Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2019

Global Acccessibility Awareness DayCome celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on Thursday, May 16th, with a day of hands-on workshops, tours, exhibits and demonstrations of accessible technologies. 

This is a time to make connections with other people interested in accessibility in the digital age and learn how universal design makes online resources more accessible and usable by everyone, including people with disabilities.

Date and Locations

  • Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
  • Transportation: Free parking and shuttle to venues available
  •  Locations:
    • Khan Annex/Huff Hall, 1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign (Use North doors off Gregory to enter the building)
    • Nugent Hall, 207 E Gregory Dr, Champaign (Use Arbor and Gregory Drive entrance)
    • Rehabilitation Education Center, 1207 S. Oak Street, Champaign

Registration

Registration is now closed for the event. You may still attend, yet be sure to check in at the foyer between KHAN 1001 and 1002 between 8:30 - 9:30 am.

Who Should Come

Participation is open to the university community and the general public. There is no cost for participation. Please use the registration form to let us know if you plan to come for some or all of the day's activities. A complementary box lunch is available for people who register by May 10th.

  • Administrators
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Instructional designers
  • Technology professionals
  • Disability professionals
  • Health professionals

    Schedule of Events

     

    Time KHAN 1001
    (Instruction Track)
    KHAN 1002
    (Media Track)
    Nugent Hall HUFF 114
    (Technology Track)
    9-9:45

    College of Business: Accessible Document Creation for MOOCs

    • John Tubbs, COB
    • Siri Balusani, COB

    Captioning

    • Ann Fredricksen, DRES
    • Christy Blew, DRES
     

    New Campus IT Accessibility Policy

    • Tim Offenstein, Technology Services
    • Keith Hays, Technology Services
    10-10:45

    Microsoft Word Accessible Authoring

    • Marc Thompson, CITL
    • Rachel Martiniak, CITL
    • Emily Forbes, CITL
    • David Favre, CITL

    Audio Description Panel

    • Ann Fredricksen, DRES
    • Liam Moran, CITL
    • Andrew Gleason, Public Affairs
    • Robert (Bob) Dignan, CITL
     

    State of Illinois IT Accessibility

    • Mike Scott, Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology
    11-11:45

    Microsoft PowerPoint Accessible Authoring

    • Marc Thompson, CITL
    • Rachel Martiniak, CITL
    • Emily Forbes, CITL
    • David Favre, CITL

    Class Transcribe

    • Lawrence Angrave, Computer Science

    A11yFirst Editor Enhancements for CKEditor and Drupal 8

    • Nicholas Hoyt, DRES
    • Darien Large, ACES Extension

    E-Portfolio Accessibility Group

    • Robert Baird, CITL
    • Lori Lane, DRES
    • Kat LeBore, CITL
    • Mark McCarthy, AITS
    • Tim Offenstein, Technology Services
    12-1:30 Lunch, Tours of DRES, and Beckwith Program (at Nugent Hall) and Assistive Technology Demonstrations (at Rehabilitation Education Center)
    1:45-2:30

    E-Text Accessibility

    • Yury Borukhovich, E-Text @ Illinois
    • Milind Basole, E-Text @ Illinois

    Microsoft Lighthouse Project

    • Lindsay Haitz, DRES
    • Lawrence Angrave, Computer Science
    • Megan Bayles, AHS Microsoft Fellow
    • Tim Yang, AHS Microsoft Fellow
    • Aaron Ebata, ACES
    • Kim Collins, DRES, (Moderator)

    FAE and AInspector WCAG

    • Nicholas Hoyt, DRES
    • Jon Gunderson, DRES

    Coursera Accessibility Group

    • Anna Mehl, Office of the Provost
    • Keith Hays, Technology Services
    • Marc Thompson, CITL
    • Lori Lane, DRES
    2:45-3:30

    Screen Shot to Accessible Math Using EquatIO

    • Marc Thompson. CITL
    • Martin Vance, UI-Springfield

     

     

    Assistive Technology Consumer Panel

    • Teryl Brewster, Education
    • Mark McCarthy, AITS
    • Colin Luadi, Student
    • Jon Gunderson, DRES (Moderator)

     

    Session Descriptions

    9:00am - 9:45am Workshops

    College of Business: Accessible Document Creation for MOOCs

    • Siri Balusani, COB
    • Room 1001 Khan Annex (Huff Hall)
    John Tubbs will be presenting using a video and Siri will be discussing some of the techniques she used in creating alternative descriptions for instructional graphics.

    Video Captioning Techniques and Tools

    • Ann Fredricksen, DRES
    • Room 1002 Khan Annex (Huff Hall)
    Video is becoming a more important part of our daily communication, 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.  Ann Fredricksen will go over some of the best practices for captioning and introduce visitors to some software that is available to meet their financial needs.

    New Campus IT Accessibility Policy

    • Tim Offenstein, Technology Services, and Keith Hays, Technology Services
    • Room 114 Huff Hall
    Learn about the Campus IT Accessibility Policy that was recently added to the Campus Administrative Manual and the creation of the Accessibility Liason group to support the implementation of the policy.
     

    10:00am-10:45am Workshops

    Microsoft Word Accessible Authoring

    • Marc Thompson, Rachel Martiniak, Emily Forbes, and David Favre, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL)
    • Room 1001 Khan Annex (Huff Hall)
    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.

    Audio Description Panel

    • Ann Fredricksen, DRES; Liam Moran, CITL; Andrew Gleason, Public Affairs; Robert (Bob) Dignan, CITL
    • Room 1002 Khan Annex (Huff Hall)
    This panel will discuss the issues and technologies related to creating audio descriptions of instructional video content.

    State of Illinois IT Accessibility

    • Mike Scott, Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology
    • Room 114 Huff Hall

    Learn how the State of Illinois is stepping up to the challenge of ensuring IT accessibility, from the IITAA to the new State Website Modernization bill. Share your ideas, experiences, and questions with Mike Scott from the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology in this interactive discussion session.




    11:00am-11:45am Workshops

    Microsoft PowerPoint Accessible Authoring

    • Marc Thompson, Rachel Martiniak, Emily Forbes, and David Favre, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL)
    • Room 1001 Khan Annex (Huff Hall)
    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.

    Class Transcribe

    • Lawrence Angrave, Computer Science
    • Room 1002 Khan Annex (Huff Hall)
    Class Transcript is part of the Microsoft Lighthouse project and provides a means for producing captions from lecture capture systems.  Lawrence will demonstrate the system and help you understand how you could use this in your own courses. 

    A11yFirst for CKEditor and Drupal 8: Creating Accessible Documents as You Edit

    • Nicholas Hoyt, DRES and Darien Large, ACES Extension
    • 1101A Nugent Hall
    Content Management Systems (CMS), like Drupal 8, allow authors to edit web content using WYSIWYG editors.   Most CMS authors have little understanding of accessibility principles and the technical details of HTML accessibility to insure the content they create is accessible to people with disabilities.  Some CMS editors are configured with an accessibility checker, but the utility of this feature is dependent on the author invoking the checker.  A checker-only approach reinforces the remediation stereotype for accessibility, which is extra work for the author.  The A11yFirst project goal is to provide a proactive approach to making web content accessible by providing features that guide authors in creating accessible content by default (e.g. headings), just in time accessibility feedback (e.g. link text and text alternatives for images), and help information on making accessible content.   Information will be provided on the A11yFirst for CKEditor distribution and the Drupal 8 A11yFirst Editor Enhancements module.

    E-Portfolio Accessibility Group

    • Robert Baird, CITL; Mark McCarthy, AITS; Lori Lane, DRES; Tim Offenstein, Technology Services
    • Room 114 Huff Hall
    A team of accessibility people from across campus will be discussing the accessibility issues of the campus E-Portfolio system used by students to document their work while at the university.  The panel will discuss how they are identifying accessibility issues and working with the vendor to improve the accessibility of the system.


    1:45pm-2:30pm Workshops

    E-Text Accessibility

    • Yury Borukhovich and Milind Basole, E-Text @ Illinois
    • Room 1001 Khan Annex (Huff Hall)

    E-Text@Illinois has built accessibility into the campus e-book system from the beginning.  Yuri and Milind will discuss the accessibility features of the E-text@illinois and how you can use this technology to provide accessible e-books to your students.

    Microsoft Lighthouse Project

    • Lindsay Haitz, DRES; Lawrence Angrave, Computer Science; Megan Bayles, AHS Microsoft Fellow; Tim Yang, AHS Microsoft Fellow; Aaron Ebata, ACES; and Kim Collins, DRES, (Moderator)
    • Room 1002 Khan Annex (Huff Hall)
    Microsoft Lighthouse project has provided resources to develop best practices for supporting students with autism in higher education and increase the employment opportunities of students with disabilities in STEM fields.  The lighthouse project is also supporting the creation of new technologies to generate captions form automatic lecture caption systems and support two graduate student fellows in helping raise awareness of the need for universal design to campus instructors and teaching assistants.     

    FAE and AInspector WCAG

    • Nicholas Hoyt, DRES and Jon Gunderson, DRES
    • 1101A Nugent Hall
    The Functional Accessibility Evaluator and AInspector WCAG are open source web accessibility evaluation tools developed here at Illinois.  This session will demonstrate the features of both tools for helping people understand the accessibility of web content.   The session will also provide time for people to provide feedback on current or future accessibility inspection and evaluation tools.

    Coursera Accessibility Group

    • Anna Mehl, Office of Provost; Keith Hays, Technology Services; Marc Thompson, CITL and Lori Lane, DRES
    • Room 114 Huff Hall

    A group of accessibility professionals, instructional designers, and online learning specialists will discuss their efforts to work with Coursera on making the MOOC platform more accessible to people with disabilities.  This work has led to significant improvements to the Coursera platform and has changed the way Coursera addresses accessibility issues of their online learning platform.


    2:45pm-3:30pm Workshops

    Screen Shot to Accessible Math Using EquatIO

    • Marc Thompson. CITL and Martin Vance, UI-Springfield
    • Room 1001 Khan Annex (Huff Hall)

    This session will demonstrate and discuss EquatIO, a new technology for creating accessible math from images of mathematical equations.

    Assistive Technology Consumer Panel

    • Teryl Brewster, Education; Mark McCarthy, AITS; Colin Luadi, Student; and Jon Gunderson, DRES (Moderator)
    • Room 114 Huff Hall

    This is a panel session consists of employees and students with disabilities at the University of Illinois discussing how information technologies affects their everyday lives and the importance of making information technologies accessible from a human, rather than just a compliance perspective.


    DRES Open House and Demos

    12:00 am-1:30 pm DRES Open House and Assistive Technology Demonstrations 

    Atrium 

    • DRES Career Development, Lindsay Haitz
    • Campus IT Training Resources
    • DRES and Beckwith program information,
    • People Assuming Control over their Environment (PACE), Avi Laird
    • Illinois Assistive Technology Project (IATP), Lynette Strode
    • Illinois Radio Reader, Kathie Spegal

    South Hall

    •  Mental Health Services, Mandi Carey

    North Hall

    • DRES Timeline and History (Self-Guided)

    Room 77 (Lower Level)

    • Wheelchair Athletics Program and Training Facility, Athletic Staff

    Room 85 (Lower Level)

    • Captioning and Audio Description Services, Ann Fredricksen

    Room 64 (lower level)

    • Text Conversion Services, Angie Anderson

    Room 107

    • Lunch for people who registered to attend

    Room 111B

    • Sonocent for Note Taking, Rachel Graddy

    Room 121 West 

    • Technology for the Deaf, Colin Luadi
    • Screen magnification with Zoom on OSX, Michael Morgan
    • Screen magnification and JAWS, Teryl Brewster
    • JAWS and TalkBack for Andriod, Arland Stratton

    Room 136

    • Kurzweil 3000, Tina Rolfe
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking, Tina Rolfe

    Room 178

    • Wellness Gym, Jeannette Elliott

    Nugent Hall

    • Beckwith Program Tours, Susann Sears

     


    Parking

    • Free Parking available in the NW Lot of the State Farm Center (corner of Kirby and 4th, where the SFC event sign is located) and shuttle provided.
    • Accessible parking is available in the DRES parking lot (entrance on Oak Street).
    • Metered parking available on the street (~$1/hour)
    • NOTE: Parking in Huff Hall parking lot is by permit only, violators will be ticketed.

    Shuttle Bus

    Shuttle Schedule for the parking lot (may change slightly):

    • 8:45/8:50 am - bus leaves the lot to drop off at Huff Hall. Will return and make 1 more trip (approx 9-9:15 am) and drop off at Huff then return to DRES
    • 11:50 am - bus leaves DRES, make a trip to the parking lot
    • 1:30 pm - bus leaves the lot, drop off at DRES
    • 3:35 pm - bus(es) leaves Huff, stop at Nugent, stop at DRES, make a trip to the parking lot

    A shuttle bus will also be available between DRES, Huff Hall, and Nugent Hall between sessions.
    DRES and Huff Hall are approximately .5 mile walking distance from one another with Nugent Hall between them.

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