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.

What’s new on Rev

As part of the University of Alabama’s Technology Accessibility Initiative, the Technology Accessibility team administers captioning grants that may be used to and/or transcribe UA-owned video and audio that will be shared on public or campus-wide websites. Rev, the captioning vendor with whom we contract, recently announced these new features. Logged-in UA Rev.com users can access these and future updates via the notifications tab in the top menu bar.

All Transcripts Synced to Audio

Published by Rev on March 4, 2019

Reviewing transcripts alongside audio or video can be difficult sometimes. A quick distraction can cause you to completely forget where you were in the text! Then you have to take your best guess at scrubbing the video back to where you were.. equally frustrating.

It happens, we feel you – that’s why we built read-along tracking into every new transcript you order. Now words are highlighted on the transcript as they are spoken in the media player, and scrubbing the audio/video brings the highlight along with it. Let yourself get distracted, the Rev Editor has your back!

Add Insightful Comments in Rev’s Transcript Editor

Published by Rev on March 12, 2019

Do you want to leave in-line comments on your transcript for your teammates & clients? Do you keep notes in the Rev Editor, but wish they were more specific to a certain segment?

Even if you don’t use the Rev Transcript Editor (we see you downloaders..), here’s great reason to start: you can now leave comments in-line with your transcripts! Take a look at how it works below:

10 Ways to Make The University of Alabama More Accessible: A Video Collaboration

In Fall 2018, Honors College freshmen from Rick Dowling’s UH 155: Public Service Post-Production course created a video called “10 Ways to Make The University of Alabama More Accessible.” After receiving guidance from the Technology Accessibility team, the class was presented with the challenge of creating a video based on a script we provided. The class’s groups created a total of five versions of the video, and we are happy to share our favorite here.

Heading to the Faculty Technology Showcase? Rick will discuss the video collaboration during the 11:00 a.m. hour. We hope to see you there!

Happy New Year from the Technology Accessibility Team

Happy New Year! We’re excited to share some news with you as we start a new year and a new semester.

Faculty Resource Center Spring 2019 Workshop Registration is now open! This semester, the Technology Accessibility team will offer workshops and webinars on web accessibility; best practices for creating accessible documents, presentations, spreadsheets, emails, and social media content; and Universal Design for Learning, a set of curriculum development principles that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. New this semester are Accessibility Testing with NVDA (2/27) and Accessibility Testing with VoiceOver (3/21), workshops in which participants will learn how to use free screen reader programs to test the accessibility of digital content.

We are especially looking forward to our Texthelp expert trainer visit on Wednesday, February 13. Texthelper Kimberly Nix will provide comprehensive introductions to Read&Write for Google Chrome and Read&Write for Windows, literacy support solutions with tools for reading, writing, research, and studying. Read&Write is freely available to all UA students, faculty, and staff on campus and personal machines, as are two additional Texthelp tools: 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. Register online for these and other technology accessibility workshops and other workshops offered by the Faculty Resource Center.

A couple of additional learning opportunities in which you may be interested:

  • Microsoft is offering a new series of free Accessibility Learning Webinars, the goal of which is to share the latest technology and accessibility features across Microsoft products and help answer common accessibility questions. Upcoming webinars include Narrator 101 (1/16), Magnifier and Low Vision Features in Windows 10 (2/20), and Navigating the New Office Ribbon (3/20).
  • Also from Microsoft, the newly-created Empower every student with an inclusive classroom course enables educators of all subject areas to learn about Microsoft Learning Tools and practice creating accessible learning environments Windows 10 and Office 365. The course is free and is part of Microsoft’s Inclusive Classroom Learning Path.

Keep up with us throughout the semester by following our UA11y News blog, the Technology Accessibility Facebook page, and the UATechAccess Twitter account.

As always, thanks for your efforts in making UA a more inclusive and accessible campus! Best wishes for a great semester, and please contact us if we can help with your technology accessibility needs.

Spring 2019 Technology Accessibility Workshops

Emerging Technology and Accessibility invites you to enhance your technology accessibility skills by participating in these workshops during the Spring 2019 term:

  • Accessibility Testing with NVDA
    Learn how to use the free NVDA screen reader to test the accessibility of digital content.
    Wednesday, Feb. 27, 11:00 a.m.
  • Accessibility Testing with VoiceOver
    Learn how to use the VoiceOver macOS and iOS screen reader program to test the accessibility of digital content.
    Thursday, Mar. 21, 2:00 p.m.
  • Creating Accessible Content with Microsoft Office
    Learn how to create Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, and Outlook emails accessible to users with disabilities.
    Wednesday, Jan. 16, 11:00 a.m.
  • Creating Accessible Content with Microsoft Office (webinar)
    Learn how to create Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, and Outlook emails accessible to users with disabilities.
    Thursday, Apr. 4, 2:00 p.m.
  • Creating Accessible PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
    Learn to create PDFs accessible to people with disabilities using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC .
    Thursday, Jan. 17, 2:00 p.m.
  • Creating Accessible PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (webinar)
    Learn to create PDFs accessible to people with disabilities using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC .
    Thursday, Apr. 11, 2:00 p.m.
  • Creating Accessible Social Media Content
    Learn how to create social media content accessible to users with disabilities.
    Wednesday, Mar. 6, 11:00 a.m.
  • Creating Accessible Social Media Content (webinar)
    Learn how to create social media content accessible to users with disabilities.
    Thursday, Apr. 25, 2:00 p.m.
  • Introduction to Read&Write 
    A comprehensive introduction to Read&Write, a literacy support solution with tools for reading, writing, research and studying.

    • Introduction to Read&Write for Google Chrome, Wednesday, February 13, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
    • Introduction to Read&Write for Google Chrome, Wednesday, February 13, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
    • Introduction to Read&Write for Windows, Wednesday, February 13, 2:15-4:15 p.m.
  • Introduction to Web Accessibility
    Learn about the University’s web accessibility guidelines, common accessibility challenges and solutions, and strategies for creating accessible digital content.
    Wednesday, Jan. 30, 11:00 a.m.
  • Introduction to Web Accessibility (webinar)
    Learn about the University’s web accessibility guidelines, common accessibility challenges and solutions, and strategies for creating accessible digital content.
    Thursday, Apr. 18, 2:00 p.m.
  • Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility
    Learn how to create inclusive, accessible learning opportunities by utilizing Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a set of curriculum development principles that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.
    Wednesday, Feb. 6, 11:00 a.m.
  • Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility (webinar)
    Learn how to create inclusive, accessible learning opportunities by utilizing Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a set of curriculum development principles that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.
    Wednesday, Mar. 27, 11:00 a.m.
  • WCAG in a Nutshell
    Learn about Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 requirements and techniques and resources you can use to meet these guidelines.
    Monday, Jan. 28, 11:00 a.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.

Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference BYOD prep

We can’t wait to see you at next week’s Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference! Sessions from all five days of the conference will be streamed live in A232 and A203 Gordon Palmer Hall, Monday, November 12–Friday, November 16.

If you are planning to bring your own device, be sure to check out the instructions for preparing your computer for pre-conference workshops and main conference labs.

See you next week!

Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference—you’re invited!

The Faculty Resource Center’s Emerging Technology and Accessibility team 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 A203 Gordon Palmer Hall, Monday, November 12–Friday, November 16. 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.

Oct. 17 Introduction to Read&Write sessions cancelled

The Introduction to Read&Write for Google Chrome and Introduction to Read&Write for Windows sessions scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 have been cancelled due to presenter travel issues.

The sessions will be rescheduled. In the meantime, contact accessibility@ua.edu if you wish to learn more about Read&Write and/or the other Texthelp tools, EquatIO and Snapverter. We are also happy to offer individual or small group training on these tools upon request.