May – June  2018
Volume 12 Issue 3 

ADA Center's quarterly Accessible Technology Bulletin

Technology Trainings & Events

AccessU by Knowability
May 15-16, 2018: Austin, TX
The John Slatin Access U conference was named after John Slatin of the University of Texas, a pioneering leader in web accessibility. The goal is to provide tools that can immediately be put to use by designers, developers, project managers, administrators, and anyone who is responsible for online content and development. John Slatin Access U teaches those skills in an interactive and communal environment where you will learn everything you need to know about integrating accessibility into your company. For more information visit AccessU 2018.
Procurement: A Guide to Buy Buy Buy Accessible Technology
May 17, 2018 1pm CST
If you're a buyer or a technology purchasing decision maker in your organization, this is one webinar you won't want to miss! In this webinar, you'll learn: Why digital accessibility matters to humanity, your lawyer, and your bottom line, How buying accessible tech benefits people without disabilities, too, What questions to ask in RFPs to root out the best fit for your organization, How to translate a VPAT 2.0 or a WCAG Support Statement into plain English. For more information: visit Level Access.
M-Enabling Summit 2018
June 11-13, 2018
Arlington, VA
The M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase is dedicated to promoting accessible and assistive technology for senior citizens and users of all abilities. It is an annual meeting place for all who create and contribute accessible ICT products, services and consumer technologies. With its theme of "Making Connected Things and Services Accessible for All", the 2017 M-Enabling Summit will provide a platform for empowering technologies and focus on next-generation innovations and breakthroughs for users of all abilities. For more information visit: Summit 2018.
Facebook and the Accessible Workplace
June 21, 2018 1PM CST
Arlington, VA
In recent years Facebook has become a tool for professional networking and on-the-job workplace productivity through its enterprise collaboration software, Workplace. This webinar will discuss why and how Facebook has made accessibility a priority. Participants will learn: Facebook's ethos around accessibility, What accessibility groups Facebook is involved with and initiatives they support, Summary of accessibility for Workplace by Facebook, Summary of available accessibility tools and features on Facebook, How accessibility features have provided benefits for all. For more information visit:PEAT Works.

2018 Accessible Technology Webinar Series

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Announcing the 2018 Accessible Technology Webinar series schedule. The series is hosted and coordinated by the Great Lakes ADA Center and the Pacific ADA Center, both members of the ADA National Network. The ADA National Network provides comprehensive services for up-to-date information, consultation, referrals, resources, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act for businesses, employers, governmental entities, service providers and individuals with disabilities.

The next session is Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00 – 2:30pm CST, Using WordPress for Accessible Web Development with Speaker Joe Dolson, Founder of Accessible Web Design.

Joe Dolson
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WordPress is a powerful and flexible Content Management System that lends itself to building accessible web sites. With flexibility, however, there are some risks. We'll talk about the strengths and weaknesses of WordPress when it comes to building accessible web sites, addressing some aspects of what you can do to ensure better accessibility and what you should avoid.

Joseph Dolson has been writing and working in web accessibility since 2004, when he founded the web development and accessibility consultancy Accessible Web Design. His articles have been published in Practical eCommerce magazine, QualityWorld, the Accessites blog, and many other places around the web. His work in WordPress includes the authorship of several popular plug-ins and he's active as a team lead on the WordPress accessibility team, He led the push to develop requirements and mechanisms for WordPress accessibility-ready themes.

The Accessible Technology Webinar series is free, but participants must register.

Save the date for future webinar sessions:

  • July 19, 2018 - Topic TBD
  • July 19, 2018 - Online Video Accessibility
  • September 20, 2018 - Accessibility InDesign Tips

Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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Regional GAAD Events:

  • Champaign, IL - Global Accessibility Awareness Day 1207 S. Oak Street
  • Champaign, IL
  • Chicago, IL - Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018 500 W Madison Suite 2300,Chicago, IL
  • Minneapolis, MN - Panel Discussion: Making the Case for Digital Accessibility 1153 16th Ave SE Minneapolis, MN

Student Self-Evaluation Matrix

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Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post-Secondary education is a project of the Great Lakes ADA Center and is a collaborative effort of hundreds of professionals from a wide variety of higher education, K-12 schools and students. QIAT-PS recently developed and is currently piloting the Student Self-Evaluation Matrix tool. The Student Self-Evaluation Matrix is a set of quality indicators for identifying AT skills students' need. Using the Student Self-Evaluation Matrix is a way for individuals or teams to help identify the skills needed to use AT in the Post-Secondary environment.

The following are the quality indicators for the Matrix tool:

  • 1. AT Self-awareness The student is aware of the impact of his or her disability on performance and knowledgeable about AT used to address that impact.
  • 2. Knowledge of Legal Rights Regarding AT The student understands the laws which address the rights to accommodations and the use of AT, including how to get help when access is denied.
  • 3. Disclosure of Disability for AT Accommodations The student understands that federal laws require disclosure of disability information in order to acquire necessary AT devices and supports. The Student is able to provide the information needed in order to request an AT accommodation effectively.
  • 4. AT Self-Advocacy The student knows about available AT supports and takes a leadership role with disability services or other agencies to acquire needed AT devices and services.
  • 5. AT Communication The student is able to effectively communicate with faculty, service providers and peers concerning his/her disability and the ways AT is used.
  • 6. AT Self-evaluation The student knows how to evaluate personal performance when using AT and makes adjustments in AT use in order to improve performance.
  • 7. Strategic Use of AT The student uses of a variety of AT solutions and can independently choose the appropriate AT option for each situation.
  • 8. Independent AT Use The student uses AT accommodations effectively and independently.
  • 9. AT Problem Solving The student knows strategies for identifying issues, problem solving difficulties and acquiring technical assistance when needed.
  • 10. Long-term AT Planning The student knows how to make long-term plans for AT selection, acquisition and use.

  • For more information on QIAT-PS or to become involved in the project visit the website or email Janet Peters, Project Coordinator.

Last Updated on:
Tue Jun 26, 2018