Category: Training

August and September 2020 Technology Accessibility Webinars

The Technology Accessibility team invites you to enhance your technology accessibility skills by participating in these webinars. We are proud to partner with HR Learning and Development to offer webinar registration via UA LMS, the online learning system for faculty and staff. Register for webinars via the links here, or view the entire Accessibility instructor-led training catalog in UA LMS: UA LMS Instructor-Led Training: Accessibility Students unable to register via UA LMS are also welcome to attend and may register by emailing accessibility@ua.edu.

We are also happy to offer private training sessions on these and other accessibility-related topics to members of the University community. Please contact us if we can help with your technology accessibility needs.

Texthelp Higher Education Summer Camp

The Texthelp tools freely available to all UA students, faculty and staff are: Read&Write, a literacy support toolbar with supports for reading, writing, research, and studying; EquatIO, an application you can use to type, handwrite, or speak to create equations, formulas, and other math and chemistry expressions; and Snapverter, an easy to use add-on for Read&Write for Google Chrome and iOS app that transforms papers and files into readable PDF documents.

From Texthelp:

Join us for a summer full of learning, new ideas, and useful strategies! During our seven week series, we’ll focus on the key features within Read&Write and EquatIO, while leaving you with practical strategies when working with students. Be sure to invite campus partners, administrators, instructional designers, or peers who might need to brush up on their knowledge, explore applicability on campus, or to help support the transition to online learning. Both beginners new to the products and experienced users wanting review will take away tidbits to add to their toolboxes.

Summer 2020 Technology Accessibility Webinars

The Technology Accessibility team invites you to enhance your technology accessibility skills by participating in these webinars. We are proud to partner with HR Learning and Development to offer webinar registration via UA LMS, the online learning system for faculty and staff. Register for webinars via the links here, or view the entire Accessibility instructor-led training catalog in UA LMS: UA LMS Instructor-Led Training: Accessibility Students unable to register via UA LMS are also welcome to attend and may register by emailing accessibility@ua.edu.

We are also happy to offer private training sessions on these and other accessibility-related topics to members of the University community. Please contact us if we can help with your technology accessibility needs.

Spring 2020 Technology Accessibility Workshops

The Technology Accessibility team invites you to enhance your technology accessibility skills by participating in these workshops and webinars. We are proud to partner with HR Learning and Development to offer workshop/webinar registration via UA LMS, the online learning system for faculty and staff. Register for workshops/webinars via the links here, or view the entire Accessibility instructor-led training catalog in UA LMS: UA LMS Instructor-Led Training: Accessibility Students unable to register via UA LMS are also welcome to attend and may register by emailing accessibility@ua.edu.

We are also happy to offer private training sessions on these and other accessibility-related topics to members of the University community. Please contact us if we can help with your technology accessibility needs.

Accessing Higher Ground Accessible Media, Web & Technology Conference Presented by AHEAD in collaboration with ATHEN

Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference 2019—you’re invited!

The Center for Instructional Technology is happy to host the Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference, and you’re invited! Sessions from all five days of the conference will be streamed live in A232 and A342 Gordon Palmer Hall, Monday, November 18–Friday, November 22. Drop by for a session or stay for the entire event, and feel free to bring your lunch (and your friends!). Registration is not required.

Accessing Higher Ground focuses on the implementation and benefits of:

  • Accessible media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university, business and public setting;
  • Legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance;
  • The creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources.

There is a strong focus on campus accommodation, universal design, and curriculum accessibility as well as best practices for web design, reaching untapped audiences through accessible design, and compliance with existing and anticipated Section 508 and ADA stipulations.

A complete agenda is available on the conference website. As the schedule is subject to change, please check for updates before making the trip to Gordon Palmer. Times on the conference site are in Mountain Time; Central Time is one hour ahead.

Upcoming accessibility-related learning opportunities

We’re compiling our team’s favorite sources for accessibility news and professional development opportunities to add to the collection of Accessibility Resources on our website. Let us know if there are organizations, listservs, social media accounts, etc. you find particularly useful, and we’ll add them to the list.

Here are some upcoming accessibility-related learning opportunities:

Fall 2019 Technology Accessibility Workshops

The Technology Accessibility team invites you to enhance your technology accessibility skills by participating in these workshops and webinars. Starting this semester, we are proud to partner with HR Learning and Development to offer workshop/webinar registration via UA LMS, the new online learning system for faculty and staff. Register for workshops/webinars via the links here, or view the entire Accessibility instructor-led training catalog in UA LMS: UA LMS Instructor-Led Training: Accessibility

We are also happy to offer private training sessions on these and other accessibility-related topics to members of the University community. Please contact us if we can help with your technology accessibility needs.

AHEAD Equity & Excellence: Access in Higher Education

AHEAD 2019 Virtual Conference—you’re invited!

The Office of Disability Services and the Center for Instructional Technology’s Technology Accessibility team are happy to host the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) 2019 Virtual Conference, and you’re invited! The conference’s Opening Plenary address and a dozen concurrent sessions and featured presentations will be streamed live in A232 and A342 Gordon Palmer Hall, Thursday, July 11–Friday, July 12. Drop by for a session or stay for the entire event, and feel free to bring your lunch (and your friends!). Registration is not required.

AHEAD is the leading professional membership association for individuals committed to equity for persons with disabilities in higher education. AHEAD’s annual international conference is the organization’s hallmark event and draws attendees from around the world. Participants and presenters come from diverse fields, including education, technology, law, scholarship, and government, but share a common interest in fostering equitable higher education experiences for individuals with disabilities.

Summer 2019 Technology Accessibility Workshops

The Technology Accessibility team invites you to enhance your technology accessibility skills by participating in these workshops this summer:

  • Accessibility Office Hours and Work Session
    Bring your accessibility questions or work to improve the accessibility of your digital content. We’re here to help!

    • Thursday, June 27, 2:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, July 25, 2:00 p.m.
  • Advanced PDF Accessibility: Forms
    Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn techniques for creating accessible PDF forms with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.
    Tuesday, August 6, 2:00 p.m.
  • Advanced PDF Accessibility: Lists
    Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to correctly tag PDF lists using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.
    Thursday, August 1, 2:00 p.m.
  • Advanced PDF Accessibility: Scanned Documents
    Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to correct accessibility issues in a PDF created by scanning a document.
    Thursday, July 18, 2:00 p.m.
  • Advanced PDF Accessibility: Tables
    Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to correctly tag PDF tables using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.
    Tuesday, July 30, 2:00 p.m.
  • Creating Accessible PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
    Participants in this introductory hands-on workshop will learn how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to create accessible PDFs from Microsoft Office content.
    Tuesday, June 18, 2:00 p.m.
  • Creating Accessible PDFs with Adobe InDesign CC
    Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to export an InDesign file as a tagged PDF and other accessibility considerations for InDesign.
    Thursday, August 8, 2:00 p.m.
  • Creating Accessible Social Media Content
    Learn how to create Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media content accessible to users with disabilities.
    Monday, July 22, 9:00 a.m.
  • Creating Accessible Social Media Content (webinar)
    Learn how to create Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media content accessible to users with disabilities.
    Monday, June 10, 9:00 a.m.
  • Designing for Accessibility
    Learn the importance of designing for accessibility and impactful practices you can apply to create accessible documents, images, audio, video, and web content.
    Thursday, June 6, 2:00 p.m.
  • Designing for Accessibility (webinar)
    Learn the importance of designing for accessibility and impactful practices you can apply to create accessible documents, images, audio, video, and web content.
    Monday, June 24, 9:00 a.m.
  • Interpreting AMP Tests and Reports
    Learn how to navigate and understand accessibility testing results documented in an AMP Report.
    Thursday, July 11, 2:00 p.m.
  • Introduction to AMP
    Learn about UA’s Accessibility Management Platform (AMP), a comprehensive accessibility and reporting tool freely available to members of the UA community.
    Tuesday, June 4, 2:00 p.m.
  • Manual Testing in AMP
    Learn how to use Access Assistant, a browser toolbar integrated with AMP, to perform guided manual accessibility testing.
    Tuesday, July 9, 2:00 p.m.
  • PDF Remediation Basics
    Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to correct basic tagging issues in a PDF.
    Tuesday, July 2, 2:00 p.m.

All classroom workshops are held in A232 Gordon Palmer. Registration is requested but not required.

We are also happy to offer private training sessions on these and other accessibility-related topics to members of the University community. Please contact us if we can help with your technology accessibility needs.

PDF Accessibility Sessions Added

We’ve added several opportunities to learn about PDF accessibility in April and May. Enhance your ability to create accessible PDFs by participating in these workshops and webinars:

  • Creating Accessible PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (webinar)
    This session covers how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to create PDFs that are accessible to people with disabilities: what it means for a PDF to be accessible; generating accessible PDFs from Microsoft Office and other applications; and using Acrobat’s Accessibility Checker and Make Accessible Action Wizard to evaluate the accessibility of a PDF and make basic accessibility fixes.
    Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Creating Accessible PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
    This session covers how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to create PDFs that are accessible to people with disabilities: what it means for a PDF to be accessible; generating accessible PDFs from Microsoft Office and other applications; and using Acrobat’s Accessibility Checker and Make Accessible Action Wizard to evaluate the accessibility of a PDF and make basic accessibility fixes.
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Advanced PDF Accessibility with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC: Scanned Documents, Tables, and Lists (webinar)
    You’ve mastered the basics of creating accessible PDFs, but what about more complex documents? This session covers advanced techniques such as working with scanned documents, complex tables, and complex lists. You are welcome to submit challenging PDF content in advance so we can address it during the session.
    Monday, April 22, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Advanced PDF Accessibility with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC: Scanned Documents, Tables, and Lists
    You’ve mastered the basics of creating accessible PDFs, but what about more complex documents? This session covers advanced techniques such as working with scanned documents, complex tables, and complex lists. You are welcome to submit challenging PDF content in advance so we can address it during the session.
    Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Advanced PDF Accessibility with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC: Forms (webinar)
    This session covers how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to create accessible PDF forms: adding fillable form fields and field descriptions, tagging, setting the set tab order, and other PDF form accessibility tasks.
    Monday, April 29, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Advanced PDF Accessibility with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC: Forms
    This session covers how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to create accessible PDF forms: adding fillable form fields and field descriptions, tagging, setting the set tab order, and other PDF form accessibility tasks.
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Creating Accessible PDFs with Adobe InDesign CC (webinar)
    Be it a handout, flyer, poster, article, or other digital content, it’s important to ensure your InDesign document is accessible to people with disabilities. This session covers using InDesign and Acrobat to create an accessible PDF: tagging and ordering content, identifying and describing images and other non-text content, selecting the most accessible export options, and using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to touch up the exported file.
    Monday, May 6, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Creating Accessible PDFs with Adobe InDesign CC 
    You’ve mastered the basics of creating accessible PDFs, but what about more complex documents? This session covers advanced techniques such as working with scanned documents, complex tables, and complex lists. You are welcome to submit challenging PDF content in advance so we can address it during the session.
    Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All classroom workshops are held in A232 Gordon Palmer. Registration is requested.

We are also happy to offer private training sessions on these and other accessibility-related topics to members of the University community. Please contact us if we can help with your technology accessibility needs.