This year Penn State is sponsoring streamed sessions from the Accessing Higher Ground accessibility conference in November. For those at the University Park campus, the following sessions will be hosted at the Outreach Building (Innovation Park) from November 14, 15, & 16.

This year’s conference will offer a wide variety of sessions covering topics like audio description, accessibility in higher ed, web testing and evaluations, and accessible formats for instructional materials. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend any sessions, and recordings will be made available at a later date.

Registration

Please complete the registration form whether you plan to attend in person or view recordings.

Schedule and Locations

There will be two conference tracks (A and B) running simultaneously in different rooms in the Outreach Building. The detailed schedule is now available.

Food and Drink Options

Feel free to bring food and drinks into the scheduled rooms.

The Outreach building has a “snack shop” on the third floor where you can purchase soda, water, and various snack foods for cash.

In addition, the Penn Stater offers two options for lunch: Legends and the Gardens.

Parking

The Outreach Building parking is an Orange lot, and there is additional free parking at the Penn Stater.

Note: This building is also available on the Red Link bus line.

This registration form will be used to add people to the list of individuals allowed to access recordings as well as track general attendance of the session.
Note: If you are unable to attend the session, but wish to view recordings, you should still complete the form.

Details on session schedule will be coming soon. For general information about the conference can be found at the AHG Virtual Conference page.

2018 Virtual AHG Registration

  • Please complete the following form to register for the Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Sessions. The cost for this event is free ($0) for anyone at Penn State.

If you plan to attend the Web Liaison meeting on November 28, 2017. Please fill out the form below.

The Zoom meeting information is given in the Web Liaisons Yammer Group.

Web Liaison Registration

Web Liaisons Nov 28, 2017

Web Liaisons attendance.
  • Please complete the following form to record your attendance for the Web Liaison meeting.
    Note: This information is being collected as part of the resolution agreement with the Office of Civil Rights

This registration form will be used to add people to the list of individuals allowed to access recordings as well as track general attendance of the session.
Note: If you are unable to attend the session, but wish to view recordings, you should still complete the form.

Details on session schedule is available at the Virtual Conference page.

2017 Virtual AHG Registration

  • Please complete the following form to register for the Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Sessions. The cost for this event is free ($0) for anyone at Penn State. For more information about specific sessions see Virtual Conference Sessions.

This year Penn State is sponsoring streamed sessions from the Accessing Higher Ground accessibility conference in November. For those at the University Park campus, the following sessions will be hosted at Innovation Park from November 15, 16, & 17.

This year’s conference will offer a wide variety of sessions covering topics like audio description, accessibility in higher ed, web testing and evaluations, and accessible formats for instructional materials. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend any sessions, and recordings will be made available at a later date.

Registration

Please complete the registration form whether you plan to attend in person or view recordings.

Building Times and Location

There will be two tracks of the conference running simultaneously at the following locations:

  • Wed, Nov 15: 329 Building, 115A & 115B
  • Thurs and Fri, Nov 16 and 17: Outreach Building, 121G & 121H

For the specific schedule of tracks and sessions shows with local times, see the AHG Penn State Schedule on Google Docs.

Food and Drink Options

It is possible to bring food and drinks into the scheduled rooms.

Both buildings include “snack shops” where you can purchase soda, water, and various snack foods for cash. You can also bring food and beverages into the rooms. The Penn Stater offers two options for lunch: Legends and the Gardens.

Parking

Both the 329 Building and the Outreach Buildings are Orange lots with free parking at the Penn Stater. The 329 Building also has free visitor parking next to the building and the Outreach Building has metered spaces next to it.

Note: Both buildings are also available on the Red Link bus line.

We are asking participants in the FAE webinar and other accessibility training sessions to complete registration so that the TLT Accessibility team can track attendance as part of our resolution agreement with the Office of Civil Rights.

Note: The Zoom link to the webinar will be displayed in a confirmation message.

Registration: FAE Nov 9, 2017

FAE Registration for date listed
  • Please complete the following form to register for this accessibility training session. You will receive additional information in your confirmation message. Note: All fields are required.

About this Session

Anyone using an iPhone or Droid also has access to a screen reader which can be used to test website accessibility. A team of experienced screen reader users and testers will demonstrate how they use their mobile device screen readers to interact with different sites and how navigation differs from the default options most sighted people use. The session will also show how anyone can toggle a screen reader on and off and use it to interact with online content.

Prerequisite(s): None

Objectives

  • Understand how a mobile screen reader is used by individuals with visual disabilities
  • Learn how to activate and use mobile screen reader tools.
  • Briefly review other accessibility settings such as default font size, color adjustments, enable video captions, custom gestures and flashing alerts.

Time and Location

  • Instructors: The A Team
  • Fri Oct 27, 1:30-3:30 PM
  • Paterno Library, 103 Mann Assembly Room

Registration Form

Please register here:

We are asking participants in the FAE webinar and other accessibility training sessions to complete registration so that the TLT Accessibility team can track attendance as part of our resolution agreement with the Office of Civil Rights.

Note: The Zoom link to the webinar will be displayed in a confirmation message.

This year Penn State is sponsoring streamed sessions from the Accessing Higher Ground accessibility conference in November. If you are at the University Park campus, the following sessions will be hosted at University Libraries from November 16-18.

Registration

Registration Form

The cost for this event is free ($0) for anyone at Penn State.

Food and Drink Options

It is possible to bring food and drinks into the scheduled rooms. Depending on your schedule, you can purchase food and drinks from Mackinnon’s Café (West Patee Basement), Au Bon Pain (Kern Building) or other nearby locations.

Parking (Not NLI Deck)

The NLI deck will not be available Wed. or Thurs. until 4:00 PM. However, you may be able to park at the East Halls Deck and the Hub Deck unless your parking pass provides you additional options. The Link/Loop services will also be available.

Wednesday, November 16

Note: Sessions, locations and times may be subject to change.

Wednesday Sessions
Time Pattee W315 Mann Assembly Room
10 to 11 am Effectively Accommodating Low Vision Students Automated Testing Tools Crash Course (double session)
11:15 am to 12:15 pm Promoting the Universal Design Paradigm on Campus – Everywhere Automated Testing Tools Crash Course (continued)
1:15 to 2:15 pm GrackleDocs: Google Docs Acccessibility Checker and PDF/UA An Introduction to Accessibility Testing for Mobile apps
2:50 to 4 pm No Session Keynote Talk: Tommy Edison, the Blind Film Critic
4:15 to 5:15 pm DIY Captioning – Using Camptasia & YouTube to create caption files Generating and Using Accessible Math on the Web (goes to 5:30)
5:30 to 6:30 pm Talking to Faculty about Accessibility No Session

Thursday, November 17

Note: Sessions, locations and times may be subject to change.

Thursday Sessions
Time Pattee W315 Paterno E403
10 to 11 am A Review of Apps & Strategies for Converting and Accessing Print and Digitall Material Open Source Tools for Evaluating and Inspecting Web Accessibility
11:15 am to 12:15 pm No session PDFs and Professors: What is Reasonable to Ask of Instructors
1:15 to 2:15 pm Translating Visual Information into Tactile Information No session
2:50 to 4 pm Plenary Panel: Sorting out certifications for Accessibility Professionals, Application Designers & Developers, Hadi Rangin, University of Washington, moderator Plenary Panel (Same as Patee W315): Sorting out certifications for Accessibility Professionals, Application Designers & Developers, Hadi Rangin, University of Washington, moderator
4:15 to 5:15 pm LaTeX and MathML – What Content Creators Need to Know When to test or trust vendor accessibility evaluations
5:15 to 6 Break – No Session Break – No Session
6 to 7 pm Interactive maps: how do you make them accessible? Building an Accessibility Procurement Process in Higher Education

Friday, November 18

Note: Sessions, locations and times may be subject to change.

Friday Sessions
Time Pattee W315 Paterno E403
11:15 am to 12:15 pm Accessibility and the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative – Lessons Learned Advanced Techniques for PDF Accessibility (double session)
12:30 to 1:30 pm A Little Means a Lot: Simple Ways to Improve Online Course Accessibility Advanced Techniques for PDF Accessibility (continued)
1:45 to 2:45 WordPress & ATAG Compliance The Universal College Campus – Accessible Technology for All

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Under a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday, edX, the nonprofit MOOC provider created by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has agreed to make its offerings more accessible to people with disabilities.

The settlement agreement, which marks the department’s first effort to challenge the accessibility of massive open online courses, affects the colleges that are members of edX as well as the nonprofit consortium itself.

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3PlayMedia is offering some timely free webinars on captioning including Copyright and Captioning (April 2, 2-2:45 PM) and Captioning Quickstart (May 7, 2-2:45). They also have some nice (captioned) recorded webinars focusing on workflow issues in particular. Web accessibility is a hot topic right now, with lawsuits, a Section 508 refresh, and the impending requirements of WCAG 2.0 fresh on people’s minds. There are also some recorded webinars to check out.

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