July - September 2015
Volume 9 Issue 4 

ADA Center's quarterly Accessible Technology Bulletin

Technology Trainings & Events
(Central Standard Time)

Improving Accessibility Through Policy Driven Adoption
July 9, 2015 1pm CST
Accessibility laws and standards have been on the books in the US and other parts of the world for over a decade, yet despite our best efforts in many areas of accessibility adoption and commitment to IT accessibility in both public and private sectors have been severely lacking. In this webinar, Jeff will discuss causes for the low adoption levels and offer Policy Driven Adoption as an approach to improve accessibility at all levels. For more information: www.ssbbartgroup.com
Empowering YouTube for Higher Education
July 9, 2015 1pm CST
This webinar will teach you how to leverage your YouTube videos to create an engaging learning portal for your students. Justin McCutcheon, the CEO and co-founder of Cattura, will walk you through the tools available for utilizing learning solutions that bridge Google Apps for Education, YouTube, and other Google services to create a rich video experience for your YouTube videos directly inside of your learning management system course. For more information: info.3playmedia.com
Association on Higher Education and Disability(AHEAD)
July 13 - 18, 2015
St Paul, MN
The annual international AHEAD conference brings together professionals in the fields of higher education and disability for a week of information-sharing, networking and theoretical and practical training. There are strands on technology for people with disabilities. For more information visit: www.ahead.org
Web Accessibility Training
July 14- 15, 2015
Logan, UT
This hands-on training session, sponsored by Webaim, will teach basic web accessibility principles and to advanced accessibility techniques. For more information visit : webaim.org/training/
Creating and Reading Accessible ePub Documents for Beginners
July 16, 2015 1pm CST
This session will discuss E-readers that handle ePub, including Adobe Digital Editions, Dolphin EasyReader, and Balabolka. It will also highlight ePub authoring applications including, DotEPUB, RoboBraille.org, Open Office Writer with the Writer2ePub. For more information visit: easi.cc/clinic.htm
WeCo ADA Anniversary Webinar: Then and Now
July 16, 2015 11am CST
Part of the WeCo's Face of Accessibility Series which are designed to educate organizations and individuals about the "why" and "how" of accessible IT. For more information: www.theweco.com
Driving Innovation with Accessibility in Government
July 22, 2015 1pm CST
Government agencies are increasingly being tasked with providing services that can be easily accessed by any user, any time, anywhere, and on any device. Creating this inclusive, accessible environment is about meeting the broad range of individual human needs so that everyone - including people with disabilities; can be a productive and active participant. Sponsored by the National Business & Disability Council and IBM. For more information www.ibm.com/able/
DIY Workflows for Captioning and Transcription
July 23, 2015 1pm CST
While using a 3rd party captioning service certainly makes the captioning and transcription process easier for video producers, sometimes it is not a plausible solution (mainly due to cost). In this webinar, Ken Petri, the Director of the Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center, will walk you through the process of DIY captioning. For more information: info.3playmedia.com
Implementing Accessibility Strategically
Aug 6, 2015 1pm CST
IT Accessibility is a complex topic which can impact many areas of an organization. Even when an organization is relatively committed to make its products and services accessible, the organization itself is not enabled for addressing IT accessibility in all its dimensions. When considering the accessibility of ALL of an organization's IT including external products, services, and its complex internal IT environment, e-learning, etc., a comprehensive, holistic approach needed. For more information: www.ssbbartgroup.com
Quick Start to Captioning
Aug 6, 2015 1pm CST
Learn the basics of how to add closed captions or subtitles to make your videos fully accessible, searchable, and SEO-friendly. For more information: info.3playmedia.com
Twitter with JAWS and MAGic
Aug 25, 2015 1pm
This session will highlight using twitter with JAWS and MAGic including practical tips and tricks. For more information visit: easi.cc/clinic.htm
Boston Accessibility Conference
Sept 19, 2015
Boston, MA
The Boston Accessibility Conference is an "unconferences" with the purpose of bringing developers, usability professionals, web designers, other IT professionals, and end users with or without disabilities together in an informal, non-threatening environment to learn from each other. For more information: http://a11y-bos.org/

Join Us for Next Accessible Technology Webinar

The Accessible Technology Webinar series is hosted and coordinated by the Great Lakes ADA Center and the Pacific ADA Center, 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 July 16, 2015 1:00 - 2:30pm CST
Turning Text Into Speech: Real World Applications and Examples
with Speaker Jonathan Campbell, MN State Services for the Blind

Computers these days have a lot to say but only if you know the right way to ask them. With text-to-speech a user can have the computer read almost any text out loud. This can be a life changing tool for people who are blind, low vision, or have a print related disability. But what are these tools, how do they work, and what does it look like in real life for an everyday user? In this Webinar we will explore text-to-speech tools available on computers, tablets, and smart phones through the use of real world examples.

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Jonathan Campbell

About our Speaker

As a trainer of blind and low vision computer users Jonathan has gained a significant amount of hands-on experience of text-to-speech technology and will demonstrate the way his clients find success with text-to-speech tools. You'll also learn how people with print related disables like dyslexia can leverage these tools to find success.

Jonathan Campbell works as an Assistive Technology Specialist for Minnesota State Services for the Blind. He helps low vision and blind Minnesotans stay independent with technology through assessments, technical assistance, and hands-on training. He is also the host of the Access Ninja Podcast at www.access.ninja where he and his co-host Rachel Magario discuss assistive technology issues from the perspective of users, developers, and professionals.

Before working for the state Jonathan was an assistive technology specialist and videographer for the PACER Center's Simon Technology Center where he performed technology consultations, workshops, and training programs for professionals and parents of children with disabilities. While with PACER Jonathan shot and produced the entire Assistive Technology in Action and Simply Said video series. Both of these series come up as the top hit on YouTube when you search "Assistive Technology".

The Accessible Technology Webinar series is free, but participants must register at http://www.ada-audio.org/

Future sessions:

  • September 17, 2015 How do I know if my PDF is accessible?
  • November 19, 2015 Social Media, Accessibility and Disability Inclusion

The Accessibility Viewer (aViewer)

The Accessibility Viewer (aViewer) is a free, inspection tool for Windows that displays the accessibility API information (MSAA, IAccessible2, UI Automation, ARIA, HTML DOM) exposed by web browsers to the operating system, and thus to any assistive technology (AT) such as screen readers. The Accessibility Viewer (aViewer) is developed by Jun and Steve Faulkner (The Paciello Group, Europe), with support from Hans Hillen, Gez Lemon (The Paciello Group, Europe), and Google.


  • Exposes MSAA, iAccessible2, ARIA, HTML DOM and UI Automation properties.
  • Displays a navigable accessibility tree. The tree scope can be customized via the 'view' menu.
  • Accessibility properties, accessibility tree and HTML code panes.
  • Customize which MSAA, IAccessible2 and UIA properties to display via the settings dialog:

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For more information and to download aViewer:

New Punch-In Webinar in July

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5 Questions to Ask as You Job Search that will Help You Find Your Niche

Punch-In is sponsoring a new webinar for young adults with disabilities. Punch-in, a project of the Great Lakes ADA Center, is sponsoring a webinar for young adults with disabilities to learn about employment accommodations. The webinar is on July 9, 2015 at 4pm CST.

Session Description

Starting a job search can be a overwhelming, lonely process and most times individuals in their early 20s are unsure where to begin. This lack of clarity from resources available all the way to trying to discover your strengths and passions can lead to working in a job you are not satisfied with. Kevin O'Connell, author and founder of The Niche Movement, a community of young professionals set out to end employment unhappiness, will walk you through five questions and provide current resources and tips as it relates to starting out your job search. Many tips will be presented from his new book The Niche Movement: The New Rules to Finding The Career You Love that was funded on Kickstarter in 2014. Questions are welcomed prior to, during, or after the webinar so Kevin can best help your job search and help you find your niche.


Kevin O'Connell has over eight years of experience in the social media landscape and digital storytelling. He is a content creator helping start-ups and designs custom digital marketing strategies. Clients include, George Washington University's Business School, Lemonade Day DC, and Lost Rhino Brewery. Prior to starting his own company, he worked at Rutgers University building a social media infrastructure and digital media department for their campus wide. Finally, he just released his Kickstarter funded book The Niche Movement: The New Rules to Finding A Career You Love. Kevin is a collaborator on the Punch-In Employment course.

The webinar is free, but you must be a part of the Punch-In network to participate. If you are interested in becoming part of Punch-In, please email Janet Peters at jpete@uic.edu for more information.

Mobile Accessibility

One question we often get at the Great Lakes ADA Center when conducting Accessibility trainings is "but how do I make it accessible for mobile?"

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"Mobile" is a generic term for a broad range of wireless devices and applications that are easy to carry and use in a wide variety of settings, including outdoors. Mobile devices range from small handheld devices (e.g. feature phones, smartphones) to somewhat larger tablet devices. The term also applies to "wearables" such as "smart"-glasses, "smart"-watches and fitness bands, and is relevant to other small computing devices such as those embedded into car dashboards, airplane seatbacks, and household appliances.

The Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium actually has a many resources and technical guidance on this area. It is important to note that mobile platforms do not have separate guidelines. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) is highly relevant to both web and non-web mobile content and applications. But mobile devices do present a mix of accessibility issues that are different from the typical desktop/laptop. For example, these best practices highlight specific accessibility concerns on mobile platforms:

  • Ensure that images used as controls have sufficient size for touch
  • Use information available via mobile sensors to provide custom experience
  • Separate interactive elements by a space to facilitate activation by touch
  • Position important page elements before page scroll
  • Keep the page banner short to avoid unnecessary scrolling
  • Place buttons where they are easy to access
  • Ensure pages support both portrait and landscape mode
  • Use simple navigation concepts with consistent interaction patterns
  • Using Standard operating system alerts where available

WCAG 2.0 does not provide testable success criteria for some of the mobile-related issues, but the Mobile Accessibility Task Force is working on developing techniques to do so.

In Addition to WCAG 2.0, these W3C Guidelines and resources are applicable to mobile technologies.

User Agent Accessibility Guidelines and Accessible Mobile Browsers

The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 is meant for the developers of user agents (e.g. web browsers and media players), whether for desktop/laptop or mobile operating systems. A user agent that follows UAAG 2.0 will improve accessibility through its own user interface, through options it provides for rendering and interacting with content, and through its ability to communicate with other technologies, including assistive technologies. To assist developers of mobile browsers, the UAAG 2.0 Reference support document contains numerous mobile examples.

Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines and Accessible Mobile Authoring Tools

The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 provides guidelines for the developers of authoring tools, whether for desktop/laptop or mobile operating systems. An authoring tool that follows ATAG 2.0 will be both more accessible to authors with disabilities (Part A) and designed to enable, support, and promote the production of more accessible web content by all authors (Part B). To assist developers of mobile authoring tools, the Implementing ATAG 2.0 support document contains numerous mobile authoring tool examples.

Independent User Interface

Independent User Interface 1.0 (IndieUI) is a way for user actions to be communicated to web applications, including mobile applications. This will make it easier for applications to work with a wide range of devices, including assistive technologies.

Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications

Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA), the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, defines a way to make web content more accessible, especially dynamic content and advance user interface controls. It applies to web applications and to accessing websites with mobile devices. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies.


Get Involved

If you would like to be more involved in the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative's work on mobile accessibility, please send an e-mail to wai@w3.org with Subject: mobile accessibility volunteer


Last Updated on:
Mon Jun 29, 2015