January - March 2019
Volume 13 Issue 2 

ADA Center's quarterly Accessible Technology Bulletin

Technology Trainings & Events

What to Look for in an Accessibility Vendor
January 29, 2019 1pm
Without accessibility expertise, evaluating accessibility vendors can be a difficult task. Who can you trust? This webinar will demonstrate how to apply key business requirements when evaluating accessibility vendors. For more information: www.deque.com
Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference
January 30 – February 2, 2019
Orlando, FL
The ATIA Conference features the latest products and services, showcasing more than 100 exhibitors.Educational programs are organized by strand and include best practices, tips and tricks, product updates, demonstrations, research updates and case studies of assistive technologies from regional, national and internationalexperts. For more information www.atia.org
Universal Design for Learning: The Hidden Chapters
January 31, 2019 1pm
In this webinar, Thomas Tobin, faculty developer, consultant, and author, will dive deeper into the enterprise-level strategies for adopting UDL strategies. Tobin will explore the “hidden chapters” within his book to teach mid-level managers and directors in colleges, universities, and companies the best UDL practices to help fuel a successful implementation.For more information: www.3playmedia.com
Tackling a Huge Website with WCAG-EM
February 28, 2019 12pm
WCAG 2.1 is the way to make a web page accessible, but what if you inherited many thousands of web pages?The W3C folks have addressed that problem with their WCAG-EM methodology to establish the substantial part of a website from an accessibility standpoint. This presentation pulls WCAG-EM apart and puts it to use. For more information: www.accessibilityassociation.org
Web Accessibility Training
March 5 - 6, 2019
Logan, UT
This hands-on training session, sponsored by Webaim, will teach basic web accessibility principles and to advanced accessibility techniques. There is a fee for this session. For more information: www.webaim.org/training
International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference
March 13 – 15, 2019
Anaheim, CA
This international conference is sponsored by the Center for Disabilities at California State University Northridge (CSUN). There is a fee for this conference. For more information visit: www.csun.edu/cod/conference

2019 Accessible Technology Webinar Series

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Please join us for our next Accessible Technology Webinar on March 21, 2019 at 1pm CST. The series is hosted and coordinated by the Great Lakes ADA Center, the Pacific ADA Center, and the Southeast ADA Center representing the ADA National Network.

The ADA National Network provides comprehensive services for up-to-date information, consultation, referrals, resources, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act for businesses,employers, governmental entities, service providers and individuals with disabilities.

The session is What’s new with WCAG 2.1? with Speakers Melissa Romanotto and Nathan Zak both on the Accessibility Team at MSF&W Consulting, Inc.

WCAG 2.1 is the new recommendation for organizations looking to address web accessibility. It adds one new guideline and 17 new success criteria that focus primarily on touch inputs that did not exist when WCAG 2.0 was released in 2008. WCAG 2.1 builds on WCAG 2.0 to further consider people using mobile devices, people with low vision, people with cognitive disabilities, and people using speech recognition software. In this session, learn about WCAG 2.1, these new success criteria, and how they might affect your websites.

About Our Speakers:

Nathan Zak and Melissa Romanotto are on the Accessibility Team at MSF&W. MSF&W Consulting is an I.T. consulting firm based in Springfield, IL. Founded in 1991, MSF&W has a long history of successful accessibility related projects for higher education, state and local government agencies, national non-profit organizations, and Fortune 500 corporations, providing a range of audit, development, remediation, training, and technical assistance services to ensure that clients meet relevant accessibility standards –Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA), Section 508, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and 2.1. Nathan and Melissa are key members of MSF&W’s accessibility team and they have over 30 years of accessibility experience between them. Nathan is a PMP certified project manager focused solely on accessibility projects. Melissa is a Senior Accessibility Specialist with comprehensive knowledge of standards as well as experience working directly with assistive technology users to understand not only what makes websites compliant with standards, but also what makes them truly usable for people with disabilities. This pair has been involved in hundreds of web accessibility audits, remediated nearly 100,000 pages of PDFs, and provided thousands of hours of accessibility training and technical assistance to both technical and non-technical audiences.

The Accessible Technology Webinar series is free, but participants must register at www.ada-accessibletech.org

Accessible Technology Webinar sessions are pre-approved for Continuing Education Credit with the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).

Explore New Accommodations App

MAS logo There is a new, free app available from the Job Accommodations Network. The free Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS) app is designed to streamline the disability accommodation process. The MAS app serves as a first-generation mobile case management tool to help employers, service providers, and individuals effectively address accommodation requests in the workplace. The app will support talent management, human resources, and/or accommodation staff to create inclusive workplaces by facilitating the process of accommodating applicants, candidates, and employees. The app will also support service providers to help people with disabilities better manage the accommodation process. In addition, the app will enable people with disabilities to develop an accommodation request letter, send the request, and track the progress of the request. Learn more about MAS app on iTunes.

Transition Townhall at ATIA to Feature QIAT-PS

The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference is one of the premier AT conferences in the country. This year ATIA will host a Townhall discussion on Transition and Assistive Technology on Thursday January 31, 2019at 1pm. Janet Peters, Project Coordinator for the Great Lakes ADA Center, will be a panel speaker and discuss the Student Self-Evaluation Matrix Tool which measures a student’s AT Skills. The Student Self-Evaluation Matrix is a free tool from the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post-Secondary education (QIAT-PS) project, sponsored by the Great Lakes ADA Center.

The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) international conference held January 31 – February 3, 2018 in Orlando, Florida has several sessions discussing QIAT-PS. Check them out at the conference!

Sign up now to receive updates about QIAT-PS project. You may also contact Janet Peters with any questions.

Pizza Case Is A Big Win for Web Accessibility

Picture of Punch In logo On January 15, 2019 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (a United Stated federal appeals court) issued an opinion in a web and mobile accessibility case against Domino's Pizza. The court held that the Americans with Disabilities Act covers websites and mobile applications. To read the full case here is the 25 page PDF of 9th Circuit Domino’s Opinion.


Last Updated on:
Fri Feb 1, 2019