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Virtual Conference 2016 (archive)

November 14 – 18, 2016


This year AHG will again stream sessions from all 5 days of the conference, one track during the pre-conference and two tracks during the main conference.


The tentative agenda for the virtual conference is posted below.

Taped-Sessions Add-on

This year we will again tape 18 additional sessions that are not being streamed live. Select this as an add-on if you wish to watch these sessions after the conference.

Logistics and Other Information

  • Time Zone: all times are in Mountain Time.
  • Access All or Part of the Agenda: There is 1 virtual track during the pre-conference and 2 during the main conference. The pricing and sessions included for the various registration options are listed below.
  • Post Conference Viewing: All sessions will be video-taped, captioned and posted on the conference site for later viewing for at least a year. You’ll have access to any sessions included in your original ticket options and can watch them as many times as you like.
  • Virtual Labs: a few of the streamed sessions may be labs. If so, we will send out information ahead of the event so that off-site attendees can obtain the software and files to follow along from their location. We’ll do our best to provide support during the labs but make no guarantee of your ability to keep up with the pace of the class.
  • Specific Agenda: the tentative agenda for the main conference can be found below. Note that this agenda is subject to minor changes.

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See below for specific sessions and registration options.

Virtual Conference Pricing

Ticket Type By Oct. 26 After Oct. 26

All Sessions (November 14 – 18)

Includes Pre-Conference Track (November 14-15) & Both Main Conference Tracks A & Track B (November 16-18)

Individual Ticket $395 $450
Group Ticket $595 $650

Pre-Conference Track Only (November 14-15)

Individual Ticket $240 $265
Group Ticket $390 $430

Main Conference Only – Virtual Track A & B (November 16-18)

Individual Ticket $270 $310
Group Ticket $490 $540


CEUs $65 $65
Site Add-on $100 $100
Taped-Sessions Add-on Indv Group Indv Group
$40 $75 $60 $100


Virtual Agenda

(Note: agenda is subject to changes)

Pre-Conference Virtual Track

Time Monday, Nov. 14
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lab: Evaluating Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) for University Procurement, James Jackson, Michigan State University

(lunch break: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. MST)

2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Lab: Writing video transcripts, captions and audio descriptions, Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz
Time Tuesday, Nov. 15
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.* Lab: Mobile Accessibility Strategies & Standards – What new in 2016?, Kathy Wahlbin, Interactive Accessibility

*Important Note: We are streaming only the morning portion of Kathy Wahlbin’s full-day workshop. The morning portion will be more lecture and demonstration and less interactive than the afternoon portion, which we felt would not translate well to a remote audience. If you have any questions about this, contact Howard Kramer.

(lunch break 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. MST)

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. BYO Device Lab: Simplify your development life with tools, tests and procedures, Eric Eggert, Knowbility

Main Conference Track A

Time Wednesday, Nov. 16
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m Effectively Accommodating Low Vision Students, Jenna Atkinson, Utah Valley University
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Promoting the Universal Design Paradigm on Campus—Everywhere, Sheryl Burgstahler, Accessible Technology Services, University of Washington
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. GrackleDocs: Google Docs Accessibility Checker and PDF/UA, Paul Walker, GrackleDocs
12:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Keynote Talk: Tommy Edison off-site link, the Blind Film Critic
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. DIY Captioning – Using Camtasia & YouTube to create caption files, Jane Melander, MN State University Moorhead
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Talking to Faculty about Accessibility, Gaeir Dietrich, HTCTU
Time Thursday, Nov. 17
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. A Review of Apps & Strategies for Converting and Accessing Print and Digital Material, Felicia Arce, WIND
9:15 a.m.- 10:15 a.m. Translating Visual Information into Tactile Information, Nicole Johnson, Central Washington University
12:50 – 2:00 p.m. Plenary Panel: Sorting out certifications for Accessibility Professionals, Application Designers & Developers, Hadi Rangin, University of Washington, moderator
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. LaTeX and MathML – What Content Creators Need to Know, Krista Greear, Univeristy of Washington
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Interactive maps: how do you make them accessible?, Gian Wild, AccessibilityOz
Time Friday, Nov. 18
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Accessibility and the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative, Jayme Johnson, CCC Online Education Initiative
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. A Little Means a Lot: Simple Ways to Improve Online Course Accessibility, Jennifer Perkins, Eastern Kentucky University
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. WordPress & ATAG Compliance, Joe Dolson, Accessible Web Design

Main Conference Track B

Time Wednesday, Nov. 16
8:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Automated Testing Tools Crash Course, Luis Garcia (double-session)
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. An Introduction to Accessibility Testing for Mobile Apps, Jeff Singleton, Cryptzone
12:50 – 2:00 p.m. Keynote Talk: Tommy Edison off-site link, the Blind Film Critic
2:15 – 4:30 p.m. Generating and Using Accessible Mathematics on the Web, Dr. Volker Sorge, Progressive Accessibility Sol. (Double Session)
Time Thursday, Nov. 17
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Open Source Tools for Evaluating and Inspecting Web Accessibility , Jon Gunderson, University of Illinois
9:15 a.m.- 10:15 a.m. PDFs and Professors: What is Reasonable to Ask of Instructors, Krista Greear, University of Washington
12:50 – 2:00 p.m. Plenary Panel: Sorting out certifications for Accessibility Professionals, Application Designers & Developers, Hadi Rangin, University of Washington, moderator
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. When to test or trust vendor accessibility evaluations, Susan Cullen, California State University
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Building an Accessibility Procurement Process in Higher Education, Kara Zirkle, Miami University
Time Friday, Nov. 18
9:15 – 11:30 a.m. Advanced Techniques for PDF Accessibility, Rob Haverty, Adobe (double-session)
11:45 – 12:45 a.m. The Universal College Campus – Accessible Technology for All, Brad Held, Accessible Technology Coordinator, University of Central Fl


Taped-Sessions Add-on

The sessions listed below are not part of the live stream Virtual Conference but are being taped during the conference. Select “Taped-Sessions Add-on” during registration off-site link to view these sessions on-demand after the conference.

Sessions included in Taped Add-on

Single Ticket Group Ticket
By Oct. 26 $40 $75
After Oct. 26 $60 $100
Wednesday, Nov. 16
Time Session
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Sharing accessible materials: building collaborative repositories and registries, Sue Ann Ma
ARIA: What, Why and When, Philip Kragnes, Manager, Computer Accommodations Program, University of Minnesota
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Accessible Media Training: Design Considerations for Faculty and/or Student Affairs Staff, Brad Held, University of Central Florida
ADA and the Internet – Legal Update, Beth Crutchfield, SSB Bart Group
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Subject area studies as a means to involve faculty and increase accessibility, Phyllis Petteys, Portland Community College
One size does not fit all: Exploring the boundaries of design & inclusive UX, Denis Boudreau, Deque Systems
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. 15 Years After an OCR Suit: NC State University’s Accessibility Refresh, Serena Reavis, University IT Accessibility Coordinator, NC State University
Web Accessibility: Converting PDFs to WCAG 2.0 Compliant HTML, Patrick McGovern, Onix
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Mobile: what not to do, Gian Wild, AccessibilityOz
Social Media, Accessibility, and You, John Foliot, Deque
Thursday, Nov. 19
Time Session
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Creating a Culture of Accessible Procurement at Michigan State University: Library and College/Department Perspectives, Heidi Schroeder, Michigan State University
Semantic Subtleties, Eric Eggert, Knowbility
11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Video player accessibility, Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

(note: this was formally "Overview of The Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT)")

Accessibility Testing or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore WCAG, Luis Garcia, eBay
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Be A Power Player at the Procurement Table! Tips from the Vendor’s Chair, Elizabeth Delfs, Pearson, Inc.
The Future of Closed Captioning, Lily Bond, 3Play Media
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Digital Accessibility Trends, Beth Crutchfield, SSB Bart Group
What’s new in Microsoft Office 365 and how can it help create accessible content and personalize learning experiences, Malavika Rewari, Microsoft

(note: this was formally "Campus-wide response to captioning")



Discount Type¹ Discount Applied Obtaining Discount Code
ATHEN member 10% Contact Joe Humbert at for the discount code.
AHEAD member 10% Consult the member area of the AHEAD websiteoff-site link for the discount code.

¹ Discount types may not be combined.

† More information on ATHEN membership and its link You may also join ATHEN during registration for a cost of $100 and receive the ATHEN discount.



All our online events include real-time captioning. We are using Adobe Connect to stream the virtual conference. The captioning will be transmitted through Adobe’s captioning pod. The video recording of the webcast will be posted with captioning following the event.

Screenreader Access

Adobe Connect is screenreader accessible. We will post tips for using a screenreader before the event.

Ticket Types

Individual Ticket

Play the seminar on your computer. Includes access to the captioned recording of the event afterwards.

Group Ticket

Project the seminar in a meeting room or hall to as many of your colleagues as you like. You can share access to the recording of the event with any of your colleagues at your organization.

(Note: You can only host the pre-conference track at one location. With the group ticket you can stream to two locations for the main conference, one location for each track – A & B. To stream to additional locations, use the site add-on option below).

Site add-on

This option, when purchased with a group ticket, allows you to project or show the virtual conference at an additional site. Once you have purchased a group ticket you can purchase as many “site add-ons” as needed. Each “site add-on” is $100.

How Does It Work?

After registering for the event, you will receive an e-mail before the event with the instructions and url to connect to the virtual event. You will also receive instructions on testing your system before the broadcast day. After the event, once the session recordings are captioned and posted, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access the posted video. The video will be available for viewing for at least 1 year after the event.


CEUs available per day

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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CEU credit of .1 per hour of the conference is available for both the pre- and main conference. A $65 processing fee is required along with the submission of paperwork that documents your completion of the seminar. Virtual attendees will also be required to submit a paragraph of at least 150 words summarizing the key points of each session where CEUs are requested. More information on CEUs will be posted in the coming months.