Program

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Program Overview

Conference Schedule and Topics
Time Ball Room (East) Ball Room (West) Bresee Lounge
8:30am-9:00am Registration
9:00am-10:00am - Welcoming Remarks
and introduction of
Victor Trasan, Keynote Speaker
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10:00am-10:10am Break
10:10am-11:00am IITAA Web Accessibility Requirements and Certification Program Captioning Video Content Screen Reader and Disability Simulation Demonstration
11:00am-11:10am Break in Exhibit Hall
11:10am-12:00pm Web Accessibility and Usability Go Hand-In-Hand Adobe PDF Accessibility using Acrobat and Common Look Screen Reader and Disability Simulation Demonstration
12:00pm-1:15pm Lunch, Exhibit Hall and Round Table Discussions
1:15pm-2:15pm CMS I: Other Campus and State Experiences Accessible Presentations NetCentric CommonLook Adobe PDF Accessibility Editing Tool Hands on Demo, MSFW
2:15pm-2:30pm Break in Exhibit Hall
2:30pm-3:30pm CMS II: Illinois Efforts Adobe Flash Accessibility Browse Aloud hands on demo, MSFW
3:30pm-4:45pm Closing Remarks and Conference Reception
This is a time for participants to informally gather to discuss accessibility issues one on one or as small groups.

Program Details

Keynote Speaker

Victor Tsaran, Senior Accessibility Program Manager, Yahoo

IITAA Web Accessibility Requirements and Certification Program Lecture

This session will provide an overview of the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) web accessibility requirements and the IITAA Web Accessibility certification program.

Speaker

  • Mike Scott, Illinois Department of Human Services

Captioning Video Content Panel

This session will provide an overview of how the strategies and resources needed to caption videos and provide text transcripts.

Speakers

  • Colleen Cook, ATLAS, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Angie Andersen, DRES, College of Applied Health Sciences
  • Daniel Harvey, Eastern Illinois University

Disability Simulation and Screen Reader Demonstration Hands-on

This is a hands-on session for people to learn about how people with disabilities use the web. Workstations will be available for people to browse the web while simulating disabilities with the use of simple assistive technologies like head sticks, special glasses, hand orthotics to simulate arthritis and paralysis due to stroke. People will be guided through navigating websites and applications only using the keyboard. Other workstations will help people understand more about what a screen reader is and how usable their web pages are to people show use screen readers. People can learn from experts what challenges are faced by people who are blind in accessing web content and what you can do to make your web pages more usable. Try a screen reader your self and experience first hand what a speech rendering of a web page is like.

Leaders

  • Christy Blew, DRES, College of Applied Health Sciences
  • Jonathan Hsieh, CITES
  • Bryan McMurray, DRES, College of Applied Health Sciences
  • Hadi Rangin, DRES, College of Applied Health Sciences

Web Accessibility and Usability Go Hand-In-Hand Panel

What is the difference between usability and accessibility and how do they work together?

How is accessibility an integral part of usability?

Web accessibility and creating usable websites are two concepts that go hand-in-hand. Many web developers can create web sites that comply with accessibility standards, but are still unusable by people with disabilities. This session will address this issue and explain how simple evaluations may be performed to create a better, usable end product for all users, including people with disabilities. This session will also discuss how incorporating testing for accessibility and usability into the project planning process can save time and resources for maintaining and supporting users of the website.

Speakers

  • Cordelia Geiken, CITES
  • Tim Offenstein, CITES
  • Jonathan Hsieh, CITES

Adobe PDF Accessibility using Acrobat and Common Look Lecture

Adobe PDF documents are widely used to share printable documents on the web. Learn about how to check Adobe PDF documents for accessibility and tools that can use to make Adobe PDF documents more accessible. Learn about how you can participate in the free Netcentric CommonLook Trial Program sponsored by the IBHE Web Accessibility Collaboration Group.

Presentation Materials

Speaker

  • Mike Scott, Illinois Department of Human Services

Content Management Systems I: Other Campus and State Experiences Panel

The use of content management systems to make it easier to add and update content to web sites is becoming much more popular. Learn about the experiences of other Big Ten universities and the State Department of Human Services experiences in making both open source and commercial content management systems support the accessibility efforts of their campuses.

Speakers

  • Christian Johansen (Plone, open source using Python), Penn State University
  • Brandon Bowersox (Druple, open source using PHP), OJC
  • Mike Scott (OneNet, open source based on .NET), Illinois Department of Human Services

Accessible Presentations Panel

What makes a presentation accessible or inaccessible? Learn tools and techniques that can be used to help make accessible presentations.

Speakers

  • Marc Thompson, Academic Outreach
  • Hadi Rangin, DRES, College of Applied Health Sciences
  • Christy Blew, DRES, College of Applied Health Sciences

Content Management Systems II: Illinois Efforts Panel

The IT@Illinois Initiative is bringing people together to find common solutions to IT needs on campus. One of the needs is content management systems to make it easier for units on campus to update and organize information on the web. One of the considerations is how content management systems support the requirements of the IITAA. The participants in this session will discuss the accessibility issues of content management systems being used and considered at Illinois.

Speakers

  • Tim Offenstein, Campues Information Technologies and Educational Services
  • Nicholas Hoyt, DRES, College of Applied Health Sciences
  • Robert Slater, Library
  • Jeremy Todd, Agriculture and Consumer Sciences

Adobe Flash Accessibility Lecture

Flash is widely used on campus and is used man ways to deliver information, course materials and style content at Illinois. This session will present an overview of the accessibility issues, how to test Flash objects for accessibility and key features flash developers should consider in creating Flash based resources

Presentation Materials

Speaker

  • Mike Scott, Illinois Department of Human Services