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Special Sessions & Meetings


Wednesday, November 18

Keynote Presentation

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Whitney Quesenbery: Getting from Barrier-Free to Great User Experiences

Exhibitor Reception

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Join us in the Westminster I/II for hors d’oeuvres & refreshments (with Cash Bar)

ATHEN Meeting

Access Technology Higher Education Network

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Stop by the ATHEN Annual Meeting (WB III) to learn about the organization and its resources. (More about ATHEN)

Thursday, November 19

Filmmaker Chris Higgins will conduct interviews for his film #a11y: Making the Web Work for Everyone

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. During Thursday morning’s round-tables, the filmmaker will be looking for a few people who would like to share their own experiences with web a11y on camera. They are particularly interested in anyone who would like to show their own use of assistive technology in accessing the web—a major focus is on visual, motor, and cognitive impairments. All are welcome! Contact Chris if interested.

Plenary Panel

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Technology Accessibility in Higher Education: The Student Perspective

A panel of students with disabilities from across the United States shares their challenges, solutions, success stories, and ideas. Moderated by Terrill Thompson of the AccessComputing project at the University of Washington.

Filmmaker Chris Higgins will conduct interviews for his film #a11y: Making the Web Work for Everyone

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (during unconference) See above for details.

AccessibilityOz Reception and Documentary Film Trailer Screening

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Join AccessibilityOz for a reception with refreshments and a documentary film, “#a11y: Making the Web Work for Everyone.” Filmmaker in attendance! (Westminster Ballroom III/IV)

Meet and Greet with WAI-IG (Web Accessibility Initiative Interest Group)

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Whether or not you subscribe to the WAI-IG list at the W3C, you are a stakeholder in the future of web accessibility and WAI staff and Working Group participants want to meet you and hear your ideas. Join us for an informal Happy Hour to encourage dialogue and welcome those who may be new to the topic. Learn more about current works in progress at WAI, how you can be more involved, and tell us how WAI can be most useful to the community. If you have ideas for future directions for WAI or if you just want to catch up with old friends from the list, WAI staff, volunteers and other IG subscribers are eager to meet you. Hope you can stop by after the sessions end on Thursday. (Location: Westminster Ballroom II).

Friday, November 20

Film Screening: #a11y: Making the Web Work for Everyone

9:15 – 11:45 p.m. Join filmmaker Chris Higgins during the unconference for a preview screening of his film on web accessibility: #a11y: Making the Web Work for Everyone. The screening(s) will be followed by question and answer with the director. (location: Waverly)