How to Use Assistive Technology to Comply with Section 508

Format: Webinar 
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Presenters: Howard Kramer, University of Colorado at Boulder
Kathy Wahlbin, Interactive Accessibility

On-Demand Webinar

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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
Updates to the Section 508 standards will incorporate the WCAG 2.0 guidelines raise the bar for content design, development, and accessibility compliance. Learn about these new developments, changes in assistive technology, and what this means for accessibility testing. The demand to provide accessible content is growing, and to meet it, we need more people with accessibility expertise. Be the one with that knowledge. 

What You'll Learn

Learn what Assistive Technology (AT) is commonly used, what is new with it, and how it affects your testing.  We'll discuss developments in the guidelines and how we test for them, and whether meeting the guidelines means the content will work with assistive technology.  Specifically:
  • What AT is and how is it used? 
  • What are highlights of the WCAG 2.0 guidelines?
  • What role does AT play in WCAG 2.0?
  • How should you use AT in testing? 
  • What can you test with AT, and what’s hard to test without AT?

About the Presenters

Howard Kramer is an Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP). Howard has worked in the field of Assistive Technology and accessible media for over 15 years, is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP), and has worked on accessibility in university environment for over 15 years. He is an invited expert of the W3C WCAG Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG).
Howard also founded the annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference: Accessible Media, Web & Technology. He is the developer and instructor for a class on Universal Design titled, Universal Design for Media: Where Accessibility & Usability Meet, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the Co-PI for the grant project: Promoting the Integration of Universal Design into University Curricula (UDUC) which works to increase universal design related content in University courses.
Kathy Wahlbin is the CEO and Founder of Interactive Accessibility.  Kathy has been very active in the web accessibility community for 13 years, since the early days of Section 508, 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 Individual Professional Development Committee and International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).  
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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