Virtual Accessing Higher Ground

Ahead Virtaual Conference 2018

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Accessible Adobe InDesign Layouts to Produce Accessible PDFs and EPUBs

11:30 am – 6 pm, 111 E. Green, Lab #16

If no attendees by noon, room will be closed and session will be made available after the conference

Hands-on workshop teaches how to construct INDD files that export "graciously" to accessible PDFs with minimal remediation afterwards. We expect new InDesign features in the fall, so this workshop will incorporate them into a doable design workflow.

From start to finish, this hands-on workshop covers each step of the publishing workflow for any type of Adobe InDesign project — books, long documents, academic research, classroom materials, campus/administrative items, public-facing materials.

Focus: creating InDesign layouts that convert to accessible PDFs with minimal remediation in Acrobat…that is, PDFs that are nearly 100% accessible right from InDesign with the right tags and correct reading orders. Added discussions: converting accessible InDesign layouts to EPUBs, and developing accessible InDesign templates for recurring publications.

Before the workshop, make sure your laptop is updated with the latest Creative Cloud releases if you'll be using your own laptop at the conference.

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Understanding and Evaluating WCAG 2 Color and Contrast

10:00 am – 1:00 pm, DCL L410

If no attendees by 10:30 am, room will be closed and session will be made available after the conference

This workshop will begin with a thorough review of WCAG 2.0 and 2.1 requirements, and important principles not included in WCAG. We will then practice evaluating electronic documents and webpages for contrast using several free tools and resources.

One of the most commonly discussed areas within the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2 are its contrast requirements. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of fine print and complexity within these requirements that can often make it a confusing topic for web content creators and web accessibility evaluators. This session will outline WCAG 2.0 contrast requirements for text and large text, and WCAG 2.1 contrast for icons and images. We will then practice evaluating contrast issues using several common tools including the Colour Contrast Analyser, WAVE, Colorzilla, and the Chrome Developer Tools.

Captioned Media: Developing a Systematic Approach that Meets the Needs of Your Institution

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm, DRES 84 (Downstairs)

If no attendees by 3:00 pm, room will be closed and session will be made available after the conference

During this workshop, presenters will provide an overview of captioned media models as well as strategies to streamline the process.

Recently, captioned media has become a topic of focus for higher education institutions due to the increased technology demands including archived lecture videos, pre-recorded lectures for online courses, and online media content used in the classroom. Recent litigation has emphasized institutions have a responsibility to both the campus community and the general public in regards to video accessibility. This presentation will focus on various models of campus captioning policies and strategies to streamline the process.

For complete session descriptions on the concurrent track sessions, please visit

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Track A - Huff Hall 114

  • 9-10 am - Not So Fast: Implementing Accessibility Reviews in a University’s IT Software Review Process, Crystal Tenan, NC State University, et al
  • 10:15-11:15 am - Math Accessibility in Word, Canvas, Conversion and More! , Paul Brown, Texthelp, et al
  • 12:15-1:15 pm - “We don’t have enough staff assigned to making IT accessible!”, Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington
  • Break
  • 3:15-5:15 pm - Lab: Evaluating and Repairing Word and PowerPoint Files, Jonathan Whiting, WebAIM (double-session)

Track B - Huff Hall 121

  • 9-10 am - Navigating the Course: Creating Accessible STEM, Megan Gibbs, Kennesaw State University
  • 10:15-11:15 am - Understanding WCAG 2.1, Becky Gibson, Knowbility
  • 12:15-1:15 pm - State of ARIA 2018, Joe Humbert, Interactive Accessibility
  • Break
  • 3:15-4:15 pm - Practical approaches for involving people with disabilities in digital product design and evaluation, David Sloan, The Paciello Group
  • 4:15-5:15 pm - Experiences of Students with Visual Disabilities with Tactile Graphics, Guy Toles, Georgia Institute of Technology

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Track A - Huff Hall 114

  • 9-10 am - Powerful Presentation Skills for the Accessibility Professional, Christa Miller, Virginia Tech
  • 10:15 am-11:15 pm - IT Colleagues: from Accessibility Newbies into Accessibility Auditors, Kristen Dabney, Tufts University
  • Break
  • 3:15-4:15 pm - Social media and accessibility, Gian Wild, AccessibilityOz
  • 5:00-6:00 pm - I Was Wrong! Build Your Successful Accessibility Program by Learning from My Mistakes, Angela Hooker, Microsoft.
    NOTE: This session will be recorded and made available after the conference.

Track B - Huff Hall 121

  • 9-11:15 am - What’s new in Acrobat, Rob Haverty, Accessibility, Adobe (double-session)
  • Break
  • 3:15-6 pm - Lab: Making Math Accessible Doesn’t Have To Be Terrifying!, Susan Kelmer, University of Colorado Boulder (double-session)

Evening Keynote: Britney Wilson: “And People With Disabilities,” will be recorded and available after the conference to anyone who would like to view it.

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Track A – DRES 107 (Upstairs)

  • 10:15-11:15 am - Trending Tech Tools: What’s New, What’s Improved & What’s on the Horizon for Assistive Technology & Accessibility Tools, Rachel Kruzel, Augsburg University
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm - The Big Ten Academic Alliance’s Shared Approach to Procurement and Vendor Relations, Bill Welsh, Rutgers University, et al
  • 12:45-1:45 pm - Not Another Lecture-Style Presentation, Brad Held, University of Central Fl

Track B – DRES 84 (Downstairs)

  • 10:15-11:15 am - Accessibility: Past, Present, and Future, Gerard Cohen, Wells Fargo
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm - Pretty Accessible: Bringing Beauty, Simplicity, and Usability to Accessible Products, Rachel Comerford, Macmillan Learning et al
  • 12:45-1:45 pm - Interactive 3d printed tactile campus maps, Holly Lawson, Assistant Professor,Portland State University, et al