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.


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


  • 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
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!