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Register for Assistive Technology Demonstrations

Mike Gibson with the Educational Access Center will present a series of access technology sessions this semester on topics of screen readers and magnifiers, accessible forms, navigating data tables, and universal design and usability.

Introduction to Screen Readers and Magnification

This presentation will introduce participants to access technology applications of screen readers and screen magnifiers used by blind and visually impaired computer users. Overview and evolution of the technology will be presented. Basic terminology, keyboard commands, and user strategies will be discussed. Examples of inaccessible and accessible webpage design will be demonstrated. There will be time for questions at the end.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Accessible Forms and Data Table Navigation

This intermediate presentation will introduce participants to web-based forms and tables using keyboard navigation alternatives provided by operating systems and screen readers. Accessible and inaccessible examples from a variety of sources will be explored. Participants will see common barriers and frustrations experienced by blind and visually impaired access technology users. There will be time available where participants may have their own forms and tables evaluated.

  • Tuesday, March 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Moving Beyond Accessibility

This advanced presentation will discuss the concept of universal design and usability . Examples of accessible but difficult web-based applications will be presented. Participants will experience the difference between accessibility and the more inclusive access level of universal design enhancing product usability. Benefits of creating webpages and applications with universal design as part of the development workflow will be discussed.

  • Wednesday, April 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 19, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.