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Virtual Conference 2018

November 12 – 16, 2018


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 specific agenda for the virtual conference can be found below. Changes to the program may occur between now and the date of the conference.

Videotaped 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.

Promoting the Integration of Universal Design into University Curricula (UDUC) Virtual Track

In collaboration with AHG, UDUC will present a track of sessions, 3 of them live-streamed and recorded, on teaching about Universal Design in university curriculum and related topics. The $35/$50 individual/group fees to access the virtual sessions of this track live are waived for faculty or for groups that include faculty participants who are teaching or interested in teaching about accessibility in their courses.

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 videotaped, captioned and posted on the conference site for later viewing for at least two years. You’ll have access to any sessions included in your original ticket options and can watch them as many times as you like. The videos and other recorded items will be available about 4 to 6 weeks after the conclusion of the conference. Instructions and account information will be sent out when the videos are available for viewing.
  • Virtual Labs: a few of the streamed sessions will be labs. 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.

Register at this url

Virtual Conference Pricing

Ticket Type By Oct. 25 After Oct. 25

All Sessions (November 12 – 16)

Includes Pre-Conference Track (November 12-13) & Both Main Conference Tracks A & Track B (November 14-16)

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

Pre-Conference Track Only (November 12-13)

Individual Ticket $240 $265
Group Ticket $390 $430
Ticket Type By Oct. 25 After Oct. 25

Main Conference Only – Virtual Track A & B (November 14-16)

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

Recordings & Group Site-Add-on

Indv Group Indv Group
Audio-only Recordings of Conference Sessions * $90 $170 $110 $195
Site Add-on ** n/a $175 n/a $199
Videotaped Add-on  $65 $100 $80 $115


CEUs $65 n/a $65 n/a

* Not all sessions are recorded – only includes main conference sessions that are not part of the virtual conference or the 18 additional videotaped sessions (see below). The cost of the audio-only recordings at or after the conference will be $140.

** Select this to allow the webcast to be streamed to another location at your organization.

† These are 18 additional videotaped sessions that are not being streamed live. Select this as an add-on if you wish to watch these sessions after the conference. These videotaped sessions include both audio of the speaker and video capture of the PowerPoints and screen display (but no video of the speakers themselves).


Virtual Schedule Overview

Virtual Schedule Overview
Date Start Time End Time Lunch and other breaks
Monday, Nov. 12 (pre-conference) 10:30 am 5:00 pm (1:00 – 2:30 pm)
Tuesday, Nov. 13 (pre-conference) 9:00 am 4:30 pm (12:00 – 1:30 pm)
Wednesday, Nov. 14 8:00 am 4:30 pm (10:15 – 11:15 am, 12:15 – 2:15 pm)
Thursday, Nov. 15 8:00 am 5:00 pm (10:15 a.m. – 2:15 pm, 3:15 – 4:00 pm)
Friday, Nov. 16 9:15 am 12:45 pm (none)

* The keynote will also be streamed on Thursday evening from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

Virtual Agenda

(This is likely the final agenda but due to cancellations and other events beyond our control, still subject to change.)

Pre-Conference Virtual Schedule

Time Monday, Nov. 12
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lab: Accessible Adobe InDesign Layouts to Produce Accessible PDFs and EPUBs, Bevi Chagnon, President and Founding Partner, PubCom—Publishing Communications

(lunch break: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. MST)

Time Tuesday, Nov. 13
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.* Lab: Understanding and Evaluating WCAG 2 Color and Contrast, Jonathan Whiting, Director of Training & Evaluation, WebAIM

(lunch break 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. MST)

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Captioned Media: Developing a Systematic Approach that Meets the Needs of Your Institution, Stephanie Zito, National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC), et al

Main Conference Track A

Time Wednesday, Nov. 14
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m Not So Fast: Implementing Accessibility Reviews in a University’s IT Software Review Process , Crystal Tenan, NC State University, et al
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m Math Accessibility in Word, Canvas, Conversion and More! , Paul Brown, Texthelp, et al
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. “We don’t have enough staff assigned to making IT accessible!”, Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:15 – 4:30 p.m. Lab: Evaluating and Repairing Word and PowerPoint Files, Jonathan Whiting, WebAIM (double-session)
Time Thursday, Nov. 15
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Powerful Presentation Skills for the Accessibility Professional, Christa Miller, Virginia Tech
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. IT Colleagues: from Accessibility Newbies into Accessibility Auditors, Kristen Dabney, Tufts University
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Social media and accessibility, Gian Wild, AccessibilityOz
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. I Was Wrong! Build Your Successful Accessibility Program by Learning from My Mistakes, Angela Hooker, Microsoft
7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Keynote Talk: Britney Wilson: “And People With Disabilities,”
Time Friday, Nov. 16
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Trending Tech Tools: What’s New, What’s Improved & What’s on the Horizon for Assistive Technology & Accessibility Tools, Rachel Kruzel, Augsburg University
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Big Ten Academic Alliance’s Shared Approach to Procurement and Vendor Relations, Bill Welsh, Rutgers University, et al
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Not Another Lecture-Style Presentation, Brad Held, University of Central Fl

Main Conference Track B

Time Wednesday, Nov. 14
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Navigating the Course: Creating Accessible STEM, Megan Gibbs, Kennesaw State University
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Understanding WCAG 2.1, Becky Gibson, Knowbility
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. State of ARIA 2018, Joe Humbert, Interactive Accessibility
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Including people with disabilities in your project design, development, testing process., Robert Jolly, Knowbility, Inc.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Experiences of Students with Visual Disabilities with Tactile Graphics, Guy Toles, Georgia Institute of Technology
Time Thursday, Nov. 15
8:00 – 10:15 a.m. What’s new in Acrobat, Rob Haverty, Accessibility, Adobe (double-session)
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:15 – 5:00 p.m. Lab: Making Math Accessible Doesn’t Have To Be Terrifying!, Susan Kelmer, University of Colorado Boulder (double-session)
(break from 3:15 – 4:00 pm)
7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Keynote Talk: Britney Wilson: “And People With Disabilities,”
Time Friday, Nov. 16
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Accessibility: Past, Present, and Future, Gerard Cohen, Wells Fargo
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Interactive 3d printed tactile campus maps, Holly Lawson, Assistant Professor, Portland State University, et al
11:45 – 12:45 a.m. Pretty Accessible: Bringing Beauty, Simplicity, and Usability to Accessible Products, Rachel Comerford, Macmillan Learning et al


Videotaped Sessions Add-on – Included sessions

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

Sessions included in Videotaped Add-on

Single Ticket Group Ticket
By Oct. 25 $65 $100
After Oct. 25 $80 $120
Wednesday, Nov. 14
Time Session
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Making Websites Usable, Not Just Accessible, Karen Hawkins, Publicis.Sapient (double-session – ends at 10:15 a.m.)
DIY IT Accessibility: Building the Foundation for Accessible Course Content at the University of Maryland, Sue Johnston, University of Maryland
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Making Websites Usable, Not Just Accessible (continues)
IT Procurement: Accessibility as a Functional Criterion, Hadi Rangin, University of Washington
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Identifying Challenges to EPUB Adoption, Christian Vinten-Johansen, Manager, Penn State University, et al
All Numbers and Notes: Creating Accessible Math and Music Materials for Students Who Are Blind, Michele Bromley, Portland State University
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Building a campus-wide Universal Design framework from the ground up, Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington
The California State University Accessible Procurement Process from Multiple Perspectives, Dawn Okinaka, California State University, Office of the Chancellor, et al (double session – ends at 4:30)
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Website Liability Under US Accessibility Laws Ken Nakata, Cyxtera
The California State University Accessible Procurement Process from Multiple Perspectives (continues>
Thursday, Nov. 15
Time Session
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. What’s new in WCAG 2.1, Jonathan Whiting, WebAIM
Disability Services Offices Talk About EPUB – Is It Time To Adopt?, Jamie Axelrod, Northern Arizona University
9:15 a.m.- 10:15 a.m. Thinking Beyond Described Video with Integrated Described Video (IDV), Chris O’Brien, Accessible Media Inc
Promoting Document Accessibility Efforts and PDF Remediation Options, Gaby De Jongh, University of Washington, et al
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Intro to Audio Description, Elisa Edelberg, Content Marketing Specialist
Making Web Pages Accessible for Persons with Anxiety Disorder Using WCAG Guidelines and UDL, Valorie Sundby, AMAC
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Keep it Simple. Accessible Design Thinking (Lecture session), Eric Eggert, Knowbility
The Forest and the Trees: Scaling for Enterprise-Level Digital Accessibility, Kathryn Weber-Hottleman, University of Connecticut



Discount Type¹ Discount Applied Obtaining Discount Code
ATHEN member 10% Contact Shannon Lavey 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 $175/$199 during early/late registration.

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.

Watching the Sessions Post-Conference

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 2 years after the event. This applies to the live-streamed sessions, the 18 videorecorded sessions (not live-streamed) and the special UDUC track mentioned above.


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. Use this form to track and submit your attendance at the conference. Instructions on the proper way to fill out and submit can be found on the form.