Webinars: Using Assistive Technology (AT) in Accessibility Testing

ARCHIVE: Using Assistive Technology (AT) in Accessibility Testing

Live Broadcast Held On: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Length: 1.5 hours
Fee: $39 for members; $79 for nonmembers

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Speaker: Kathy Wahlbin, CEO and Founder, Interactive Accessibility

Target Audience: Beginners 

Did you know that blind people can surf the Internet and deaf people can enjoy videos? Have you wondered how people with disabilities use mobile devices? Assistive technology is fascinating and empowering to people with disabilities, yet it presents compliance challenges for producers of online content. The technology provides endless opportunities to gain access to services and content, but often organizations misunderstand or don’t know the accessibility guidelines or how to test for accessibility. Come and learn how you can use AT in accessibility testing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know what assistive technology is and how it is used by people with disabilities
  • Understand what role AT plays in WCAG 2.0
  • Know what and how to test with AT

Speaker Bio: Kathy Wahlbin is the CEO and Founder of Interactive Accessibility. Kathy has been very active in the web accessibility community since 2001, and her company helps organizations understand accessibility laws and guidelines, assess their level of accessibility and achieve compliance.

As an invited expert of the W3C WCAG 2.0 Working Group and the WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force, Kathy is knowledgeable in the trends and directions in accessibility, and she contributes to the development of new techniques and methodologies. She leads the Boston Accessibility group and is chair of the IAAP Individual Professional Development Committee.

Kathy has been a frequent speaker at conferences educating people on the importance of accessibility and has provided accessibility training for many corporations, government agencies and universities. Kathy is also an instructor for a class on Universal Design, Universal Design for Media: Where Accessibility & Usability Meet, at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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