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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


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


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