon Technology Center, where she helped train teachers and families on the value
of AT. She was most recently the Project Coordinator of Accessible Technology with the Great Lakes ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network.

Jose Blackorby

Dr. Blackorby joined CAST in 2016 after nearly 25 years at SRI International, where most recently he was Co-Director of the Center for Education and Human Services. As Senior Director of Research and Development, Jose Blackorby leads CAST's research, project development, and technical assistance efforts.  He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of large-scale, multifaceted studies with research, policy, and practice implications. He has
led national studies on students with disabilities, including a national study of states' progress in implementing alternate assessment systems for students with significant cognitive disabilities and another on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Presenters

  • Jose Blackorby, CAST, Inc.
  • Janet Peters, CAST
Location
Grand GH


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 for 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. 

Learning Objectives

  • To have a general understanding of the AT used for a variety of disability types and be able to describe how the AT can support participation, communication, and learning
  • To be able to describe the process for AT assessment, acquisition, implementation, and follow-up
  • To have a general understanding of addressing challenges in various settings in order to promote continued growth and address future challenges
  • To be able to describe how to modify the environment and the individual's technology to include assistive technology solutions that support independence and functionality
  • To have a general understanding of 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.

Biography

Patrice Wheeler

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. She has earned an ATACP and has been a RESNA ATP. Patrice has experience in training students, faculty & staff on assistive technology, creating accessible formats for academic materials, and collaborating with campus IT for campus-wide access to assistive technology. Patrice meets with students with disabilities to assess their skill level with technology, discuss their academic challenges and determine the appropriate technology and strategies that will ensure access, enhance learning and promote success after graduation.

Presenters

  • Patrice Wheeler, California State University, Northridge
Location
Orange County 3/4


Old Law and New Tech – How the ADA’s Legal Requirements Apply to New Technologies

Full Day Workshop

Summary

This workshop will bring together several perspectives (disability rights lawyers, in-house and defense lawyers, people with disabilities, accessible technology consultants) to present the legal requirements and defenses regarding accessible technology, what accessible technology means in practice, and strategic approaches to build accessibility into technology and content development, remediation, testing and procurement policies and procedures to meet the legal requirements. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the legal obligations for accessibility for new technologies (internet, mobile, kiosks, and emerging technologies)
  • Understand what accessibility means in technology
  • Understand how to go about building accessibility into your policies and processes, how to prioritize remediation, and how to select accessibility experts or consultants
  • Understand how to address accessibility of technology purchased from third parties

Biography

Eve Hill

Eve Hill, one of the nation's leading disability rights attorneys, is a partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy, where she continues to pursue her devotion to civil rights.  Her wide-ranging experience complements the firm's dedication to high-impact disability rights cases and its advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families. Eve is co-leader of Inclusivity, BGL's Strategic Consulting Group. Eve's experience in many facets of organizations and government with respect to disability issues allows her to assist disability advocacy groups in enforcing rights to accessibility and employment and in breaking down other barriers.

Presenters

  • Jack Mazzara, Fiat-Chrysler
  • Eve Hill, Brown, Goldstein & Levy
  • Helen Henriques, eSSENTIAL Accessibility, Inc
Location
Orange County 1/2



1:30 PM PST


System Level Change for Web Accessibility

Half Day Workshop

Summary

If an aim of your organization or institution is to attain and sustain web accessibility, you must engage in system level work. While it is important that web developers know how to make websites accessible, it is ultimately a shared responsibility across the organization. This includes those in administration, those in Procurement and HR, technical staff, and staff who create content subsequently placed online. Failure to engage all can result in spotty accessibility which could make it impossible to address the needs of all your constituents, or leave you vulnerable to legal complaints. This preconference workshop will engage participants in their own efforts, new or advanced.  A model of system reform will be presented that can be used to guide work across the enterprise and across the years. Participants will leave with a written plan that can be used as a proposal to address the needs of their organization. This will be an interactive preconference and participants are asked to BYOD to create their proposed plans.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify four main indicators of success in accessibility system change
  • Know where to find the benchmarks and statements of evidence for each indicator and experience a process of reviewing these with your own organization in mind
  • Create a proposed plan to provide near term focus on your organization's accessibility efforts (i.e., one to two years).
  • Understand how you can evaluate your progress over time.

Biography

Cyndi Rowland

Dr. Cyndi Rowland is the Founder and Executive Director of WebAIM and the National Center on Disability and Access to Education both housed at Utah State University. Since 1999 she has focused on research, tool and resource development, training, and policy initiatives for web accessibility in education.  Dr. Rowland has engaged in her accessibility work at top tier national and international levels, including sitting on the U.S. Section 508 refresh committee, and working on initiatives out of UN organizations. Examples include the ITU and UNESCO where she was an invited expert to assist in the creation of global guidelines for online distance education.

Presenters

  • Cyndi Rowland, WebAIM; National Center on Disability and Access to Education
Location
Grand GH