Level Access AMP training August 8th and 9th

Level Access (formerly SSB Bart Group) will be on campus for onsite AMP training on Tuesday, August 8th and Wednesday, August 9th from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. AMP recently updated the tool’s interface and relaunched its browser extension as ACCESS Assistant. This training will provide hands-on sessions with the AMP trainers as well as allow the opportunity for questions regarding your use and workflows with AMP. Space for this training will be limited to 30 participants and you must register to attend. We ask that you send only one or two representatives from your area. The training sessions will be recorded for access at a later date. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Strategic Communications. Please email accessibility.ua.edu if you have any questions.

WPCampus Conference Livestream July 14

Emerging Technology and Accessibility is teaming up with WebTide to host the WPCampus Conference Livestream this Friday, July 14.

The sessions will run all day, so join us as you can in Gordon Palmer Hall to take advantage of topics ranging from accessibility to analytics.

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

GP A232  Every project is a story: Applying Storytelling to your client interactions

GP A204  The Canisius College Workflow: MU WordPress, Divi and MailChimp

GP A236  Don’t Push Rocks Uphill: Deploying WordPress wth Capistrano and Composer

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

GP A232  Workshop: Acceptable application of analytics for your academic areas

GP A204  A Survey of WordPress Online Learning Plugins

GP A236  Them and us: Using the WordPress REST API to Display both public and private content

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

GP A232  Workshop: Acceptable application of analytics for your academic areas

GP A204  I do(n’t) Belong Here

GP A236  Tools and Approaches for Managing Content, Accessibility and Web Identity at Scale

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

GP A232  Workshop: Finding eternal REST: An undead guide to building JS front ends for WordPress

GP A204  Open Access Publishing and WordPress

GP A236  How to Scale WordPress Across a University

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

GP A232  Workshop: Finding eternal REST: An undead guide to building JS front ends for WordPress

GP A204  So, you redesigned your website… Now What?

GP A236  WordPress High Performance Boosting

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

GP A232  Interview like a journalist, write like a marketer: Telling stories with hear… and accuracy

GP A204  Mobilizing 200 Reluctant Content Creators

GP A236  Level up Your WordPress Security


ACRL 2017 Accessibility on the Horizon

Hello from Baltimore, Maryland! This week, Rachel Thompson is joining UA Libraries’ Melissa Green for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ annual conference. Along with Vanderbilt University’s Melissa Mallon, they will present the panel, “Accessibility on the Library Horizon: The NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition”. This session examines, through the lens of accessibility, the important developments in technology presented in the latest NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition and offers a discussion of technologies on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries, how they are expected to transform teaching and learning, and their potential to enhance and diminish accessibility and learning for students with disabilities.

Online Resources for ACRL panel

Spring 2017 Accessibility Webinars & Workshops

CIT’s Emerging Technology and Accessibility is excited to announce the spring accessibility training schedules. The webinars and workshops include:


  • Getting to know the Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) Interface Webinar
    For all UA users, learn about UA’s Accessibility Management Platform and how it can help you evaluate web sites for accessibility. 
    Thursday, February 16th 1:30-2:30 p.m. This is an online session.
  • Accessible Office Documents Webinar
    Monday, February 27th 9:00-9:45 a.m. This is an online session.
  • Alt-Text Best Practices Webinar
    Thursday, March 2nd 10:00- 10:45 a.m. This is an online session.
  • Accessible PDFs Webinar
    Wednesday, March 8th 10:00-10:45 a.m. This is an online session.
  • Accessible Blackboard Course Webinar
    Wednesday, March 29th 1:00-1:45 p.m. This is an online session.
  • Captioning Tegrity Recordings with Docsoft Webinar
    Tuesday, April 4th 2:00-3:00 p.m. This is an online session.
  • Universal Design for Learning Webinar
    Friday, April 7th 10:00-11:00 a.m. This is an online session.


  • Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) for Web Developers:
    For UA web developers, learn about UA’s Accessibility Management Platform and how it can help you evaluate web sites for accessibility.
    Monday, February 20th 10:00-11:00 p.m. in Gordon Palmer Room A232
  • Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) for Content Managers:
    For UA web content managers, learn about UA’s Accessibility Management Platform and how it can help you evaluate content for accessibility.
    Tuesday, February 21st 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Gordon Palmer Room A232
  • Accessibility Office Hours and Work Session
    Bring your web accessibility questions or evaluate a site or page.
    Friday, March 3rd 9:00-10:00 a.m. in Russell Hall Room 124


The workshops and webinars begin this week!  Webinar access information will be sent shortly before the session. For more information or to register, please visit UA’s Technology Accessibility website and navigate to the “Workshops” tab.

WPCampus Virtual Conference

The Center for Instructional Technology’s Emerging Technology and Accessibility is teaming up with WebTide to host the WPCampus Virtual Conference on Monday, January 23rd.

The sessions will run all day, so join us as you can in Gordon Palmer Hall to take advantage of topics ranging from accessibility to student engagement:

GP A232: From Moodle to WordPress – what we learnt and why we moved
GP A236: Level Up: Centralized News and WordPress

GP A232: Empathy and Accessibility for the Web
GP A236: The Case for the WordPress REST API

GP A232: Effectively manage and scale WordPress multisite and the importance of insights
GP A236: The Making of a Web Team

GP A232: Shaping User Roles for Higher Education
GP A236: Learning from Drupal: Implementing WordPress in a Drupal-Majority Institutional Environment

Programming Note
GP A232 “Room 1” sessions will migrate to A342 for the remainder of the day’s schedule.

GP A342: “Let’s just build it!”: Seven years of framework development at Boston University
GP A236: WordPress as an LMS

GP A342: Easy, Affordable Digital Signs with WordPress
GP A236: The Magic of Teaching Using WordPress: 10+ Ways to Easily Transform Classes & Excite Students

GP A342: Showing up: learning how to make a contribution
GP A236: Spoonful of Content Sugar – Reducing Friction in Subject Matter Expert Participation

GP A342: Higher Ed WordPress Showcase
GP A236: Site Directories and Member Profiles: A Custom Post Type Story

Discover more details about the WPCampus session programming by visiting their website at https://online.wpcampus.org/.

Register for the 2016 Accessibility Summit Virtual Conference

Join other campus web professionals and aficionados for the 2016 Accessibility Summit, a virtual, live two-day online conference. We will participate from Nott Hall, Room 151 on September 6 and 7 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. Registration is needed to reserve your seat and to access session recordings.

Event Agenda

September 6:

  • 9 AM: PM-Led Accessibility
    • Robert Jolly, An accessibility-focused Project Manager
    • The Project Manager (PM) is responsible for ensuring all aspects of projects run smoothly, on-time, and meet numerous requirements. Often, accessibility is a key project requirement that is overlooked or misunderstood. PMs can be the champions for accessibility their teams need. In this session, Jolly will present a framework using real-world experiences to shepherd even the most stubborn team members into practicing their craft with accessibility in mind.
  • 10 AM: Creating Accessibility Reports Designers & Developers Will Love
    • Paul Adam, Accessibility Evangelist at Deque
    • What are the best practices for reporting accessibility problems and remediation solutions to designers and developers? What features can you include so they love your accessibility report? This session will focus on accessibility reporting on WCAG 2.0 Level AA requirements using Apple’s iWork Suite’s Numbers app. For a newbie to Accessibility, including screenshots of the accessibility violation is much easier than including a code snippet or trying to explain the intricacies of the screen reader behavior when the problem occurs. We’ll discuss common problems and best practices for collaborating with multiple testers on one accessibility report.
  • 11 AM: Accessible Data Visualization with SVG
    • Doug Schepers, W3C Developer Relations Lead
    • Data visualization is an efficient way of conveying information, but risks accessibility problems if not done right. This talk will cover well-known challenges and pitfalls for accessible information graphics, and describe techniques to overcome them, focusing on Web solutions using SVG, HTML, ARIA, and the Web Audio API. It will also describe some of the new accessibility features in the upcoming SVG2 specification, and the work of the SVG Accessibility Task Force.
  • 12 PM – 1 PM: Lunch break
  • 1 PM: Accessibility and Performance  
    • Marcy Sutton, Senior Front-End Engineer at Deque Systems
    • How do slow performing JavaScript applications impact user experience for people with disabilities? Are there certain aspects of the web rendering process that create barriers when you’re relying on a screen reader? By studying the limitations of browsers with assistive technologies and establishing developer best practices, we can we make faster, more accessible experiences for our users. We’ll frame Web Performance with an Accessibility lens, looking at progressive enhancement in detail with server- and client-rendered apps built with Angular 2, React or Ember FastBoot; always remembering our friend, static HTML.
  • 2 PM: Building In Accessibility from the Ground Up  
    • Kevin Ball, Engineering Lead at ZURB
    • Making your website accessible is quickly moving from being a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’, but many web designers and developers still don’t know how to build an accessible website. The Foundation web framework was rebuilt in version 6 to build in accessibility from the ground up. With every component accessible by default, built-in extensible keyboard management utilities, and copious best practice examples, Foundation takes accessibility and makes it “accessible” to web professionals.
  • 3 PM: Buddhism and the Art of Accessibility
    • Matt May, Accessibility Evangelist at Adobe
    • Why do we do what we do? How can we do better at understanding the problems we face, and communicating it to others? Buddhist thought has brought us thousands of parables regarding human nature, including compassion, knowledge, patience, diligence and tolerance: all critical elements to working in accessibility. Matt May, a long-time accessibility evangelist–and newly-ordained Buddhist minister–will show (in a theoretical, non-evangelistic way) how these messages can help us explain some of the hardest problems we face.


September 7:

  • 9 AM: Keyboard Accessibility
    • Jared Smith, Accessibility Trainer for WebAIM
    • The prevalence and significance of keyboard accessibility issues is on the rise. Most keyboard accessibility issues are avoidable with knowledge of this subject and some basic testing. This session will provide details on implementing and evaluating keyboard accessibility, including insight into how ARIA and modern web applications can affect accessibility for keyboard and screen reader users.
  • 10 AM Low Vision & Accessibility
    • Glenda Sims, Senior Accessibility Consultant at Deque
    • Did you know that 86% of people with visual impairments have low vision? While WCAG 2.0 does have a few success criteria related to low vision, many important barriers for this disability are not addressed. Luckily, hope is on the horizon. The Low Vision Task Force (LVTF) at the W3C has been identifying gaps and defining user needs. The LVTF will soon propose new success criteria for the next version of WCAG. In this session, Glenda Sims will help you understand the needs of low vision users and the universal design principles we can use today to make the web more readable for all people.
  • 11 AM: Accessibility Resource Roundup
    • Sharron Rush, Executive Director of Knowbility
    • In this session led by Knowbility’s Sharron Rush, we share new resources from W3C’s Education and Outreach Working Group as well as crowdsource the intelligence of the attendees like yourself to find the web and mobile accessibility tools we love and which ones we don’t. After the session, we share the resource list with everyone so as to make our sites, apps, and blogs more accessible.
  • 12 PM- 1 PM: Lunch break
  • 1 PM: Accessibility in the Fifth Dimension
    • Elle Waters, Web Accessibility Evangelist at Simply Accessible
    • Buckle up and fly with me, my intrepid fellow travelers! We are going on an exciting adventure as we navigate the celestial bodies of design and the multi-universe of user experience. Together, we’ll explore the first, second, third, fourth, and yes, even the fifth dimension of accessibility. Then we will learn about why these different perspectives are essential to how you think about inclusive design, and how far we have yet to go on this journey. Look out–we’re gonna do science on your digital content!
  • 2 PM: Accessible WordPress Content
    • Joseph O’Connor, Accessibility Consultant and WordPress Contributor
    • During this hands-on class you will log in to your WordPress site as an administrator and be guided through the process of creating accessible content. You will learn: What a skip-link does, why it’s needed, and how to easily add one to your WordPress theme using a plugin. Difference between captions, alternative text, and descriptions in the WordPress Add Media process. How to add images with descriptive alt attributes using the Add New Media and Media Library admin screens. Determine which heading levels pre-exist in your theme and the proper use of heading levels.
  • 3 PM: Digital Accessibility Legal Update
    • Lainey Feingold, Lawyer
    • What does the law say about web and mobile accessibility? We still do not have web regulations in the U.S. for private companies or for state and local governments, but the U.S. Department of Justice has settled a significant number of cases requiring web and mobile accessibility for people with disabilities. Other federal agencies are doing important web work, too. In this session, we will: Explore those settlements and look at what courts are saying about the legal right to access digital content. Speculate about the future of federal regulations and give a shout out to companies who have voluntarily engaged in Structured Negotiation with the disability community without lawsuits to improve the usability of their digital content. Consider the recent spate of demand letters and lawsuits about web access that some on social media are calling accessibility trolls. Touch briefly on what’s happening in digital accessibility law just over the border and around the world.