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Virtual Conference 2017 (archive)

November 13 – 17, 2017


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 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.

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

In collaboration with AHG, UDUC will present a track of sessions, 3 of them live-streamed, on teaching about Universal Design in university curriculum and related topics. The $30/$50 individual/group fee for this track is waived for faculty or for groups that include faculty participants. Specific streamed sessions are listed below.

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. 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 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 changes.

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Virtual Conference Pricing

Ticket Type By Oct. 26 After Oct. 26

All Sessions (November 14 – 18)

Includes Pre-Conference Track (November 13-14) & Both Main Conference Tracks A & Track B (November 15-17)

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

Pre-Conference Track Only (November 13-14)

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

Main Conference Only – Virtual Track A & B (November 15-17)

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


CEUs $65 $65
DVD Audio Recording of Conference Sessions** $65 $65
Indv Group Indv Group
Site Add-on n/a $150 n/a $150
Taped-Sessions Add-on $52 $90 $65 $115

** Not all sessions are recorded – only includes main conference sessions that are not part of the virtual conference. The cost of the DVD at or after the conference
will be $90.


Virtual Schedule

Pre-Conference Virtual Schedule

Time Monday, Nov. 13
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lab: NVDA Workshop, Robert Beach, Kansas City KS Comm. Col.

(lunch break: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. MST)

2:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Creating a Sustainable Captioning Program at Your Institution, Jane Melander, MSU-Moorhead, et al.
Time Tuesday, Nov. 14
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.* Accessibility in Organizations and Planning, Rob Carr, Oklahoma State University

(lunch break 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. MST)

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. BYO Device Lab: EPUB 101: Understanding the Structure and Contents of an ePUB, Rachel Comerford, Macmillan Learning, et al

Main Conference Track A

Time Wednesday, Nov. 15
8:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m Lab: Tips and Tricks for Accessible PDFs , Rob Haverty, Adobe (Double Session)
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Comparing WCAG 2.0 to PDF/UA: Understanding the Standards and Mitigating Risk, Paul Rayius, NetCentric Technologies
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:15 – 4:30 p.m. Audio Description in Higher Education, Terrill Thompson, University of Washington (double-session)
Time Thursday, Nov. 16
8:00 – 10:15 a.m. Panel: The Power of Collective Negotiation: How can universities work together to require accessible vendor products?, Pramila Patel, CU-Boulder, et al (double session)
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:15 – 5:00 p.m. Lab: What’s new in Acrobat, Rob Haverty, Adobe (double-session)
(break from 3:15 – 4:00 pm)
7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Keynote Talk: Michael Schuman: Me and my iPad: How Technology Is Helping Me Beat Blindness
Time Friday, Nov. 17
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Section 508 Refresh, Beth Crutchfield, Level Access
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Advancing the Accessibility Profession in Higher Education, Sharon Spencer, International Association of Accessibility Professionals
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. ePUB versus PDF: ePUB is the new standard for accessible ebooks, Rachel Comerford, Macmillan Learning, et al

Main Conference Track B

Time Wednesday, Nov. 15
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Low-cost, system-wide web accessibility evaluations, George Joeckel, WebAIM
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Intro to Audio Description, Lily Bond, 3Play Media
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. A training program for simple manual evaluation of websites and the use of automated testing tools — a blended approach, Susan Cullen, California State University
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Extreme Accessibility, Karl Groves, Extreme Accessibility, Tenon
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Ally: Accessibility training, and remediation, and tracking. Oh my!, Nicolaas Matthijs, Ally, Blackboard, et al
Time Thursday, Nov. 16
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Teaching the creation of accessible educational materials through an e-learning course, Lars Ballieu Christensen, Sensus Aps
9:15 a.m.- 10:15 a.m. Balancing Automated Scanning, Manual Testing and Assistive Technology for Successful Website Accessibility Testing, Jeff Singleton, Cyxtera
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Developing Faculty Who are Accessibility Champions, Christa Miller, Virginia Tech
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. How much accessibility testing do I really need to do?, Luis Garcia, eBay
7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Keynote Talk: Michael Schuman: Me and my iPad: How Technology Is Helping Me Beat Blindness
Time Friday, Nov. 17
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Taking the "Alt" out of Alternate Media: Converting instructional materials into accessible formats for all students, Scott Kupferman, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, et al
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Question Still Remains: How Do I Know You Know Accessibility?, Michele Williams, Pearson, et al
11:45 – 12:45 a.m. It Takes a Village: Utilizing People, Systems, and Technology to Scale Online Course Accessibility, Nancy Swenson, University of Central Florida


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 $65 $100
After Oct. 26 $80 $120
Wednesday, Nov. 15
Time Session
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Inclusive UX design techniques for ethically sensitive online experiences, David Sloan, UX Research Lead, The Paciello Group
Website Liability Under US Accessibility Laws, Ken Nakata, Cyxtera
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. An exploratory study examining how students with print disabilities navigate accessible documents, Korey Singleton, ATI Manager, George Mason University, et al
Improving University Websites by Integrating Functional Accessibility Testing into CMS Theme Development Processes, Robert Fentress, Virginia Tech, et al
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Using MathType to Create Accessible Math Graphs, Darrin Evans, North Carolina Community College System, et al
Have you thought about what AT has to offer students with mental health considerations?, Shannon Lavey, Colorado State University
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Tools for Automating The Captioning of Video, Joseph Polizzotto, High Tech Center Training Unit, et al (double session – ends at 4:30)
UDL, Accessibility and Quality Assurance – Collaborations at the University of Arizona for Accessible Online Classes, Dawn Hunziker, University of Arizona, et al
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Tools for Automating The Captioning of Video (continues)
Using an SLC (Staff Learning Community) to Share UDL & Accessibility Strategies, Deb Castiglione, University of Kentucky
Thursday, Nov. 16
Time Session
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Contracting Language for Accessible Documents, Bevi Chagnon, PubCom—Publishing Communications
The IDPF and W3C Merger: Understanding the future of accessible ebook standards, Rachel Comerford, Macmillan Learning
9:15 a.m.- 10:15 a.m. Tips for collaboration between disability and technology services, Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington, et al
Creating an accessible environment and enabling student success, Christopher Aldin, Blackboard
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Video player accessibility, Gian Wild, AccessibilityOz
The W3C Accessible Online Learning Community Group—what have we done and what should we do next?, David Sloan, The Paciello Group, et al
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Teaching Faculty Something, but Not TOO Much, Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington
Web Accessibility – What do web professionals say?, Kimberly Doberstein, University of Minnesota


UDUC Track

The sessions listed below are part of a special track focusing on the teaching of Universal Design and accessibility in college curriculum. As mentioned above, the fee for this track is waived for faculty or for groups that include faculty participants. Select “UDUC Add-on” during registration off-site link to view these sessions live or on-demand after the conference.

Sessions included in UDUC Track

Single Ticket Group Ticket
By Oct. 26 $30 $50
After Oct. 26 $40 $60
Faculty tickets or groups including faculty $0 $0
Friday, Nov. 17
Time Session
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Universal Design: An Intercultural Perspective, Dr. Foad Hamidi, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. How Does an Accessibility Curriculum Impact Student Professional Life and Practice?, Marc Thompson, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Seeing Disability Differently…By Design: Developing Online UDL Training for Teachers with a Disability Studies Focus, Chris Lanterman, Northern Arizona University, et al



Discount Type¹ Discount Applied Obtaining Discount Code
ATHEN member 10% Contact Shannon Lavey at membership@athenpro.org 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 benefits.off-site 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 $150.

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 weeks.