2015 Session Descriptions

Keynote Address: A Look at How Accessibility and General Usability Converge

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Presented by: Ken Petri, Director of The Ohio State University Accessibility Center

A Deeper Dive into Read&Write

In this session, attendees will receive a deeper dive into the Read&Write software. This will be an open discussion format for those who have been introduced to the software and now have questions regarding its tools and features. So, if you're looking for a deeper exploration of the software and have questions regarding its use, this is a session for you.

Presented by: Jon McPeters, TextHelp

Accessibility for STEM Courses

Persons who are blind or visually impaired (BVI) are very underrepresented in STEM careers although they are as interested in science as other students during high school. Part of this discrepancy between interest and employment is due to the actual and perceived inaccessibility of STEM undergraduate courses, in particular laboratory courses. Independence Science has worked with Vernier Software and Technology to make their scientific data collection solutions, the LabQuest and LoggerPro software, accessible to BVI students. In this workshop, we will introduce the Talking LabQuest and demonstrate how it can be used to provide greater independence to BVI students in lab courses. We will also discuss other challenges in STEM accessibility.

Presented by: Greg Williams, Independence Science

Accessibility in Canvas

In this session, participants will learn about Instructure's commitment to supporting accessibility in the Canvas LMS, now and in the future.

Presented by: Chris Babbitt, Instructure

Accessibility Resources in MU Libraries

This session will cover resources available in the Libraries to help you make your course content more accessible. We'll cover available software for captioning videos, scanning, and creating accessible documents, and best practices when using library resources.

Presented by: Katie Gibson, MU Libraries

An "Ideal" Page Structure for Accessibility

We'll take a quick look at the code scaffolding that adds desired structure and semantics for accessibility while still being lightweight and giving plenty of room for styling variety.

Presented by: Ken Petri, OSU

Apple Accessibility: Reaching All Learners

In this session, you'll discover new ways Apple is making exciting technology available to all learners as part of its ongoing commitment to accessibility. For over 30 years, the Mac has shipped with dozens of accessibility features built-in, at no additional cost, allowing it to be used right out of the box by people with disabilities. Now, with the iPad, Apple continues to set the standard by taking accessibility and learning to a whole new level.

Presented by: Michael Kimmel, Apple

Creating Accessible Canvas Courses

Information Session: In this session, we'll discuss accessibility support for two aspects of course design in Canvas: (1) The accessibility features built into the Canvas LMS; (2) Additional strategies and recommendations for instructors and course designers when they build courses in Canvas, (i.e. accessible document formats, use of images, video captions, etc.).

Workshop: In this hands-on session, participants will learn about the existing accessibility features in Canvas and course design tips for creating accessible content. Also, participants will have the opportunity to work in groups with the support of an instructional designer. Group categories include creating accessible course pages in Canvas, making accessible PDFs, creating accessible PowerPoint presentations, and choosing accessible multimedia content.

Presented by: Laura Patch, eLearning Miami and Lei Song, eLearning Miami

Powerful Literacy Supports with Read&Write

In this session, attendees will learn how to begin utilizing new literacy support software, available to all Miami students, faculty, and staff. Read&Write is a toolbar for PCs and Macs that interacts with internet browsers, Microsoft Word, PDFs, and just about anything open on a computer screen providing powerful supports, such as speech-to-text, visual/talking dictionaries, highlighting tools for extracting research, and much more. The session will provide an introduction to how the software works and basic customization features while beginning exploration of the most widely used tools on the toolbar.

Presented by: Jon McPeters, TextHelp

Simple and Complex Accessibility Analysis

During this workshop, we will examine some inaccessible and accessible simple web pages and some inaccessible and accessible complex, "rich" controls, looking at how each performs for the variety of users and abilities. We will then dig in and take a deeper look at the code that makes up these pages and controls and discuss why they work or fail to work. Finally, we will discuss some resources and tools that may help developers both identify and build solid, accessible pages and complex web controls.

Presented by: Ken Petri, OSU

Video Closed Captioning in YouTube

This hands-on workshop will cover the creation and editing of closed captions using the tools provided by YouTube, including the pros and cons (mostly cons) of the automatic captions feature. The use of existing transcripts, uploading them to YouTube, and synchronizing them to the video clip's audio track will also be covered. Training documentation will be provided.

Presented by: Todd Pashak, MU Communications and Marketing

VITAL: Supporting Student Veterans on Campus through Collaborative Care

During today's presentation, participants will:

  • Be introduced to the VITAL Initiative and the services provided by this VA Program
  • Examine the demographics and experiences of today's student Veterans
  • Learn about the process of collaboration in overcoming barriers and supporting success
  • Discover resources for supporting student Veterans

Presented by: Jessica Thiede, Cincinnati VA Medical Center