Open-source Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools (AIM2)

The Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) 2.0 and AInspector Sidebar are open-source tools to evaluate and inspect compliance with the requirements of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0. WCAG 2.0 is an international standard and part of the Section 508 refresh for information technology. Open-source tools can be freely used and customized for individual needs.

Universal Interaction Design: Making It Click for Everyone, Everywhere (UAD2)

Your sites may use responsive templates. You may have tested you content with the plugs-in like Fangs and FireEyes, or even with JAWS. But have you tested your interactions to work with keyboard navigation? On tablets? For visitors with low vision? For visitors with low vision, using keyboard navigation? For visitors with hearing impairments who use tablets? For visitors who want to print what they read? For visitors stationed overseas? In our session we will talk about what we learned from integrating accessibility testing and interaction design, from types of testing to interaction best practices to overall design and development processes.

Doing Accessibility Right the First Time -- or Maybe the Second (UAD3)

Sometimes it takes a horrible event (like a disastrous website launch) to get all the resources in place to finally do things right. Hear how Grinnell College royally messed up, but then took the opportunity to rebuild an accessible site from the ground up. Whether you have a "pretty accessible" site or are starting from scratch, learn how to get internal buy-in (without manufacturing a disaster), secure internal and external resources, and manage the project from start to finish.

Lessons Learned on the Road to Accessibility (UAD5)

In the fall of 2010, the National Federation of the Blind filed a complaint against Penn State. So began a broad initiative shaped by the unique strengths of the institution and the choices we made in triage. From training to triage to organizational change, these are some of the important lessons learned in our journey toward delivering an accessible learning and working environment. We will discuss: 1. A general roadmap your institution can follow to get started. 2. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses, and what impact they have on an individualized implementation plan. 3. Top-down and bottom-up approaches to reaching your goals. 4. Measuring progress and maturity of IT accessibility in your institution.

Carousels, Dropdowns, and Modal Dialogs: Accessibility and Common Web Widgets (UAD7)

This interactive session will explore web accessibility by examining three common web widgets: A carousel, a dropdown menu, and a modal dialog. We will ask: Is this widget accessible to all users? Is there any group of users who might find it difficult or impossible to use? How can it be tested? How can it be improved? What are our options as designers and developers for ensuring our web widgets are fully accessible to all students, employees, and visitors?

Accessibility 101 (UAD9)

In the higher education web design environment, accessibility is paramount. The web team at Tarrant County College endeavored to greatly improve their accessibility by conducting extensive research, and by meeting with disabled users to experience firsthand how they access web content. In this session, Stephen will discuss their testing and research processes, the results, and best practices garnered from this initiative. Learn about a diverse collection of techniques and quick fixes that you can implement on your website immediately. Find out how to improve accessibility in your existing site, how to guide decisions in a redesign, and most importantly, how to guarantee equality of access for all students on your campus.

Schlemiel, Schlemazel, Digital Signage Incorporated! (AIM9)

When faced with the challenge of creating an easier-to-use and cheaper option for digital signage, the CLAS Web Services Group from the University of Iowa overcame the obstacles, by changing the system itself. Learn how and why the University of Iowa developed a digital signage solution that you can implement using the Drupal CMS; one that is responsive and accessible to all users. See how the process started, the challenges we had to overcome, the release of a new version of the product, and where we go in the future. We're gonna make [y]our dreams come true! Doin' it our way!