Upcoming Live Webinars

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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2020 Organizational Professional Development Webinar Series

Authoring Text Alternatives for Images, Part 1: An Introduction to Theory and Methods

Live Broadcast Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 5 hours)
Speaker(s): Todd Marquis Boutin, Senior Director, Accessibility, SPi Global and Pina D'Intino, Accessibility Consultant, Aequum Global Access
Target Audience: Digital content producers, website developers, testers
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced
 

Overview: 

Images often add value to websites and other digital content. For sighted users, images can inform, build interest, and motivate. The text alternatives (alt text) for these images must serve the same purpose for listening users. Alt text can also help users with low vision and cognitive disabilities better understand content viewed via common technology. Part 1 of this 2-part webinar introduces attendees to the theory and practice of authoring alt text for images on business, marketing, informational, educational, and networking websites, as well as other digital products. This session addresses four topics: (1) writing “equivalent” alt text versus describing what an image looks like; (2) image context and purpose; (3) user needs and preferences; (4) current product-specific workflows, authoring tools, and emerging AI-based solutions.

An advanced Authoring Text Alternatives (part 2 of 2) will be offered on February 18th.

More information and to register for Authoring Text Alternatives for Images (Part 1 of 2)

Authoring Text Alternatives for Images, Part 2: Advanced Practice—Graphs, Diagrams, Maps, and Charts

Live Broadcast Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 5 hours)
Speaker(s): Todd Marquis Boutin, Senior Director, Accessibility, SPi Global and Pina D'Intino, Accessibility Consultant, Aequum Global Access
Target Audience: Digital content producers, website developers, testers
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced
 

Overview: 

Graphs, diagrams, maps, and charts represent concepts and summarize data. In learning products, these figures also support student activities and accompany assessment questions. Writing an “equivalent” text alternative for a graph or diagram depends on effective image analysis and alt text design. Ultimately, the alt text must replace the figure, rather than simply describing what it looks like. Part 2 of this 2-part webinar expands on the discussion of alt text theory and methods in Part 1 through interactive demonstrations of alt text assessment and authoring for more complex figures. This session addresses four topics: (1) figure types, their varied uses, and general rules for describing them; (2) informative versus assessment figures, (3) evaluating alt text via a task completion exercise with a screen reader, (4) the 4-step process for alt text authoring (analyze, plan, write, review). Part 1 of the webinar is not a prerequisite for Part 2.

An Authoring Text Alternatives (part 1 of 2) will be offered on February 4th.  However, it is not a pre-requisite for Part 2.

More information and to register for Advanced Authoring Text Alternatives for Images (Part 2 of 2)

Designing  Wayfinding Solutions and Signs that Work for Neuro-diverse Users

Live Broadcast Date:  Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): Christine Hemphill, Managing Director, Open Inclusion and Tom Pokinko, Research Director, Open Inclusion
Target Audience: Anyone considering how to design indoor or outdoor wayfinding including physical and digital solutions
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced
 

Overview: 

An outline of the key areas of diversity that can influence how people perceive and understand signage and wayfinding solutions. Who is being excluded and how?  Introduction to some core challenges and principles for good inclusive design in physical spaces. Then a practical guide - 1/ How to assess the solutions you have. 2/ A process for how to build new inclusive wayfinding and signage solutions 3/ Maintaining solutions and embedding competence. Then a range of examples of good and not so good signage and wayfinding solutions. Lastly  a look to the future. How may wayfinding and signage solutions change in a more deeply connected world? AR overlays in the real world. Signage in virtual worlds. AI, autonomous drivers and more. 

More information and to register for Designing Wayfinding Solutions and Signs that Work for Neuro-diverse Users

WCAG 2.1 and Mobile Accessibility

Live Broadcast Date:  Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): Kara VanRoekel, Manager, Accessibility Services, Level Access
Target Audience: UX Specialists, Developers, UX Researcher, UX Designers, UX Analyst, Head of Product, Product Specialist
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate
 

Overview: 

Ensuring accessibility of mobile devices and their apps is difficult on two fronts: first, the technology is constantly evolving; and second, WCAG 2.0 didn't delve too deeply into guidelines for mobile. This has all changed with WCAG 2.1. Level Access mobile accessibility expert, Kara VanRoekel, will walk you through everything you need to know about the new guidelines.

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Incorporating Personas and Workflows into VPAT Testing Methodology

Live Broadcast Date:  Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): Sheri Byrne-Haber, Head of Accessibility, VMware
Target Audience: Anyone involved in interpreting or authoring VPATs
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced
 

Overview: 

VPAT 2.3 allows has a new field called "Evaluation Methods Used" which encourages the author to describe the methods used to test the product's accessibility.  This webinar discusses one way this field can be utilized in conjunction with a workflow and persona based approach to performing the VPAT testing, including a real-world discussion on how to integrate VPAT testing into the development cycle and specific VPAT concerns for SaaS and Mobile apps.

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Digital Accessibility Trends: 2020 Update

Live Broadcast Date:  Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): Tim Springer, CEO, Level Access
Target Audience: Decision Makers, Product Managers, eCommerce Mangers/Directors, Legal, IT, Marketers
Skill Level: Beginner
 

Overview: 

Where does the world of digital accessibility stand? What trends are sweeping the marketplace? Which laws and regulations are new or changing soon? And how does it all relate to your organization? Explore key digital accessibility trends and developments related to laws and regulations, the market in general, and the ever-changing landscape of technology.

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Accessible Signage

Live Broadcast Date:  Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): BJ Epstein, Senior Designer, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Target Audience: Architects, CASps, Sign Makers, Designers, Building Inspectors
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced
 

Overview: 

Do you struggle with accessible signage? Are you familiar with the codes, but unclear on the reasons behind them? Do you think accessible signage has to be ugly to be compliant? This session will explore the 2010 ADA Standards and 2019 California Building Code, the reasons behind them, and how to get the best possible accessible signage that looks excellent and satisfies the needs of multiple categories of users.

More information and to register for Accessible Signage

UX/Usability Testing - IT Professionals with Disabilities Testing Your Product

Live Broadcast Date:  Thursday, August 6, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): Heather Burns, Accessibility Consultant, Equal Entry and John Samuel, Head of LCI Tech, LCI
Target Audience: Program Managers, Designers, Managers - those that setup/fund usability studies
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate
 

Overview: 

Learn how you can easily incorporate IT professionals with disabilities into your product development cycle.  Collaborating remotely, allows people with vision disabilities to test products using their own computers and assistive technologies. Using video conferencing technology, a professional IT tester, that has a visual disability, can shares both their screen and computer sound. This provides a full view of what the tester is experiencing.  LCI (https://www.lcindustries.com/) is one of the largest employers of Americans who are blind and visually impaired, currently employing over 350 individuals that are blind or low vision.  LCI creates over 2,000 products and distributes thousands more through manufacturing, retail, nationwide distribution and e-commerce channels. LCI Tech is LCI's technology service division employing IT professionals with vision disabilities, trained and ready to assist you.  Using Equal Entry as a case study lean how to partner for an enhanced accessibility experience.

More information and to register for UX/Usability Testing - IT Professionals with Disabilities Testing Your Product

Reporting Accessibility with VPAT 2 - A Guide for Vendors

Live Broadcast Date:  Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, Level Access
Target Audience: B2B Technology Companies, Software Companies, Engineers, Product Engineers, Products Managers, Technology Managers
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate
 

Overview: 

The new VPAT 2 format offers multiple templates, allowing vendors to document conformance common with several common standards including the refreshed Section 508, WCAG 2.1, and EN 301 549 for vendors who sell into Europe or Australia.

As the demand for accessible technology grows, so does the demand for product manufacturers and vendors to formally document their product's or service's conformance with accessibility standards. A VPAT is often a procurement requirement, but even when it's not, having a well written VPAT can be a compelling competitive differentiator for vendors who want to show potential buyers that they're actively evaluating and building accessibility into the products and services they deliver.

More information and to register for Reporting Accessibility with VPAT 2 - A Guide for Vendors

The Forest and the Trees: Scaling for Enterprise-Level Digital Accessibility

Live Broadcast Date:  Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): Kathryn Weber-Hottleman, IT Accessibility Coordinator, University of Connecticut
Target Audience: Higher education professionals, CIOs, leaders of small accessibility offices
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate
 

Overview: 

The increase in virtual course content, combined with the recent lawsuits at Harvard and MIT and updates to Section 508, have pushed online accessibility into the forefront of higher education awareness. With the advent of global accessibility standards and the push for uniformity in online accessibility, the University of Connecticut is in the process of developing its own standards for universal digital accessibility. As a result of this discussion, participants will learn to incorporate consideration of policies, automated and manual compliance testing, and training for various skill levels of web content authors into enterprise-level accessibility plans. Participants will also gain understanding of how institutional accessibility impacts the procurement process and pre-existing standalone digital products.

More information and to register for The Forest and the Trees: Scaling for Enterprise-Level Digital Accessibility

Unmasking Accessibility:  Moving Beyond a Band-Aid Solution

Live Broadcast Date:  Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 5 hours)
Speaker(s): Pina D'Intino, Principle Owner and Accessibility Consultant, Aequum Consulting and Jennifer Chadwick, Lead Accessibility Strategist, SiteImprove
Target Audience: Practitioners are who are looking to apply best practices within a structured approach in order to increase organizational maturity and sustain digital accessibility
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate
 

Overview: 

Accessibility tools shouldn't be like the duct tape the plumber slaps on your pipework to cover leaky cracks.  The plumber may apply the expert fix for an issue on one house call, but does not transfer to you, the homeowner, the skills to address the next leak yourself.  Over the last decade we've talked a lot about developing and understanding standards, upcoming laws and regulations, identifying the right tools to use and incorporating accessibility development and testing into the Agile lifecycle.  The common misconception is that accessibility is a single, stand-alone project.  However, in order to succeed, evidence shows that you must take a closer look at implementing accessibility into your organization's business processes.

More information and to register for Unmasking Accessibility:  Moving Beyond a Band-Aid Solution


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