December 2008
Volume 3 Issue 1
We offer Technical Assistance and Training on Accessible Technology
For more information, call 800-949-4232 (V/TTY)

Welcome to the Great Lakes ADA Center's quarterly Accessible Technology Bulletin


W3C Announces New Accessibility Standards
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an internationally recognized organization that develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. Web Accessibility is one of their initiatives.
On 11 December 2008 W3C announced a new standard that will help Web designers and developers create sites that better meet the needs of users with disabilities and older users. Drawing on extensive experience and community feedback, the new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 are more easily tested and addresses advanced technologies. The guidelines also have supporting technical and educational materials to make them easier to understand and use.

Technology Trainings & Events
(Central Standard Time)

Technology Implementation: Getting to Where You Want to Be
January 6, 13 2009
On-line Course
This session is sponsored by the Center for Implementing Technology in Education. It will overview Universal Design for Learning and interactive website tools that offer guidance to educators on the stages of effective technology implementation. Learn about just-in-time resources and tools to support instruction for diverse learners and differentiating instruction through technology. For more information go to:
Barrier-free Information Technology. Revised and Enriched
January 9, 2009
Barrier-free Information Technology has been revised and enriched with several new multimedia modules. The course is designed to guide an institution in making both its computer and information technology systems fully accessible to its users with disabilities. The course will describe several different format options and give tips on creating in formats such as Word, PDF, PowerPoint, Web pages and DAISY. For more information go to:
Leadership Forum on Accessibility
January 29-30, 2009
Orlando, FL
This forum is sponsored by the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) and targeted for those in the corporate environment. There is a registration fee. For more information go to:
Web Accessibility Training
February 18-19, 2009
Logan, UT
This hands-on training session, sponsored by Webaim, will teach basic web accessibility principles and to advanced accessibility techniques. For more information:
California State University Northridge (CSUN) Annual Assistive Technology Conference
March 16 - 21, 2009
Los Angeles, CA
This international conference is sponsored by the Center for Disabilities at CSUN. There is a fee, for more information visit:

Join Us for the 2009 Accessible Technology Webinar Series

Registration is now available for the 2009 Accessible Technology Webinar Series. The goal of the series is to increase awareness about the importance of technology accessibility for people with disabilities. Each session is 90 minutes in length. Each session is held online from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Picture of speaker: Mike Scott you Create Accessible Websites Using Flash?
Monday January 12, 2009
Speaker : Mike Scott

Adobe Flash is a multimedia technology used to add animation and interactivity to web pages. Flash Movies are used for everything from simple animations to complete interactive applications, and Flash Video has become the leading video format on the web. Adobe has been working hard to make sure Flash is accessible to people with disabilities, but the techniques are still new (and sometimes painful). This session will discuss what Flash technology is, how it can and should be used, and what you need to know to ensure that is accessible to everyone.

Picture of speaker: Marsha Schwanke Video for the Internet
Monday March 9, 2009 1 2:30 pm CST
Speaker : Marsha Schwanke

Captions are text that is equivalent and synchronized to the content of video. While captioning is vital for access to audio by individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, captions also benefit anyone in a noisy environment, those learning a language, and anyone searching for video content on the web. This session will identify common captioning terms and guidelines, overview conventions for transcripts and captions, and feature practical solutions that will help you provide accessible video for your online customers.

Picture of speaker: Timothy Creagan Update of the 508 Accessibility Standards
Monday May 11, 2009
Speaker : Timothy Creagan

This presentation will discuss the ongoing update or refresh of the Accessibility standards for electronic and information technology of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the telecommunications accessibility guidelines of Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act. The Access Board convened an advisory committee, the TEITAC which prepared and submitted a report of recommendations to the Access Board in April 2008. Since then, staff of the Access Board has been working on draft text for revised regulations. Come and listen to this webinar about the process and the expected results of this refresh, which will have impact worldwide on the rights of people with disabilities and the design of information and communications technology.

Picture of speaker:  Kevin Price why and how to create accessible PDFs
Monday July 13, 2009
Speaker : Kevin Price

The PDF file format is no longer inaccessible to people with disabilities. If PDF files are developed with accessibility in mind, people with disabilities can use their assistive technology to access needed information from PDF files. This presentation will be an overview on the variety of methods and tools to ensure that the PDF files are accessible. Simple instructions will be shared along with advanced techniques, tools, and tips that can be used in the process of creating accessible PDF files.

Picture of speaker: Cynthia D. Waddell International Perspective of Website Accessibility
Monday September 14, 2009
Speaker : Cynthia D. Waddell

An increasing number of countries around the world have adopted accessible web design laws and policies. Because of the historic number of signatories to the United Nations treaty or Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, it is expected that more attention will be paid to this issue in the future. This session will discuss the international movement towards web accessibility.

For more information or questions please contact Janet Peters online or via phone at (312) 413-5931.


The Great Lakes ADA Center provides expert assistance via a national toll-free information line 800-949-4232 (V/TTY) or Online via Contact Us and presents customized trainings for employers, businesses, government, and individuals with disabilities regarding accessible technology and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Great Lakes ADA and Accessible IT Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Disability and Human Development (MC 728)
1640 West Roosevelt Road, Room 405
Chicago, IL 60608-6904

Last Updated on:
Wed Jul 3, 2013