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Virtual Conference 2019

November 18 – 22, 2019

Overview

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.

Agenda

The specific agenda for the virtual conference is shown below. Note that there may be moderate changes to the agenda between now and the time 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. (See pricing 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 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.
  • Specific Agenda: the tentative agenda for the main conference can be found below. Note that this agenda is subject to changes.

Register for the Virtual Conference off-site link

Virtual Conference Pricing

Ticket Type By Oct. 31 After Oct. 31

All Sessions (November 18 – 22)

Includes Pre-Conference Track (November 18-19) & Both Main Conference Tracks A & Track B (November 20-22)

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

Pre-Conference Track Only (November 18-19)

Individual Ticket $240 $265
Group Ticket $390 $430
Ticket Type By Oct. 31 After Oct. 31

Main Conference Only – Virtual Track A & B (November 20-22)

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

Miscellaneous

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 (individual) and $250 (group).

** 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. 18 (pre-conference) 2:30 pm 5:30 pm N/A
Tuesday, Nov. 19 (pre-conference) 9:00 am 4:30 pm (12:00 – 1:30 pm)
Wednesday, Nov. 20 8:00 am 4:30 pm (10:15 – 11:15 am, 12:15 – 2:15 pm)
Thursday, Nov. 21 8:00 am 5:20 pm* (10:15 am – 2:00 pm)
Friday, Nov. 22 9:15 am 3:00 pm (11:30 am – 12:45 pm)

* 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. 18
2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Creating Accessible Digital Documents in MS Office (session ends at 5:30 pm), Kristi Elmore, Systems Analyst, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, et al
Time Tuesday, Nov. 19
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.* Acquiring Accessible IT Products for your Campus, Cheryl Pruitt, Director, Accessible Technology Initiative, California University Chancellor’s Office, et al.

(lunch break 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. MST)

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. YOU CAN Create Accessible Math for Students With Print Disabilities, Susan Kelmer, Alternate Format Access Coordinator, University of Colorado Boulder

 

Main Conference Track A

Time Wednesday, Nov. 20
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m Accessibility and Universal Design for Online Courses – making the practice practicable, and a bit less scary, Carey Hamburg, Senior Instructional Designer, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Overview of the Microsoft Immersive Reading Tools in Office 365, Karen McCall, Senior Advisor, Accessible Document Design, Open Access Technologies
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Creating Accessible Comics and Graphic Novels, Eric Stallard, Laboratory Specialist, Pima Community College
12:15 – 2:15 p.m. Lunch Break
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Authoring Documents with Accessibility in Mind, Paul Rayius, Director of Training, CommonLook
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Publisher Sent Me An ePub! Now What?, Susan Kelmer, Alternate Format Access Coordinator, University of Colorado Boulder
Time Thursday, Nov. 21
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Commonly Seen Accessibility Errors, Becky Gibson, Sr. Accessibility Strategist, Knowbility
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Using the Microsoft Accessibility Checkers to Optimize Document Accessibility, Karen McCall, Senior Advisor, Accessible Document Design, Open Access Technologies
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Great PDF Purge, Crystal Tenan, IT Accessibility Coordinator, NC State University
3:15 – 4:05 p.m. (50 minutes) The Blueprint for Student Success: Accessibility Support for Faculty and the Workflow to Make It Happen, Shawn Jordison, DSPS High Tech Center Faculty, Santa Monica College, et al
4:20 – 5:20 p.m. The Velvet Hammer: Accessible Procurement Buy-In and Pushback at Cal State San Bernardino, Leon McNaught, Accessibility Coordinator, CSU San Bernardino
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Keynote Talk: Dr. Wanda L. Diaz: “Human Centered Astronomy”
Time Friday, Nov. 22
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Building an Accessible Online Course: Best Practices & Principles, George Joeckel, Web Accessibility Specialist, Utah State University / WebAIM
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Bookshare, AccessText and Alternate Media Centers: Sources to Obtain Alternative Formats, Dawn Evans, AccessText Network Coordinator, Center for Inclusive Design & Innovation, et al
11:30 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch Break
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. How To Empower Professors To Support Students With Disabilities, Auston Stamm, Accessibility & Assistive Technology Coordinator, Saint Mary’s College
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Writing Effective Alternative Text for Educational Content: Best Practices for Reducing Cognitive Load, Valerie Morrison, E-Text Manager, Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation

 

Main Conference Track B

Time Wednesday, Nov. 20
8:00 – 10:15 a.m. Introduction to Accessible PDF Documents, Rob Haverty, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility, Adobe (double-session — ends at 10:15 a.m.)
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Navigating the Venn Diagram of Video Accessibility Laws, Elisa Edelberg, Content Marketing Manager, 3PlayMedia
12:15 – 2:15 p.m. Lunch Break
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. This Isn’t Why I Became An Instructor!, Dana Haff, Instructional Design Accessibility Specialist, University of Alaska Anchorage, et al
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Toward Universal Design in Online Learning: The Interface Between Technology and Pedagogy, Mahadeo Sukhai, Head of Research and Chief Accessibility Officer, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, et al
Time Thursday, Nov. 21
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Getting Past ‘Yes’, to Genuine Action: Using the Dark Arts for Purposes of Good, Greg Hanek, digital Accessibility Architect, Indiana University
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. EPUB Reading Systems for Students with Learning Disabilities, Joseph Polizzotto, Alternate Media Supervisor, UC Berkeley, et al
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:00 – 4:05 p.m. Able Player 4.0: A free, open source accessible media player, Terrill Thompson, Manager, IT Accessibility Team, University of Washington (Double-session — ends at 4:05 pm)
4:20 – 5:20 p.m. (50 minutes) Intro to Audio Description, Elisa Edelberg, Content Marketing Manager, 3PlayMedia
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Keynote Talk: Dr. Wanda L. Diaz: “Human Centered Astronomy”
Time Friday, Nov. 22
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. EPUB Face Off – Publishers Getting it Right or Wrong, George Kerscher, Chief Innovations Officer, DAISY Consortium, et al
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Hey, Siri — Are We There Yet? The State of ASR & Synthesized Speech for Captioning & Description, Elisa Edelberg, Content Marketing Manager, 3PlayMedia
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Different Role, Same Goal: Creating a Culture That Embraces Accessibility, Jennifer Pedersen, ETT Lead, University of Alaska Anchorage, et al
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment in 3 Steps, Liezl Madrona, Instructional Designer Accessibility Specialist, Butte College

 

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 off-site link to view these sessions on-demand after the conference.

Sessions included in Videotaped Add-on

Single Ticket Group Ticket
By Oct. 31 $65 $100
After Oct. 31 $80 $120
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Time Session
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Tips and Tricks for Inexpensive Accessibility Testing, Elizabeth Simister, Product Accessibility Manager, Blackboard, Inc.
Faculty Learning Community for Inclusive Pedagogy, Michelle Jarman, Director Disability Studies Program, University of Wyoming, et al
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. IT Procurement: Accessibility as a Functional Criterion, Hadi Rangin, IT Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington
Trending Tech Tools – 2019 Update: What’s New, What’s Improved & What’s on the Horizon for Assistive Technology & Accessibility Tools, Rachel Kruzel, Assistive Technology Specialist, University of St. Thomas
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Teaching about accessibility in computing courses, Sheryl Burgstahler, Director, Accessible Technology Services, University of Washington, et al
If you Give an Instructor Usability: The Slippery Slope to Accessibility, Christopher Phillips, EIT Accessibility Coordinator, Utah State University
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Writing Good Alt Text, Gaeir Dietrich, Access Specialist, Consultant, et al
Institutional Roadblocks to Accessibility: A collaborative session on how to overcome organizational resistance, Howard Fooksman, Educational Technology Consultant, Purdue University, et al
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Feel Good about Your Tactile Graphics Gaeir Dietrich, Access Specialist, Consultant, et al
Extreme Design: Solve for Extremes to Create Better Designs for Everyone Derek Featherstone, Chief Experience Officer, Level Access
Thursday, Nov. 21
Time Session
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Social media and accessibility – 2019 update, Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz (double-session — ends at 10:15 am)
Alternative wayfinding systems to assist blind/visually impaired to independently navigate college campuses, Jim Kessler, Senior Access Consultant, AHEAD
9:15 a.m.- 10:15 a.m. Social media and accessibility – 2019 update (continued), Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz (double-session — ends at 10:15 am)
Monitoring Your Organization’s Accessibility Effort, Justin Stockton, Senior Accessibility Analyst, The Paciello Group
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Add Accessibility to Your Process the Easy-ish Way, James Green, Sr. Director, Head of Accessibility & UX Research, Visa (double-session — ends at 4:05 pm)
Neutralizing the Fear Factor: How perceptions of ongoing “risk” hamper momentum for your accessibility program, Rick Ferrie, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, BarrierBreak
3:15 – 4:05 p.m. Add Accessibility to Your Process the Easy-ish Way (continued), James Green, Sr. Director, Head of Accessibility & UX Research, Visa (double-session — ends at 4:05 pm)
WAI Curricula: Build Your Own Accessibility Courses, Shadi Abou-Zahra, Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
4:20 – 5:20 p.m. Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Pro DC: Nuance PowerPDF and Foxit Phantom for Business, Karen McCall, Senior Advisor, Accessible Document Design, Open Access Technologies
Scaling Online Course Accessibility, Kristin Noppenberger, Senior Accessibility Instructional Designer, University of Alabama

Discounts

Discounts
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.

Accessibility

Captioning

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

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.