Access Illinois

Global Acccessibility Awareness DayPostponed, the event will NOT be held on March 25th.

Due to the recently enacted campus policies relating to the COVID-19 virus the Access Illinois event will NOT be held on March 25th.  There is no new date for the event, but the committee will be meeting to discuss a new date once the campus policies allow for large groups gatherings again. 

Access Illinois is a conference to celebrate the IT accessibility and Universal Design Learning (UDL) activities at Illinois. The conference highlights accessibility related activities of people from across campus and for people to make connections with other people interested in information accessibility in the digital age and learn how UDL makes online resources more accessible and usable by everyone, including people with disabilities.

Date and Locations

TBA

Sponsors

  • Microsoft Lighthouse Project
  • Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES)
  • University Library

Keynote Speaker: Kareem Dale, University of Illinois Trustee

Kareem Dale Portrait

Kareem Dale is a two time graduate of the University of Illinois, receiving a Bachlor of Science in 1995 in Advertising and in 1999 the dual degree of Juris Doctor and MBA (cum laude).  He is a distinguished leader for disability rights and the inclusion of people with disabilities in higher education.   He currenty serves as a member of the Illinois Board of Trustees.

Professional Experience

  • Director and senior counsel, Discover Financial Services
  • Special assistant to the president for disability policy and associate director of the Office of Public Engagement, Obama White House
  • National disability director, Obama-Biden Transition and Obama for America
  • Managing partner and founder, Dale Law Group
  • Litigation attorney, Winston & Strawn LLP

Professional/Civic Affiliations, Activities and Community Service

  • Member, executive committee of board of directors, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • Past member, Chicago Mayor's Steering Committee, Americans with Disabilities Act 25th anniversary
  • Past member, board of directors, Access Living in Chicago
  • Past president, board of directors, Black Ensemble Theater, Chicago
  • Past member, executive committee, Association of Corporate Counsel Financial Services Network

Awards and Honors

  • Leadership Greater Chicago fellow (2017)
  • Probono Commitment to Legal Service Award
  • Who's Who, Black in Chicago (2006)
  • 30 Leaders of the Future Under 30, Ebony (2001)

Registration

Due to the postponement of the conference there will be no more registration for the event at this time.

NOTE: For people who have registered for the March 25th date, you will be notified when a new date is set and how to renew your registration.

Who Should Come

Participation is open to the university community and the general public. There is no cost for participation.

  • Administrators
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students
  • General public

Schedule of Events

Session/Time frame Teaching to Diverse Learners Media and the Arts Information Technologies  "How To, Nuts and Bolts" Tutorials
  Room 2025A Room 2050 Room 2009 Room 2025BC
8:30 - 9:30 am Registration
Keynote:
9:00-10:00am
      Kareem Dale, Univeristy of Illinois Trustee and UI Alumni
Session 1
10:15-11:00am

Designing for diversity: Creating classroom experiences that reach all your learners

  • Marc Thompson, CITL
  • David Favre, CITL

Facilitator: MT Hudson

Captioning online Videos

  • Ann Fredricksen, DRES
  • Christy Blew, DRES

Facilitator: Susann Sears

Campus IT Accessibility Policy & Liaison Program

  • Mike Bohlmann, AHS
  • Keith Hays, Tech Services
  • Tim Offenstein, Tech Services

Facilitator: Adam Harris

Creating Accessible Documents with Microsoft Word 
  • Jordan Leising, CITL
  • Rachel Martiniak, CITL
  • Amy Merkley, CITL
  • Erin Creuz, CITL

Facilitator: Cameron Burch

Session 2
11:15-Noon

Faculty Panel: Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners

  • Lawrence Angrave, Computer Science
  • Jeff Woods, AHS
  • Joe Minarik, SOCW
  • Sue Scoby, iSchool

Moderator: Tim Offenstein

 

Audio Description of online Videos: More Than a Team Effort

  • Ann Fredricksen, DRES
  • Robert Dignan, CITL
  • Liam Moran, CITL
  • Sean Mills, CITL

Moderator: Mike Bohlmann

Screen Reader and Magnifier Assistive Technology Demonstrations

  • Jon Gunderson, DRES
  • Teryl Brewster, OIIR
  • Michael Morgan

Moderator: Jon Gunderson

Creating Accessible PDF Documents

  • Christy Blew, DRES

 

Facilitator: Leslie Sherman

12:00-1:15pm Box lunches provided with online registration prior to March 17th.
Student panel on their experiences in class.
Session 3
1:30-2:15pm

Accessibility in the Library System

  • JJ Pionke, Library

 

Facilitator: TBA

Accessibility of Krannert Art Museum

  • Jon Seydl, Director of Krannert Art Museum
  • Liza Sylvestre, KAM

Moderator: Tina Cowsert

Accessible Math for MS Word and the Web

  • Vance Martin, UIS
  • Marc Thompson, CITL

 

Facilitator: Leslie Sherman

Creating Accessible Presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Jordan Leising, CITL
  • Amy Merkley, CITL
  • Erin Creuz, CITL

 

Facilitator: Amanda Wolff

Session 4
2:30-3:15pm

Panel Session: Developing Accessible Online Courses and Degree Programs

  • Rachel Martiniak, CITL
  • Aine McVey, CITL
  • John Tubbs, College of Business
  • Jinhee Choo, College of Business
  • Anna Mehl, Office of the Provost
  • Sara Shrader, AHS

Moderator: Marc Thompson

Social Media: Best Practices for Making Social Media More Accessible

  • Lori Lane, DRES

 

Facilitator: Christy Blew

Ask Me Anything: Panel Session by people with disabilities

  • Mark McCarthy, AITS
  • JJ Pionke, Library
  • Tina Childress
Moderator: JJ Pionke

No Session, setup for reception

DRES Tour. Lindsay Haitz will be providing tours from 2:30 - 3:00.

Networking Reception
3:30-4:30pm
     

Receiption and Accessibility Resources. 

Come enjoy some light refreshments and snacks,  discuss with your colleagues what interested you today and learn more about local accessibility resources.

Session Descriptions

10:15am: Sesson 1

Designing for diversity: Creating classroom experiences that reach all your learners

Marc Thompson, CITL; David Favre, CITL
Facilitator: MT Hudson, OAE
Room 2025A

Supporting the diverse learning needs of students is key for helping all students achieve success at Illinois.  This session participants will learn the basic principles of creating educational materials that provide flexible ways for students to learn and demonstrate their knowledge and mastery of a topic.

Designing for diversity: Creating classroom experiences that reach all your learners

Ann Fredricksen, DRES; Christy Blew, DRES
Facilitator: Susann Sears, DRES
Room 2050

Video is becoming more important part of our daily communication and a part of education and training programs.  People with hearing disabilities and English as a second language need captioning to have equal access to the information in the video.  Learn some best practices for captioning and what is in store for the Illinois campus to learn more about captioning.

Campus IT Accessibility Policy & Liaison Program

Mike Bohlmann, AHS; Keith Hays, Tech Services; Tim Offenstein, Tech Services
Facilitator: Adam Harris, DRES
Room 2009

Come learn about the University of Illinois EIT Accessibility Policy and how the campus Technology Accessibility Review Committee (TARC) is leading the efforts to make the campus information technologies more accessible, including the Accessibility Liaisons program to support individual units in meeting the policy requirements.

Creating Accessible Documents with Microsoft Word

Jordan Leising, CITL; Rachel Martiniak, CITL; Amy Merkley, CITL; Erin Creuz, CITL
Facilitator: Cameron Burch, DRES
Room 2025BC

Microsoft Word has many features built-in that help people with different abilities to read and author documents. Word also offers the Accessibility Checker that locates elements that might cause problems for people with disabilities.  Bring your laptop and follow along as you learn the basics of making Word documents accessible.

11:15am: Session 2

Faculty Panel: Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners

Lawrence Angrave, Computer Science; Jeff Woods, AHS; Joe Minarik, SOCW; Sue Scoby, iSchool
Moderator: Tim Offenstein, Tech Services
Room 2025A

In this session faculty will present their perspectives on making instruction, instructional materials and assessment more adaptable and flexible to allow students more choices in how they learn course content.  Giving students more choices to learn and demonstrate their knowledge helps reduce the need for disability accommodations and allows students with disabilities to be on a more even footing with their peers in a course.

Audio Description of online Videos: More Than a Team Effort

Ann Fredricksen, DRES; Robert Dignan, CITL; Liam Moran, CITL; Shaun Mills, CITL
Moderator: Mike Bohlmann, AHS
Room 2050

For most videos to be accessible to people with visual disabilities they need to be able to understand the visual information presented in the video.   This workshop will introduce best practices and guidelines for creating audio descriptions to help people with visual disabilities understand the visual information in the video.  

Screen Reader and Magnifier Assistive Technology Demonstrations

Teryl Brewster, OIIR; Michael Morgan
Moderator: Jon Gunderson, DRES
Room 2009

Come and learn first hand the experience of people using screen reader and screen magnifiers to access web content.  Teryl Brewster will be demonstrating the JAWs screen reader and Michael Morgan the Zoom features of macOS.

Creating Accessible PDF Documents

Christy Blew, DRES
Facilitator: Leslie Sherman, AITS
Room 2025BC

They are not going anywhere and we are still going to be using them for a long time. Learn about the built in accessibility checker and how you can begin to remediate your PDF documents. Bring your laptop and follow along. 

12:15pm:  Box Lunch and Student Panel

Moderators: Susann Sears and Tina Cowsert, DRES
Room 2025BC

During lunch students with disabilities will talk about their expeirence using technology as a part of their University of Illinois exprience.

1:30pm: Session 3

Accessibility in the Library System

JJ Pionke, Library
Facilitator: TBA
Room 2025A

Accessibility in libraries is an ongoing concern both locally and in the materials that the library purchases.  This session will briefly discuss the larger issues that libraries face and then focus on what the University Library is doing to be more accessible. 

Accessibility of Krannert Art Museum

Jon Seydl, School of Art and Design, Claudia Corlett-Stahl, KAM; Allyson Purpura, KAM; Liza Sylvestre, KAM
Moderator: Tina Cowsert, DRES
Room 2050

Learn about the efforts of the Krannert Art Museum to become more accessible to a wider range of people with disbailities.

Accessible Math for MS Word and the Web

Vance Martin, UIS; Marc Thompson, CITL
Facilitator: Leslie Sherman, AITS
Room 2009

Making mathematical equations accessible to people with disabilities in electronic documents and the web is not intuitively obvious.  This session will demonstrate tools and techniques to make mathematical questions accessible online and word documents.   Bring your laptop and to follow along with the presentors demonstrations.

Creating Accessible Presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint

Jordan Leising, CITL; Amy Merkley, CITL; Erin Creuz, CITL
Facilitator: Amanda Wolff, DRES
Room 2025BC

Microsoft PowerPoint presentations tend to be highly visual, and people who are blind or have low vision can understand them more easily if you create your slides with accessibility in mind. Bring your laptop and follow along as you learn the basics of creating an accessible PowerPoint presentation.

2:30pm: Sesson 4

Panel Session: Developing Accessible Online Courses and Degree Programs

Rachel Martiniak, CITL; Aine McVey, CITL; John Tubbs, College of Business; Jinhee Choo, College of Business; Anna Mehl, Office of the Provost; Sara Shrader, AHS
Moderator: Marc Thompson, CITL
Room 2025A

The University of Illinois is developing degree programs for both fully online and hybrid teaching models.  The panel will identify the issues in ensuring that these program are accessible to people with disabilities.

Social Media: Best Practices for Making Social Media More Accessible

Lori Lane, DRES
Facilitator: Christy Blew, DRES
Room 2050

Social media offers users greater benefits for interaction and network, but there are barriers that prevent users with diverse abilities from participating in social media. Come and learn some best practices for most popular platforms. 

Ask Me Anything: Panel Session by people with disabilities

Mark McCarthy, AITS; Tina Childress, Illinois School for the Deaf
Moderator: JJ Pionke, Library
Room 2009

Have a question about disability but have been afraid to ask it?  Worried your disability related question is silly or insensitive? Come to the Ask Me Anything on Disability panel and ask panelists the questions you’ve always wanted the answers for.  This panel is a safe space for questions, no matter how theoretically awkward. Members of the panel can answer questions about a variety of disabilities. 

Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) Tour

A bus will transport people from SDRP to the Rehabiltiation Education Center for a walking tour of the DRES resources and services.   Learn about the 75 year history of DRES, including the pioneering first 20 years when Illinois was creating many accessibility firsts through its efforts to provide students with disabilities access to the educational, social and recreation resources of the University of Illinois.  The tour will include the National Paraolympic training center, which has helped train numerous championship wheelchair racers and basketball teams.

3:15pm: Reception and Accessibility Resources

We encourage you to stay for the reception to discuss the events of the day and to learn more about the accessibility resources available to people at Illinois.   The following accessibility related organizations will be on hand to answer your questions, discuss their services and demonstrate assistive technologies.

NOTE: The receiption will include refreshments and snacks.

Parking

  • Free Parking available in the NW Lot of the State Farm Center (corner of Kirby and 1st where the SFC event sign is located) and shuttle provided
    • Shuttle Schedule TBA
  • Metered parking available on the street (~$1/hour)
  • NOTE: Parking in any University parking lot is by permit only, violators will be ticketed.

For questions about parking or the event, contact Christy Blew at clblew@illinois.edu

Access Illinois Committee

  • Christy Blew, DRES
  • Mike Bohlman, AHS
  • Teryl Brewster, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
  • Tina Cowsert, DRES
  • Maureen Gilbert, DRES
  • Jon Gunderson, DRES
  • Keith Hays, Technology Services
  • MT Hudson, Office for Access and Equity
  • Lori Lane, DRES
  • Mark McCarthy, AITS
  • Tim Offenstein, Technology Services
  • JJ Pionke, University Library
  • Jermaine Raymer, PACE
  • Susann Sears, DRES
  • Leslie Sherman, AITS
  • Marc Thompson, CITL