Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Accessibility Summit 2016: Meeting Room at University of Michigan

Join us Tuesday, September 6, 2016 in Ann Arbor for the seventh annual Accessibility Summit, a two-day online conference with 12 experts on web accessibility, presented byEnvironments for Humans. Learn about building in accessibility from the ground up, creating accessible WordPress content, what the law says about web accessibility and more.
And thanks to sponsorships from the University of Michigan Library and the University of Michigan Office for Institutional Equity, attending the two-day Accessibility Summit is free. Sign up now to reserve your space.

Location

The conference will be held in the Gallery Room on the first floor of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan (directions to the library).
Though the event is free, pre-registration is required.

Tentative Speaker Schedule

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

  • 10:00am: PM-Led Accessibility by Robert Jolly, Accessibility-focused Project Manager
  • 11:00am: Creating Accessibility Reports Designers & Developers Will Love by Paul Adams, Accessibility Evangelist at Deque
  • Noon: Accessible Data Visualization with SVG by Doug Schepers, W3C Developer Relations Lead
  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm: Lunch (on your own)
  • 2:00pm: Accessibility and Performance by Marcy Sutton, Senior Front-End Engineer at Deque Systems
  • 3:00pm: Building In Accessibility from the Ground Up by Kevin Ball, Engineering Lead at ZURB
  • 4:00pm: Session to be announced by Matt May, Accessibility Evangelist at Adobe
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
  • 10:00am: Keyboard Accessibility by Jared Smith, Accessibility Trainer for WebAIM
  • 11:00am: Low Vision & Accessibility by Glenda Sims, Senior Accessibility Consultant
  • Noon: Accessibility Resource Roundup by Sharron Rush, Executive Director of Knowbility
  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm: Lunch (on your own)
  • 2:00pm: Accessibility in the Fifth Dimension by Elle Waters, Web Accessibility Evangelist at Simply Accessible
  • 3:00pm: Accessible WordPress Content by Joseph O'Connor, Accessibility Consultant and WordPress Contributor
  • 4:00pm: Digital Accessibility Legal Update by Lainey Feingold, Lawyer

Notes

  • Arrive early to claim your seats. We'll have coffee and tea for you when you arrive.
  • The morning sessions begin promptly at 10:00AM
  • Free wifi will be available
  • While the conference is free, attendees are responsible for their own lunch (one-hour lunch break). Lunch is available from several restaurants within walking distance.
  • This is an online conference with viewing at the Gallery Room at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library in Ann Arbor
  • Attendees can participate in as much of the event as they wish; no need to attend all sessions on the two days
WHEN
WHERE
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan - 913 S. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 - View Map

Monday, February 29, 2016

WAWG meeting, Tuesday, March 1, TAFR 4004 Shapiro, 1-2 pm

Hi all. Due to a scheduling conflict, we will be meeting in our alternate location, the Turkish American Friendship Room, on the 4th floor of the Shapiro Library. 

Jane Berliss-Vincent, U-M's Assistive Technology Manager, will be our guest speaker. Jane is recently back from the EPUB Accessibility and EDUPUB Alliance Summit in College Park, MD, and will be reporting on the fruitful discussions, demonstrations of innovative products, and significant announcements that took place there. Standards for accessible e-text that directly affect educational materials are still under development and need input from multiple quarters, including end users, publishers, and university representatives. 

Hope you can be there!

Monday, November 30, 2015

WAWG meeting 12/1 - Screening Room in Shapiro - Room 2160 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.

WAWG = Web Accessibility Working Group

Meeting: Tomorrow, December 1st, 1-2:30, Screening Room in Shapiro - Room 2160

Hi all, 

We will be meeting tomorrow. Brandon Werner will be speaking on math accessibility. Specifically, he will cover:
  • Brief Introduction to LaTeX. He will talk about the concept of a typesetting language and how it is written in a text editor and compiled to output visually formatted content.  
  • Reading and Writing LaTeX from a blind prospective using both speech and braille.  
  • Demonstration of navigating web pages with both Internet Explorer and JAWS as well as Chrome and ChromeVox using MathJax.
This will be very interesting and is one of those trickier areas of web accessibility.
We hope you can make it!

Friday, October 2, 2015

WAWG Meeting, Tuesday Oct. 6, 1-2pm, 100 N. Hatcher

Hello all,

We will be convening for our monthly meeting in our usual location, in the 100 N. Hatcher Graduate Library classroom. We will meet for one hour this month to accommodate a class that needs the room at 2pm. In addition to announcements and matters arising, I thought we might do another group critique of a University website. If you would like to "donate" your site to the cause, we would be glad to give you some friendly advice. If nobody volunteers, we can always find something to critique. This is all done in fun in a supportive environment. It is not target practice. :-)

Hope you can make it!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

September WAWG meeting cancelled

Due to the fact that we are hosting a 2-day group viewing of the Accessibility Summit next month (Sept. 8-9), we will consider that our September meeting, and we will not meet as a group next Tuesday (Sept. 1).

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

2015 Web Accessibility Summit

What:

Join us in Ann Arbor for the 6th annual Accessibility Summit, a two-day online conference on web and mobile accessibility, presented by Environments for Humans. Learn about accessibility as it relates to WCAG, PDFs, evaluation tools, and more.

Who:

Umich folk and web professionals in the S.E. Michigan area.

Where:

The Gallery Room on the first floor of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan (directions to the library).

When:

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 8-9, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Attend all day — or only the sessions that you are interested in!

Cost:

Free, courtesy of the University of Michigan Library and the Office for Institutional Equity. Sign up early to reserve your space. Though the event is free, registration is required in order to plan refreshments and observe the fire code. Do not register at the at the Environments for Humans site to attend this group viewing, unless you wish to pay for a private viewing.

Tentative Speaker Schedule:

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

  • 10:00am: Accessibility  Professional Certification by Glenda Sims, Senior Accessibility Consultant at Deque
  • 11:00am: Future Bliss: Make a Circuit with Me! by Elle Waters, Web Accessibility Evangelist at Simply Accessible
  • Noon: Web Accessibility WAI by Sharron Rush, Executive Director of Knowbility
  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm: Lunch (on your own)
  • 2:00pm The Heart and Mind of Accessibility by Matt May, Accessibility Evangelist at Adobe
  • 3:00pm Accessibility in an Agile World by Jesse Hausler, Accessibility Specialist at Salesforce
  • 4:00pm: Accessibility and the Language of Love by Dale Cruse, author of HTML5 Multimedia Development Cookbook
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
  • 10:00am: Is It Usable for People with Dsiabilities?  by Glenda Sims and Whitney Quesenbery, User Research Experts
  • 11:00am: Future Web Accessibility User Testing, UX, and Research by Jared Smith, Accessibility Trainer for WebAIM
  • Noon: Apple Watch Accessibility  by Paul Adam, Accessibility Evangelist at Deque
  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm: Lunch (on your own)
  • 2:00pm Usability in PDF and Word Form Creation by Joe Krack, Digital Accessibility Consultant
  • 3:00pm Accessibility Testing Tools by Luis Garcia, Accessibility Evangelist at Deque
  • 4:00pm: Demystifying WCAG 2 by David MacDonald, President of CanAdapt Solutions, Inc.

Notes

  • Arrive early to claim your seat and enjoy the free continental breakfast; the opening session begins promptly at 10:00AM.
  • Free wifi will be available.
  • You are responsible for your own lunch (one-hour lunch break). Lunch is available at the League and from several restaurants within walking distance. There will be afternoon snacks and pop.
  • Please contact Scott Williams (swims@umich.edu) if you have questions.

Hope to see you there!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

WAWG/Cool Toys meeting, Tuesday, February 3, TAFR 4004 Shapiro, 1-2 pm. 

Note: We will not be meeting in our usual location tomorrow (one time only) and will instead meet in the Turkish American Friendship Room (4004) in the Shapiro Science Library. 

Meeting time will be the normal 1-2 p.m.

We will be meeting with our friends in the Cool Toys group to discuss the accessibility of emerging technologies. 

Hope you can join us! 

Scott