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The AHEAD to You Spring Webinar Series
Access to Instruction: #thegrowingimperative

The recent agreement between the University of Montana and the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights - http://www.ahead.org/presidents-post - highlights the continuing need for colleges and universities to develop comprehensive policies and practices ensuring the accessibility of all campus electronic and information technologies (E&IT).

Join our presenters in this timely series as they offer insight, guidance and tools to help you address E&IT access on your own campuses.

All webinars are offered on Thursday afternoons, 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET. Full registration information can be found at: http://ahead.org/learn/virtual-learning/webinars/form

AHEADtoYou! webinars use Adobe Connect software with built-in real-time captioning. All instructions for logging in and participating in our webinars will be sent to you upon paid registration.

May 8, 2014 - A Journey to Accessibility - How Temple University is Implementing an Accessible Information and Technology Initiative University Wide​
Paul Paire, Temple University

Temple University will share strategies used and lessons learned in implementing an Accessible Information and Technology initiative. We will review our university wide policy, the organization of our teams, how we launched the initiative, and the development and deployment of accessibility standards and guidelines for the university (including instructional materials, smart classrooms, and computer labs). This will be both a high level talk from an Associate Vice President’s perspective as well as an “in the trenches” perspective from the project manager. 

May 15, 2014 - The Next Generation of Accessible Materials: Born Accessible
Cherie Miller, Benetech/Bookshare

There has been a fundamental shift in the way people with and without disabilities access information: eBooks, online courses, user-created materials, open educational resources, and the widespread use of graphics to convey information have created a “new normal” for how we teach and learn. While these resources are readily available, too many of them are not accessible. For people with visual and/or physical impairments and severe learning disabilities, often times they face barriers to printed text and images. To address the gaps in assessable educational content, however more and more educators are becoming content creators themselves. With technology driving the way students access educational materials, now is the time to change the way this content is created. We will discuss Bookshare and the DIAGRAM Center and how they are exploring ways to use touch-screen technology, tactile graphics, and smart images to make images more interactive and dynamic. 

May 22, 2014 -Benchmarking and Planning your Institution’s Web Accessibility Efforts
Jonathan Whiting, WEBAIM

Since 1999 WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) has worked to expand the potential of the web for people with disabilities by providing the knowledge, technical skills, tools, organizational leadership strategies, and vision that empower organizations to make their own content accessible to people with disabilities.

During this hands-on webinar, participants will learn how they can evaluate the accessibility of their web content for users with disabilities. This session will utilize free resources and should be valuable for technical and less-technical individuals. A highlight of the workshop will be an introduction to the GOALS Project, a blueprint for institutional web accessibility

Presenter Bios

Paul Paire has served as Executive Director of Special Projects in Computer Services at Temple University since 2007. As an Executive Director, Paul has been responsible for implementing technology solutions through solo efforts, traditional project management, and crowdsourcing. Paul brings the end users’ perspective to projects he works on as a result of his 20 years of experience in desktop support and client services before becoming Executive Director of Special Projects. Paul holds a B.S. degree in Computer Sciences from Millersville University and a M.B.A. in Information Systems from Temple University. He has been a speaker at WordCamp Philly, and most recently gave a talk on “Presenting Accessibly” at the Northeast E-Learning Consortium. 

Cherie Miller is an Education Program Manager at Bookshare, an accessible digital library for people with print disabilities and project of the literacy initiative of Benetech. As the mother of two college-age sons with learning disabilities, has successfully navigated through dozens of IEPs throughout their school years. She regularly presents at disability-related conferences about Bookshare and accessible textbooks. 

Jonathan Whiting is the Director of Training and Evaluation at WebAIM, a highly respected non-profit web accessibility organization based at Utah State University. His main passion is helping others learn to make the web more accessible to people with disabilities. Jonathan is also currently involved in Project GOALS, a program to assist institutions of Higher Education in improving their accessibility system-wide. With a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and ten years of experience in the field of web accessibility, Jonathan has published dozens of articles, tutorials, and other instructional resources. He has traveled extensively to train thousands of web developers and other professionals who develop or maintain web content.

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