Session Descriptions

The ADA at 30: Where Will Accessibility Take Us Next?

On July 26th, 2020, the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30 years old. Like any milestone birthday, there is a period of reflection about our younger years and perceptions of the eras we matured through, while also looking ahead and wondering where our next adventures await. At 30, the ADA is still young and challenging societal understandings and perceptions of ability/disability, but has also established a career of innovation and evolution of accessibility practices that are slowly becoming part of our institutional fabric and systems. Come explore our past of revolution and regulation connected to our current state of transformation to explore where our accessibility journey will take us next.

AT in the Classroom and Beyond

In this session, you will experience some of the latest Assistive Technology available to Miami students. You will see and feel what it is like to use Livescribe Smartpens, C-Pen Readers, and other tactile equipment. You will also learn about helpful resources available at Miami like Bookshare, Read&Write, Equatio, SensusAccess and Blackboard Ally. This will be a fun session for everyone!

Blackboard Ally: Improve the Accessibility of Your Course Content

In this session, we will discuss the three pillars of Blackboard Ally: alternative formats, instructor feedback, and the institutional report. We will also answer questions about Ally’s functionality and demo features of Ally that are beneficial to all students, not just students with disabilities.

Panel Discussion: Faculty Perspectives on Accessibility

This panel presentation will feature Miami faculty who will share their experiences with embedding accessibility into course design and providing accommodations. Panelists will discuss collaborating with accessibility support offices, how providing accommodations impacts student learning and discuss tips for navigating accessibility-related requests.

Procuring and Using Third-Party Applications

Staff from the AccessMU Center and the Miller Center for Student Disability Services will review the procurement and testing process, describing what happens at the ADA review stage in software acquisition. This session is helpful for those wanting to use applications developed outside Miami University. They will also discuss the need for Equally Effective Alternative Access Plans (EEAAPS) to provide access when accessibility barriers are known. EEAAPS are required to implement the applications in some circumstances. Attendees will have a better understanding of the procurement and EEAAP processes.

Reaching Everyone: Social Media and Accessibility

Social media connects people, but each platform has limitations and barriers that can prevent groups from participating. Staff from University Communications and Marketing will provide tips and strategies for reaching the broadest audience possible with social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). The accessibility features and limitations of these platforms will also be discussed.

Training the Next Generation of AT Professionals

In this session, you will learn about accessibility best practices and how the AccessMU Center is training their student employees to continue this work after graduation.

Use of a Tactile Braille Tablet for Communicating STEM content to Blind Users

Recent advances in hardware have made it possible for a Braille tablet device to allow a blind user to interact with Braille text, graphics, animation, and other content in a unique way. This is particularly suited to STEM materials, which often involve graphically-intensive data, interactive or animated data, and manipulation of data tables. We will explore some of these ideas and how they relate to existing products and standards.

What Do Senior Disability Studies Scholars Want AT Professionals to Know? What are the Most Important Compromises Around Time, Effort, and Money?

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