2013 Accessibility Summit

Some of the Web's most notable experts in Web Accessibility and Accessibility Training will present at the 2013 Accessibility Summit. There is no cost to attend; walk in anytime.

Sessions include:

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

Accessibility Prioritization
9 a.m. — Knowing you have accessibility problems is a great first step, but when you are looking at a mountain of accessibility issues, what in the world should you fix first? Glenda Sims will share tried and true strategies for establishing an accessibility prioritization process for your entire web presence as well at the project level.

Accessibility is a Design Problem
10 a.m. — Let’s get past the idea that checklists and compliance all there is to accessibility. If we put people first and design for easy interaction, helpful wayfinding, clean presentation, plain language and media that supports all senses, we can create a web for everyone.

Accessible DOM Scripting with ARIA
11 a.m. — As the line between websites and applications continues to blur, DOM scripting plays an increasingly vital role. Understanding the relationship between JavaScript and accessibility can help make a product commercially viable, and more user friendly for consumers.

Usability and Accessibility CSS Gotchas
1 p.m. — Learn more about the intricacies of CSS implementation in order to ensure great usability and accessibility of your website. Techniques covered include transitions, sprites, and link design.

Implementing Usable Keyboard Interactions
2 p.m. — Much of web accessibility focuses on content output and semantics, but interaction and input are often overlooked. This session will provide guidance on building keyboard interactions that are accessible to millions of keyboard-only users and that provide more usable experiences for everyone.

You’re Doing It Wrong
3 p.m. — When it comes to advocating for accessibility, sometimes we are our own worst enemies. It’s an emotional subject to many of us, but we have to learn how not to overwhelm the people we want to make our allies. In this session, we will cover right and wrong ways to introduce and encourage accessibility to all kinds of audiences.

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

TalkBack & Magnification
Accessibility in Android 4.2+

9 a.m. — Is Google closing the gap on Apple’s mobile accessibility features? Now Android has magnification support for low vision users! With Android’s open app ecosystem you can even install multiple accessible web browsers like Chrome & Firefox.

Accessibility on a Budget
10 a.m. — Maybe you don’t have the inclination or budget to call in accessibility experts. There is still so much you can do to nurture a culture of inclusive design and digital accessibility within your organization or business!

The Mindfulness of Accessibility
11 a.m. — Exploring our preconceived assumptions about accessibility as it relates to user experience. Our mental models with accessibility are almost always those with physical disabilities, and they are are always based in Western cultural schemas.

5 Layers of Web Accessibility
1 p.m. — Starting with basic markup and ending with accessible javascript and WAI ARIA, Ginader will cover best practices and lots of tips and tricks to make your websites and web applications accessible to everyone.

Accessible Video in the Enterprise
2 p.m. — Increasingly video content is becoming part of the enterprise web environment. The promise of HTML5’s video element was supposed to solve a lot of the issues around serving videos to the web. But has it succeeded? And what of Accessibility?

'Change’ Is Not a Four-Letter Word
3 p.m. — How are small business owners, large corporations, and the web professional community all the same when it comes to accessibility? All of them need to embrace web accessibility -- or, in other words, they need to change. Kimberly Blessing, a long-time web professional and change agent, has facilitated massive change in organizations of all sizes and in our industry at large.

Sponsored by the MU ACT Center, Office of Disability Services, MU Web Communications, School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, ET@MO, Chancellor's Diversity Initiative and the Division of Information Technology.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 9:00am to 4:00pm

Locust Street Building, 205 A&B
119 South 7th Street, Columbia, MO

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Lectures, Workshops, Training, Conferences, Diversity


Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, Division of IT, ET@MO, Education, Web Communications


Free to attend, walk in anytime

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MU ACT Center

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