2019 Session Descriptions


This session will provide an introduction to web accessibility concepts and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. AMP is a browser-based tool that performs automatic accessibility checks and is available to Miami University. We will also demonstrate the Level Access AMP tool, and take a tour of its features. Attendees will learn how and where to integrate AMP into their accessibility tests, and how to use AMP to document manual accessibility tests performed on sites and applications.

Presented by: Laura Fathauer, Web Content Accessibility Specialist, Miami University

Accessibility Copyright

In this session, Carla Myers will explore the copyright issues related to the making of accessible copies of works for those with disabilities. This will include a review of fair use, the newly passed Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act!

Presented by: Carla Myers, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Scholarly Communications, Miami University Libraries

Accessibility in Canvas/UDOIT and the Accessibility Checker & ALT Text

Make your course more accessible using the tools and tips recommended by eLearning Miami and AccessMU. This session will show you just how easy it is to make your course content more accessible!

Presented by: Cyndi Govreau, eLearning Instructional Design & Technical Specialist, Miami University

Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally is an Award-Winning Accessibility Solution that assists faculty in creating alternative formats for better quality, usability & accessibility of content, for everyone! Ally can guide instructors on how to improve the accessibility of their course content. Join us for a demo!

Presented by: Cyndi Govreau, eLearning Instructional Design & Technical Specialist, Miami University

Create Digital, Accessible, Editable Math with UDL-Based EquatIO!

EquatIO is a UDL-based digital Math/STEM solution that lets everyone create digital math with no tricky coding or math languages to master. Input is easy, just type, dictate, handwrite, or use your mouse to create equations - formulas - Desmos graphs, and more within the Google Suite or MS Word! Attendees are encouraged to bring their own devices to this fast-paced session. We'll review basic features, create accessible, editable math within PDFs, review Desmos graphing, and more!

Presented by: Marc Callahan, Area Sales Director, TextHelp

Meeting in the Middle: Practical Strategies for Helping Instructional Faculty Implement Inclusive Teaching Practices

What is the digital accessibility culture of your institution? Do you have more accessibility champions than challenges? If so, that’s great! May your success continue! If not, you are not alone.

In this keynote address, Korey will highlight the efforts of Mason’s Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) to understand the academic culture of their institution and shift the campus climate towards inclusiveness and accessibility, with respect to ICT technology. Along the way, we will discuss the strategic partnerships and high-impact/high reward faculty support initiatives that have been implemented to improve buy-in for the creation of accessible digital materials.

Presented by: Korey Singleton, Manager, Assistive Technology Initiative, George Mason University (Keynote Speaker)

Oh Dear, What is ALT Format?

Oh Dear, What is ALT Format? Have you received a letter of accommodation informing you that a student will require an alternative format for all printed materials used for class? Have you wondered, what is alt format? In this session, we will explain the different types of alternative formats and how you can find alt format files or create them using Read&Write by TextHelp.

Presented by: Stephanie Dawson, Associate Director, Student Disability Services, Miami University; Cindy Hurley, Alternate Format Production Supervisor, Miami University; and Autumn Meade, Accessible Technology Coordinator, Miami University

Read&Write Empowers Student Achievement-Confidence-Independence!

Read&Write is a UDL-based tool that lets everyone read, write and express themselves more confidently! Our easy-to-use toolbar makes documents, files, and web pages more accessible. From hearing emails or documents read aloud to text prediction, picture dictionaries, summary highlighters, and a grammar, spelling, and confusable words checker, Read&Write makes lots of everyday literacy tasks simpler, quicker, and more accurate. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own devices to this fast-paced session. We'll review basic features and demonstrate how the spelling tool assists with Medical, Legal Engineering, and Science and Biology terminology.

Presented by: Marc Callahan, Area Sales Director, TextHelp

STEM Accessibility

Accessible course content in STEM fields can be challenging to produce. In this session, you will learn best practices for producing accessible STEM course content. 

Presented by: Dave Schleppenbach, Consultant, Coactive and Greg Williams, Independence Science and SeeWriteHear