Upcoming Webinars - Digital Accessibility

IAAP offers live webinars on a monthly basis on a variety of topics. Please see below for a listing of live upcoming webinars you can attend. If you miss a webinar, IAAP records and archives every webinar and makes them available for purchase.  Registrants of a live broadcast webinar will receive access to the recording at the conclusion of the broadcast.

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2021 Organizational Professional Development Webinar Series - Digital

Accessibility in an Agile Methodology

Live Broadcast Date:  Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST | 4:00 pm GMT
Speaker(s): Helen Burge, Senior Accessibility and Usability Consultant, AbilityNet
Target Audience: Those with basic understanding and trying to improve accessibility working practices  in their business model - operations, IT managers, Heads of Digital, Website managers, Accessibility champions, Digital Project Managers
Skill Level: Intermediate 

A practical walk through of applying accessibility principles to an Agile workflow. This includes examples and how to apply it successfully in your business. If you are looking to implement accessibility within an Agile framework, this class will help with the tried and tested techniques for you to use in your company.

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What Makes An Accessible Kiosk Application

Live Broadcast Date:  Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST | 3:00 pm GMT
Speaker(s): Laura Boniello Miller, Corporate Business Development Manager, Vispero and Rachael Bradley Montgomery, Director, Accessible Community
Target Audience: Application Developers, Accessibility Professionals, Marketing 
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced

Kiosk applications must be built to be accessible and work with a screen reader such as JAWS.  Learn how and when to apply WCAG 2.1/2.2 AA and AAA to your upcoming or existing kiosk deployment. How are kiosk applications different from traditional websites or mobile applications and what should you consider in developing one? Building an accessible kiosk is only partially about kiosk hardware. The accessibility of kiosk software should also be considered in order to build a cohesive accessible kiosk experience.

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UX/Usability Testing Panel: Personas, User Experience, and Research

Live Broadcast Date:  Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST | 3:00 pm GMT
Panelists: Raphael Clegg-Vinell, Senior Accessibility and Usability Consultant, AbilityNet; Lisa Vissichelli, Head of Visual Design, Research Manager, AnswerLab; Kathryn Weber-Hottleman, IT Accessibility Coordinator, University of Connecticut
Moderator: Bradley Held, Head of Digital Accessibility, UNC - Chapel Hill
Target Audience: Web developers and designers, UX professionals, website managers, accessibility champions, project managers
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate

The webinar panel will focus on three main areas: 1) how to use personas to incorporate accessibility from the beginning of solution's design; 2) visualizing user experiences as a way to breakdown customer needs in context; and 3) Outlining a range of research methods you can use to focus on user testing and inclusion.

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Cultivating Accessible Cultures in Associations

Live Broadcast Date:  Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST | 3:00 pm GMT
Speaker(s): Nell (she/her/hers) Koneczny, Accessibility & Meetings Coordinator, American Anthropological Association
Target Audience: Association members and leadership, accessibility consultants, anyone trying to build accessibility into their organization's culture
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Associations are often industry pioneers who prescribe new standards within disciplines, whether in business, tech, medicine, academia, etc. The American Anthropological Association (AAA) hired its first Accessibility & Meetings Coordinator in summer 2019, establishing accessibility as worthy of a full-time professional staff role within the association world. This position was not only developed to maintain compliance, but incorporated the opportunity for a professional space to go beyond that by incorporating disability culture directly as a job responsibility. Cultivating cultural change within the association, and ideally the discipline, requires both concrete actions to support accessibility norms and intentional outreach to association members to facilitate collective responsibility for accessibility. This journey relies on knowledge informed collaboratively and communally by disability, Deaf, Autistic, spoonie, and accessibility cultures. This webinar will focus on centering disabled people and people with access needs, strengthening allyship, and moving beyond compliance-based understandings of accessibility, disability, and disability-adjacent categories.

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Accessible Gaming Panel

Live Broadcast Date:  Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST | 5:00 pm GMT
Panelist: Jarek Beksa, Lecturer, Media Design School; Dafydd Henke-Reed, Senior Accessibility and Usability Consultant, AbilityNet; and Cyndi Wiley, Digital Accessibility Lead, Iowa State University
Moderator: Dr. Andreas Stiegler, Creative Technologist, Strichpunkt Design 
Target Audience: Digital accessibility specialists, audio gamers, user interface designers, games developers, games designers, IT managers, website managers, digital project managers, digital marketers for gaming, anyone interested in accessible gaming
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate

This webinar will breakdown accessible gaming from three different approaches: 1) how gaming is not just for entertainment anymore – learn how gamification is trending more and more in corporate learning and game-based learning is up and coming in K-12 and higher education classrooms; 2) with only a small percentage of available games being accessible, hear about a practice-oriented research project has investigated the potential of audio games through the design and development of the Audio Game Hub and Blind Cricket; 3) how to address different accessibility needs and build accessibility into gaming from the beginning.

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Fundamental Concepts Underpinning Accessibility Advice

Live Broadcast Date:  Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST | 3:00 pm GMT
Speaker(s): Matthew Atkinson, Senior Accessibility Engineer, Paciello Group
Target Audience: Developers, Content Creators and Subject Matter Consultants
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate

There can be times when we as consultants are asked for accessibility advice on a specific situation and the answer surprises a client - even a client with some experience and lots of determination to make their site as accessible as possible. There are also times when we find code that is meant to help the user, and care has gone into its creation, but it could actually be detrimental. This webinar discusses and gives examples and solutions of the fundamentals that we consider when evaluating a particular question or situation, and will be able to start making connections between those underlying principles and particular approaches that could be used in concrete situations.

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AI Fairness for Persons with Disabilities in Workplace Technologies 

Live Broadcast Date:  Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST | 3:00 pm GMT
Speaker(s): Bill Curtis, Co-Director at Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) - Inclusive Design & Accessibility for Emerging Technology 
Target Audience: Accessibility Leaders/Specialists, Human Resources Leaders/Specialists, Legal/Compliance Leaders/Specialists, Technology Managers, Training Managers
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing workplaces, having advanced rapidly in recent years alongside innovations in big data, machine learning and computing power. This webinar will outline how AI-enabled technologies are being used in the workplace to screen job applicants, streamline application processes, provide training, support virtual / in-person communication and collaboration, and more. AI is also powering exciting innovations in assistive technology for people with disabilities. While AI holds tremendous potential for both employers and employees to make workplaces more inclusive, it also carries risks for people with disabilities related to privacy, ethics, and bias. In this webinar, participants will learn about key AI fairness, employment policy, and usage challenges, as well as understand promising practices for responsible and inclusive implementation of AI-enabled workplace technologies. 

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Multilingual Website Accessibility

Live Broadcast Date:  Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST | 4:00 pm GMT
Speaker(s): Amiee Hannaford, Owner / Principal Architect, Spatial Path
Target Audience: Project Managers, Web Technical Teams, and Web Design Teams
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced

This session will cover two challenging topics together: multilingual websites and accessibility/Section 508 compliance. Many organizations may need to successfully fulfill both requirements on their websites. The subtleties of how both functionalities are implemented, tested, and deployed are a critical factor for a successful and accessible web project. We'll cover the basics of how supporting websites in multiple languages affect assistive technology and find out if the Google Translate widget will be enough to meet multiple levels of compliance. Some knowledge of the basics of accessible web sites will help understand the session but are not required to get value out of the discussion.

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Overcoming Obstacles to Manual Accessibility Testing

Live Broadcast Date:  Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST | 3:00 pm GMT
Speaker(s): Larry Lewis, Director of Government Sales and Strategic Partnerships, Paciello Group
Target Audience: QA, Developers and Accessibility testers
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced

The practice of functionally testing with screen readers have played a significant role in the manual testing processes of developers, QA testers, and accessibility specialists for the better part of two decades providing useful feedback to developers that cannot be solely gleaned by automated testing services. This session presents a solution to the challenges faced by sighted developers and quality assurance testers who are tasked with the process of manually testing digital content with a screen reader within a desktop environment. When time is of the essence, and deadlines are expected to be met, this necessary step to ensure that content is developed using accessibility best practices is often performed fairly hastily, and sometimes is overlooked altogether. Sighted individuals who are presented with the option of using a screen reader may have had little to no training as to how to effectively utilize a screen reader to perform basic tasks essential for manual, functional testing. Also, even if such training has been provided, the reality of a stream of auditory information being spoken to the untrained ear may be off-putting to the sighted, screen reading participant if not exercised consistently and routinely. Testers may improperly test content by tracking programmatic focus visually with speech muted, or with the screen reader disabled, simply because synthetic speech is perceived by them to be uncomfortable, disruptive, and at times overwhelming. While this presentation does not excuse nor eliminate the need for the use of a screen reader to perform specific manual tests within a desktop environment, it showcases an inclusive approach to using a screen reader coupled with complementary tools to perform accessibility testing, primarily for web and PDF content.

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VPAT Part 1: Quality Accessibility Conformance Reports using the VPAT

Live Broadcast Date:  Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST | 4:00 pm GMT
Speaker(s): Michele Van Doozer, Senior Accessibility Program Manager, Oracle and Mary Jo Mueller, Accessibility Standards Program Manager, IBM
Target Audience: Accessibility professionals, policy makers, developers, designers, testers, procurement
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate

In the ICT procurement process the Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) based on the Voluntary In the ICT procurement process the Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) based on the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT®) is a key tool to help understand how well a product meets accessibility guidelines and standards. This session reviews what goes into writing a good ACR and what is involved in reading an ACR. We will include sample ACRs, with tips and tricks on making them more effective for everyone. Product Accessibility Template (VPAT®) is a key tool to help understand how well a product meets accessibility guidelines and standards. This session reviews what goes into writing a good ACR and what is involved in reading an ACR.

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VPAT - Part 2 - Enhancing Your Product's Accessibility Conformance Reports; VPAT - Demonstrates A Company's commitment  to Accessibility! (Tips and Lessons Learned)

Live Broadcast Date:  Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST | 4:00 pm GMT
Speaker(s): Rebecca Knoll, Digital Accessibility Professional, CGI, Priti Rohra, Chief Accessibility Officer, BarrierBreak, and Elizabeth Whitmer, Digital Accessibility Professional, CGI
Target Audience: Accessibility professionals, policy makers, developers, designers, testers, procurement, accessibility engineers, QA professionals, product managers, sales professionals 
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced

VPAT is a report to demonstrate Accessibility intent of a company. In many cases, an Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) or completed Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) serves as your product's "first impression" when it comes to accessibility. Therefore, it's critical to ensure your ACR contains accurate and understandable remarks that provide a clear picture of your product's accessibility.

In this session, CGI will describe our recommendations for writing an ACR and a Supplemental Accessibility Report (SAR) that are thorough but usable documents; providing your clients with a procurement document and/or release deliverable they can clearly understand. We will also discuss accessibility successes and challenges that users experience.

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