Accessible Technology On-line Webinar Series*

All Sessions are scheduled from 1:00-2:30 p.m. (90 minute sessions) Central Time Zone(CT). The program is available in the following formats:

  • Streaming Audio via Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform V11
  • Real-time Captioning via Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform V11
  • A telephone option is available by calling the toll number. NOTE: You will incur charges for telephone access based on your telephone provider.

All sessions will have a digital recording of the session archived on this site.

Continuing Education Credits/Certificates

A certificate of attendance is available upon request once actual attendance/participation is documented.

May 21, 2015 » Digital and Technology Access: the Role of Law I the Limits of Law


Description:
This session will explore the role of the law in advancing digital accessibility in the United States. The ADA doesn't mention websites or the Internet. Does it matter? Court decisions, voluntary settlements, advocacy by the Department of Justice and Department of Education and new regulations are making the digital environment more accessible. But is it enough? Participants in this webinar will learn about recent litigation, Structured Negotiations, and administrative actions making websites, mobile applications and other technology available to people with disabilities. We'll talk about how the ADA and other state and federal laws can advance digital inclusion and the various strategies that advocates have at their disposal to effectively use those laws. We'll look at the law's role in expanding digital access in education, finance, healthcare, retail and more. Can effective use of the law help close the digital divide? What do you think? There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Participants will learn:
  1. What laws (in the U.S.) require digital accessibility and how are they being Implemented
  2. What does the U.S. Department of Justice have to say about digital accessibility
  3. Does the law protect the privacy of financial and health information for people with disabilities.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Law Office of Lainey Feingold
 
 

July 16, 2015 » Turning Text Into Speech: Real World Applications and Examples


Description:
Computers these days have a lot to say but only if you know the right way to ask them. With text-to-speech a user can have the computer read almost any text out loud. This can be a life changing tool for people who are blind, low vision, or have a print related disability. But what are these tools, how do they work, and what does it look like in real life for an everyday user? In this Webinar we will explore text-to-speech tools available on computers, tablets, and smart phones through the use of real world examples.

As a trainer of blind and low vision computer users Jonathan has gained a significant amount of hands-on experience of text-to-speech technology and will demonstrate the way his clients find success with text-to-speech tools. You’ll also learn how people with print related disables like dyslexia can leverage these tools to find success. Demonstrations will include:

  • Screen readers like JAWS for Windows and VoiceOver for Apple devices
  • Text-to-Speech and magnification software like ZoomText and MAGic
  • Built-in reading tools on the iPad and iPhone like Speak Selection and Speak Screen
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software like the KNFB Reader and ABBYY FineReader
  • Highlight and read tools like NaturalReader and Snap&Read
  • and more


  • Demonstrations will include both paid and free software options.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Assistive Technology Specialist Minnesota State Services for the Blind
 
 

September 17, 2015 » How do I know if my PDF is accessible?


Description:
PDF files are not going away anytime soon so it is important to make sure that all individuals, including those with disabilities can retrieve the information contained in them. This session will give a definition of what an accessible PDF should include as well as show how to test a PDF for accessibility. The session will also look at forms and tables. Participants should have a basic understanding of accessible PDF principles such as tagging and navigational structure.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
IT Accessibility Specialist ,University of IL - Urbana-Champaign
 
 

November 19, 2015 » Social Media, Accessibility and Disability Inclusion


Description:
Time to use Social Media to strengthen the voices of the community of individuals with disabilities? This session will provide strategies to assure that your message is accessible and relevant to the community of persons with disabilities. Social Media is providing a huge opportunity for our community including recruiting, employment, advocacy, education and human rights advancements. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are 1 in 7 people in the world that have a disability. Social Media is a conduit that can strength and empower the voices of persons with disabilities. However Social Media must be accessible from both a design issue but also a bandwidth and digital divide perspective. This session will show ways that we can use Social Media to empower persons with disabilities, find our voices and address accessibility so everyone can participate.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Global Disability Inclusion Strategist
 
 

Past Sessions

November 20, 2014 » Accessibility anywhere almost, CART and captioning for web based applications

This webinar will cover the entire process of delivering realtime captioning over the internet for a number of applications. With the rapid advancement of technology services can be provided in many locations that were not viable options just a few years ago. If you have a smartphone or an iPad you can now participate from almost anywhere. First we will review real caption applications including stadiums, providing services in the classroom and captioning of web based applications like Google Hangouts. We will also review who is really doing the work of converting speech to text. This includes covering a number of options from text interpreting, voice recognition and stenographers and how their technologies work. By the end of this webinar you should be familiar with the latest options for receiving realtime captions and how the service is provided.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
CEO StreamText.Net Inc
 
 

January 15, 2015 » Developing and Implementing an Accessibility Strategy: One Organization's Lessons (So Far)

Ohio State is one of the country's largest universities. Though it has a central IT office, there are at least 20 IT "shops" of varying sizes on campus, each serving a constituency with unique needs, goals, and expectations. At this point, a number of prominent law suits, both at universities and at private companies, have made it entirely clear that accessibility must be a part of an overall approach to IT. We have all long known that accessibility is the "right thing to do," but the strong advocacy of prominent civil rights groups has made it entirely clear that we cannot just say accessibility is a noble goal. Rather it must be in place, on the ground, part of an organization's basic approach to information and communications technologies at all levels.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Director, Web Accessibility Center, Ohio State University
 
 

March 19, 2015 » What is speech recognition software, how it is used, and what you should know about when authoring web content

This presentation will describe what speech recognition is and the people who use and benefit from speech recognition. It will cover what is available on different platforms such as Windows, Mac, and mobile platforms. Sample demonstration of speech recognition will be provided and a review of designing websites for use with speech recognition will be provided. This review will include what to know about speech recognition and the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Specification (ARIA). Follow-up resources will also be provided and questions will be taken.
 
Time:
1:00-2:30PM CT
Speaker:
Chief Accessibility Officer, SSB
 
 
 
 
 

The ADA Audio Conference Series is Coordinated by the Great Lakes ADA Center. For assistance with any of our conferences contact us at
(877) 232 - 1990 (V/TTY). We reserve the right to cancel sessions at any time without notice. A full refund will be provided for all paid sessions should the sessions be cancelled.