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


  • 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:

Registration - Mobile Screen Reader Testing

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  • Please complete the following form to register for this accessibility training session. You will receive additional information in your confirmation message.
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.

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Registration: FAE Sep 7

  • 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.

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 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

Sent in by Christian Johansen


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.

Full Story

Sent in by Elizabeth J. Pyatt


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.

Full List and Registration links

Sent in by Alexa Schriempf


A small, highly unusual exhibition, “Touching the Prado,” designed to give the blind or those with limited sight an
opportunity to create a mental image of a painting by feeling it. The show, which runs through June 28, occupies a side passage of the museum, near a room that contains an original of another work copied for the blind: a version
of the Mona Lisa by a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci. Altogether, six 3D copies are on display, all of them rendering famous works in the Prado. They include Goya’s “The Parasol”; a still life by van der Hamen; “Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan” by Velázquez; and “Noli Me Tangere,” Correggio’s painting of Christ meeting Mary Magdalene.

The exhibition is one of the most sophisticated yet in efforts to unlock the beauty of the visual arts for those unable to see them. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery in London are among several museums that organize activities for blind visitors, including special guided tours, drawing classes, and “touch” workshops, in which blind people can feel sculptures. The Louvre in Paris also has a Tactile Gallery that contains
copies of some of its sculptures.

Full Story

Sent in by Christian Vinten-Johansen


The proposed standards replace the current product-based approach with a functionality-based approach. The proposed technical requirements, which are organized along the lines of ICT functionality, provide standards to ensure that covered hardware, software, electronic content, and support documentation and services are accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, the proposed standards include functional performance criteria, which are outcome-based provisions for cases in which the proposed technical requirements do not address one or more features of ICT.

Given the trend toward convergence of technologies and ICT networks, the Access Board is updating the 255 Guidelines at the same time that it is updating the 508 Standards. The existing guidelines include detailed requirements for the accessibility, usability, and compatibility of telecommunications equipment and customer premises equipment. For example, the guidelines require input, output, display, control, and mechanical functions to be accessible to individuals with disabilities. The compatibility requirements focus on the need for standard connectors, compatibility of controls with prosthetics, and TTY compatibility. The guidelines define “usable” as providing access to information about how to use a product, and direct that instructions, product information, documentation, and technical support for users with disabilities be functionally equivalent to that provided to individuals without disabilities. The proposed guidelines include many non-substantive revisions to the existing requirements for clarity along with a few important new provisions.

Full Story

Sent in by Terry Watson


While some of the more popular, commercial systems, such as Moodle, Blackboard and Desire2Learn, are built in a way that makes them accessible, some of the platforms designed by schools are more limited.

Those systems can be particularly challenging for students who have print disabilities – physical, visual, cognitive and other impairments that prevent them from effectively reading their course materials.

Once students with disabilities are accepted into an online program, they should prepare to be direct and open about what they need to succeed, experts say.

Even if a school uses a learning management system that is completely accessible to students with vision, hearing or other impairments, the odds are that at some point some ​students will hit a snag, says Lissner of the Association on Higher Education And Disability, who also works at Ohio State University.

Full Story

Sent in by Alexa Schriempf

Topic : The Future of Video Player Accessibility


There’s no denying that online video makes up an increasingly important part of our everyday lives: online video traffic is expected to make up 79 percent of all consumer Internet traffic in 2018. There’s also no denying that individuals with disabilities represent a growing percentage of the population: in the 2010 U.S. Census, 19% of the population had a disability, a number that is only increasing with medical advancements and an aging society.

For software developers, this means keeping pace with technological improvements that accommodate all users—which is not easy. In this webinar, developers from YouTube/ Google, JW Player, Video.js, and University of Washington will come together to discuss video player accessibility. Taking a look at their different players, we will discuss the current capabilities, known shortcomings, and plans for future development. This webinar will provide a forum for major developers to take a top-level look at the future potential of video player accessibility.

Time, Date, Registration

  • Wednesday, April 22
  • 2PM
  • Registration: 3PlayMedia

Sent in by Sonya Woods

Topic : Section 508 ICT NPRM – an Overview


This webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. Access Board’s ICT Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that was released for public comment on February 18, 2015. The public comment period on the ICT NPRM will be open for 90 days. Staff from the U.S. Access Board will review the proposed text of the rule which jointly updates the Section 508 Standards and the Section 255 Guidelines. They will give an overview of the proposed changes and will cover the process for commenting on the proposed rule. Major proposed changes that will be covered include:

  • The incorporation of the WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria, and applying those associated success criteria to websites as well as to offline electronic documents and software;
  • Requiring real-time text functionality (text that is transmitted character by character as it is being typed) for products providing real-time, two-way voice communication;
  • Specifying the types of non-public facing electronic content covered; and
    Describing the required compatibility of covered technologies, including operating systems, software development toolkits, and software applications with assistive technology.

Time, Date, Registration

  • Tuesday, March 31
  • 1PM
  • Registration: CIO.gov

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