Training

AccessMU Training Opportunities

We provide a variety of workshops and other training opportunities throughout the year. Miami's Accessible Technology Symposium, "Access for All," is held annually and features guest speakers and sessions taught by experts in the field.

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6th Annual Access for All AT Symposium

Learn how universal design, technology, and Miami University go hand in hand.

Thursday - April 16, 2020

Shriver Center

Upcoming Accessibility Training

September

September 24, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
U.S. Access Board: "Evaluating Websites for Accessibility under the Section 508 Standards"

Where:

Shriver Center 316 or On Your Own (Register for this session)

Speakers: 

Bruce Bailey, Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology Specialist, US Access Board 

Katherine Eng, Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist, US Access Board 

Session Description:

Federal employees must ensure that the information and communication technology (ICT) they procure or develop is accessible to people with disabilities as required under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Standards issued by the Access Board under Section 508 apply to all types of ICT in the federal sector, including websites. This introductory session is intended for federal employees involved in procuring web services and products who may not have a technical background but who are responsible for compliance with Section 508. It will follow the “user story” of a non-technical federal employee who has been recently assigned 508 oversight responsibilities for a web services contract. 

Presenters will cover questions such as: What kinds of technical requirements should be included in procurement contracts? How can procurement officials become sufficiently versed in Section 508 requirements for websites and web content? What are strategies for determining whether a contractor has the necessary skillset to meet the 508 Standards and for verifying that procured services and deliverables are fully conformant? What resources and tools are available for evaluating website accessibility and fixing access issues?

September 24, 2019, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Deque, Inc.: "Accessibility vs. Universal Design vs. Inclusive Design"

Where:

On Your Own (Register for this session)

Speakers: 

  • Wendy Chisholm, Principal Accessibility Architect at Microsoft and strategist for AI for Accessibility - a grant program that's accelerating innovations in AI that are built with and by people with disabilities. Wendy co-wrote "Universal Design for Web Applications" with Matt May and edited Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and 2.0.
  • Matt May, Head of Inclusive Design at Adobe. Matt's work includes inclusive design practices across Adobe's user experience, training and mentoring the Adobe Design team. 
  • Glenda Sims, Team A11y Lead at Deque, where she shares her expertise and passion for the open web with government organizations, educational institutions, and companies ranging in size from small business to enterprise organizations. 
  • Aparna Pasi, Accessibility Team Lead at Deque. Her knowledge focuses on user-centered design, usability testing, interaction design as well as HTML 5 and CSS3.
  • Denis Boudreau, Principal Web Accessibility Consultant and Training Lead at Deque. He actively participates in the W3C as a member of the Education and Outreach Working Group, where he leads the development of a framework to break down accessibility responsibilities by roles in the development lifecycle.

Session Description:

Is there a difference between the terms universal design, inclusive design and accessibility? In this virtual panel, our panelists will discuss the differences and similarities between these terms and what they ultimately mean in the context of modern-day UX. 

October

October 8, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
IAAP: "Social Media Accessibility"

Where:

Shriver Center 316

Speaker: 

Gian Wild, CEO, Founder and President, AccessibilityOz

Session Description:

Social media accessibility is an incredibly important tool in modern society. It is not just the young who access social media, with close to 30% of people over the age of 65 interacting on social networking sites, and 50% of people aged 50 - 64. As the percentage of recruiters who use LinkedIn is now 95%, social media is becoming an essential part of negotiating the current working environment.

The main reason why social media is not accessible is that social networking sites and apps are almost continually refreshed. Facebook sometimes changes twice a day. This, coupled with a lack of a formal testing process, means that what may be accessible today may be literally gone tomorrow.
Gian Wild goes through the accessibility issues of each of the four main social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn) and discusses ways that you can make sure your social media content is accessible.

October 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Level Access: "Why Marketers Need to Plan for Digital Accessibility"

Where:

Shriver Center 316

Speaker: 

Cindy Zhou and E. Foley, Level Access

Session Description:

Marketing teams produce content for web and mobile apps on a daily basis, but often overlook accessibility in the process. Publishing content that isn’t accessible for individuals with disabilities doesn’t just exclude a significant portion of your audience, it’s risky business.

In this webinar developed specifically FOR marketers BY marketers, Level Access CMO Cindy Zhou and Content Manager E. Foley leave the code to the developers and arm you with practical information and simple steps you can take to reduce your risk and ensure your content is available to the widest possible audience (and boost your SEO in the process!).

Cindy and E share their personal insights and helpful tips on topics like:

  • Alt text – what it is and how to write it (and when not to!)
  • Making your blog posts accessible to screen reader users
  • Common mistakes to avoid with hyperlinks (that you’ll find all over the web)
  • Delivering a better webinar experience for everyone (especially your customers who are deaf or hard of hearing)

November

November 14, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
IAAP: "Accessible Document Design in Higher Education"

Where:

Shriver Center 316

Speakers: 

Karen McCall, Accessible Document Design Consultant and Trainer, Karlen Communications

Session Description:

This webinar will take those of us who create and advocate for more accessible documents to the next level. As a beginner in the field of accessible document design, this webinar will show you what is possible as you learn the basics. For document authors who are at the intermediate or advanced level of accessible document design, this webinar will guide you through the advanced tools in Word and PowerPoint that will assist faculty, students and staff create more accessible documents.

The ecosystem of accessible content can provide a foundation and leadership role for higher education as we move toward the goal of inclusive education. Goal 4.5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is inclusive education yet each iteration of primary, secondary or tertiary education defines inclusive education differently.

Can the accessibility of digital content provide the framework for moving inclusive education forward by 2030? This webinar looks at the existing tools as well as new tools available to document authors while framing higher education as the leader in this endeavor.

November 25, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
IAAP: "Digital Accessibility Law for Developers, Designers, All of Us!"

Where:

Shriver Center 316

Speakers: 

Lainey Feingold, Law Office of Lainey Feingold

Session Description:

There's no denying it - the law has become a significant driver of accessibility in the United States, and increasingly around the globe. Because of this, everyone whose work touches accessibility needs to be familiar with what is happening in the courts, with legal settlements, and with laws and government regulations impacting the accessibility space. This webinar will present up-to-date legal developments, the legal foundation for our work in accessibility, and best practices from legal advocacy. Digital accessibility is a civil right: let's learn to talk about the law as a motivator for good, not as something to fear.

The AccessMU Center is partnering with the Miller Center for Student Disability Services to offer Assistive Technology (AT) Open Labs for all students. This is an opportunity to learn more about AT provided by Miami, including Livescribe Echo Pens, Read&Write by Text Help, Bookshare, etc.
All Assistive Technology Open Labs will be held in Shriver Center 316D.

September

Wednesday, September 25th 9:30 p.m. - 11:30 a.m.

October

Tuesday, October 15th 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

November

Monday, November 11th 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Webinars

September

September 24, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
U.S. Access Board: "Evaluating Websites for Accessibility under the Section 508 Standards"

Where:

Shriver Center 316 or On Your Own (Register for this session)

Speakers: 

Bruce Bailey, Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology Specialist, US Access Board 

Katherine Eng, Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist, US Access Board 

Session Description:

Federal employees must ensure that the information and communication technology (ICT) they procure or develop is accessible to people with disabilities as required under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Standards issued by the Access Board under Section 508 apply to all types of ICT in the federal sector, including websites. This introductory session is intended for federal employees involved in procuring web services and products who may not have a technical background but who are responsible for compliance with Section 508. It will follow the “user story” of a non-technical federal employee who has been recently assigned 508 oversight responsibilities for a web services contract. 

Presenters will cover questions such as: What kinds of technical requirements should be included in procurement contracts? How can procurement officials become sufficiently versed in Section 508 requirements for websites and web content? What are strategies for determining whether a contractor has the necessary skillset to meet the 508 Standards and for verifying that procured services and deliverables are fully conformant? What resources and tools are available for evaluating website accessibility and fixing access issues?

September 24, 2019, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Deque, Inc.: "Accessibility vs. Universal Design vs. Inclusive Design"

Where:

On Your Own (Register for this session)

Speakers: 

  • Wendy Chisholm, Principal Accessibility Architect at Microsoft and strategist for AI for Accessibility - a grant program that's accelerating innovations in AI that are built with and by people with disabilities. Wendy co-wrote "Universal Design for Web Applications" with Matt May and edited Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and 2.0.
  • Matt May, Head of Inclusive Design at Adobe. Matt's work includes inclusive design practices across Adobe's user experience, training and mentoring the Adobe Design team. 
  • Glenda Sims, Team A11y Lead at Deque, where she shares her expertise and passion for the open web with government organizations, educational institutions, and companies ranging in size from small business to enterprise organizations. 
  • Aparna Pasi, Accessibility Team Lead at Deque. Her knowledge focuses on user-centered design, usability testing, interaction design as well as HTML 5 and CSS3.
  • Denis Boudreau, Principal Web Accessibility Consultant and Training Lead at Deque. He actively participates in the W3C as a member of the Education and Outreach Working Group, where he leads the development of a framework to break down accessibility responsibilities by roles in the development lifecycle.

Session Description:

Is there a difference between the terms universal design, inclusive design and accessibility? In this virtual panel, our panelists will discuss the differences and similarities between these terms and what they ultimately mean in the context of modern-day UX. 

October

October 8, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
IAAP: "Social Media Accessibility"

Where:

Shriver Center 316

Speaker: 

Gian Wild, CEO, Founder and President, AccessibilityOz

Session Description:

Social media accessibility is an incredibly important tool in modern society. It is not just the young who access social media, with close to 30% of people over the age of 65 interacting on social networking sites, and 50% of people aged 50 - 64. As the percentage of recruiters who use LinkedIn is now 95%, social media is becoming an essential part of negotiating the current working environment.

The main reason why social media is not accessible is that social networking sites and apps are almost continually refreshed. Facebook sometimes changes twice a day. This, coupled with a lack of a formal testing process, means that what may be accessible today may be literally gone tomorrow.
Gian Wild goes through the accessibility issues of each of the four main social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn) and discusses ways that you can make sure your social media content is accessible.

October 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Level Access: "Why Marketers Need to Plan for Digital Accessibility"

Where:

Shriver Center 316

Speaker: 

Cindy Zhou and E. Foley, Level Access

Session Description:

Marketing teams produce content for web and mobile apps on a daily basis, but often overlook accessibility in the process. Publishing content that isn’t accessible for individuals with disabilities doesn’t just exclude a significant portion of your audience, it’s risky business.

In this webinar developed specifically FOR marketers BY marketers, Level Access CMO Cindy Zhou and Content Manager E. Foley leave the code to the developers and arm you with practical information and simple steps you can take to reduce your risk and ensure your content is available to the widest possible audience (and boost your SEO in the process!).

Cindy and E share their personal insights and helpful tips on topics like:

  • Alt text – what it is and how to write it (and when not to!)
  • Making your blog posts accessible to screen reader users
  • Common mistakes to avoid with hyperlinks (that you’ll find all over the web)
  • Delivering a better webinar experience for everyone (especially your customers who are deaf or hard of hearing)

November

November 14, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
IAAP: "Accessible Document Design in Higher Education"

Where:

Shriver Center 316

Speakers: 

Karen McCall, Accessible Document Design Consultant and Trainer, Karlen Communications

Session Description:

This webinar will take those of us who create and advocate for more accessible documents to the next level. As a beginner in the field of accessible document design, this webinar will show you what is possible as you learn the basics. For document authors who are at the intermediate or advanced level of accessible document design, this webinar will guide you through the advanced tools in Word and PowerPoint that will assist faculty, students and staff create more accessible documents.

The ecosystem of accessible content can provide a foundation and leadership role for higher education as we move toward the goal of inclusive education. Goal 4.5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is inclusive education yet each iteration of primary, secondary or tertiary education defines inclusive education differently.

Can the accessibility of digital content provide the framework for moving inclusive education forward by 2030? This webinar looks at the existing tools as well as new tools available to document authors while framing higher education as the leader in this endeavor.

November 25, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
IAAP: "Digital Accessibility Law for Developers, Designers, All of Us!"

Where:

Shriver Center 316

Speakers: 

Lainey Feingold, Law Office of Lainey Feingold

Session Description:

There's no denying it - the law has become a significant driver of accessibility in the United States, and increasingly around the globe. Because of this, everyone whose work touches accessibility needs to be familiar with what is happening in the courts, with legal settlements, and with laws and government regulations impacting the accessibility space. This webinar will present up-to-date legal developments, the legal foundation for our work in accessibility, and best practices from legal advocacy. Digital accessibility is a civil right: let's learn to talk about the law as a motivator for good, not as something to fear.

Assistive Technology Open Labs

The AccessMU Center is partnering with the Miller Center for Student Disability Services to offer Assistive Technology (AT) Open Labs for all students. This is an opportunity to learn more about AT provided by Miami, including Livescribe Echo Pens, Read&Write by Text Help, Bookshare, etc.
All Assistive Technology Open Labs will be held in Shriver Center 316D.

September

Wednesday, September 25th 9:30 p.m. - 11:30 a.m.

October

Tuesday, October 15th 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

November

Monday, November 11th 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.