Fall 2016 Tech Webinar Series

AHEAD’s Standing Committee on Technology, in partnership with its Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) and ATHEN, has once again designed a series of fall webinars designed to provide information for the disability resource office and the technology staff on your campuses. The titles this year are based on your requests for information most important to your daily work.

As always, you are welcome to listen to the webinars live and participate in the conversation through chat or phone line OR listen to a fully recorded and captioned Adobe Connect session whenever it’s convenient for you. Use the webinars as professional development for yourself and your staff or to develop knowledge and interest in accessibility with IT folks on your campus by listening with colleagues.

All AHEAD Technology Series webinars are scheduled on Tuesdays at 3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern Time.

Complete instructions for participating and presentation slides are sent via email prior to each webinar. All webinars are captioned in real-time, with audio supported via an operator-assisted phone line. Links to the recordings will be sent to registrants who make a request after each session. See upcoming fall webinar information below.

You can still register for fall 2016 webinars that have passed and receive a link to the full recordings. See those sessions described below

Fall 2016

Technologies to Improve the Note Taking Experience

November 29; 3:00-4:30 Eastern Time

Presenter: Robert Lee Beach, Assistive Technology Specialist and Shaun Pate, Alternate Media Specialist

Description: Student note-taking applications now offer a myriad of possibilities and solutions beyond the days of paper and multi-colored pens. Some note-taking solutions are designed for mobile devices, some are designed for traditional computer systems, and others are designed to be cross-platform. This presentation will explore several technology-based note-taking systems to consider for students who need note-taking support in the classroom environment.

Registration & Costs

Number of Fall Webinars Registered Member Non-Member
1 $140.00 $200.00
2 $245.00 $350.00
3 $294.00 $420.00
4 $343.00 $490.00


Register Here

Contact AHEAD at ahead@ahead.org or 704.947.7779 with any registration questions


Speaker Bios

Robert Beach has been the Assistive Technology Specialist at Kansas City Kansas Community College since January of 1994. He is a member of AHEAD and ATHEN. Robert currently serves on the ATHEN Executive Board as a Member at Large Representative and on the Advisory Council for the Assistive Technology for Kansans Project. He has presented sessions on assistive technologies and accessible formats at various regional and national conferences.

Jane Berliss-Vincent is the Assistive Technology Manager for the University of Michigan. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Knox Center Adaptive Technology Computer Site, where she provides information and demonstrations of hardware and software that facilitate computer use or help with academic activities such as reading, writing, and notetaking. She also participates on campus teams addressing accessibility for Google Apps, Canvas and other widely distributed programs. Previous roles include Campus/Library Access Specialist at the Trace R&D Center (Madison, WI) and project manager for outSPOKEN, the first GUI-based screen reader (Berkeley, CA). Jane is a 1986 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Information; at that time, she worked on the first computer accessibility implementations at the University. She is the author of Implementing Cost-Effective Assistive Computer Technology (Neal-Schuman, 2011) and Making the Library Accessible for All (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014), along with many journal articles and conference presentations.

Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D., is the Director of Accessible Technology Services (ATS) at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. She is also an Affiliate Professor in the College of Education. Within her ATS role she directs services that promote the development, procurement and use of technology at the UW that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Within this role she also founded and continues to direct the international DO-IT Center, where DO-IT stands for Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology. Since 1992 DO-IT has secured more than $5,000,000 from the National Science Foundation and other external sources to promote the success of individuals with disabilities in college and careers, with a particular focus on the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Karen McCall, M.Ed. is the owner of Karlen Communications. She has been working in the field of accessible document design for over 15 years and has written several books on creating and working with various document formats including Word, PowerPoint and PDF. She is currently working on the fourth edition of her book “Accessible and Usable PDF Documents: Techniques for Document Authors.” Karen is a Canadian delegate to the ISO PDF/UA committee, a Microsoft MVP for Word and a Microsoft Accessibility MVP. Her current activities include publishing the annual PDF and the User Experience Survey for people with disabilities using adaptive technology and advocating for a global inclusive education standard.

Shaun Pate has a Master’s degree in Education Technology from Pittsburg State University. While currently the Alternate Media Specialist at Cleveland University – Kansas City, his experience in the field of assistive technologies began in 2012 while employed at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He has presented conference sessions on topics of accessible documents and assistive technologies.

Previous Webinars

E-Learning Accessibility: What Does an Instructor Need to Know?

September 27; 3:00-4:30 Eastern Time

Presenters: Sheryl Burgstahler, DO-IT University of Washington

Description: Some online learning programs have faced legal challenges because of the inaccessibility of their courses to individuals with disabilities. But, what does it mean for a course to be “accessible”? What can be learned from legal challenges regarding e-learning accessibility. What are relevant laws? What are some strategies for making online courses compliant with legal mandates specifically, but also, more generally, welcoming to, accessible to and usable by all students, including those with disabilities, who wish to engage in online learning offerings,? This presentation will answer these questions, focusing on how increasing faculty knowledge can reduce the need for accommodations to be provided to individual students with disabilities.

Accessible Document Design Basics: Word, PowerPoint and Excel

October 18, 2016; 3:00-4:30 Eastern Time

Presenter: Karen McCall, Karlen Communications

Description: Ensuring that your Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents are optimized for accessibility does not have to be hard. You’ll find some answers to questions like “ how hard is it to add accessibility to my Word documents?” Is it difficult to make a PowerPoint presentation accessible? How can I leverage my PowerPoint into alternate format? And, how the heck do I make an Excel workbook and worksheet accessible?

Working with Vendors to Achieve Accessible Solutions

November 1, Tuesday 3:00-4:30; Eastern Time

Presenter: Jane Berliss-Vincent, Assistive Technology Manager, University of Michigan

Description: Current law puts the responsibility on postsecondary institutions to adopt accessible products rather than on vendors to make their products accessible. We will discuss strategies for working with vendors to achieve desired accessibility outcomes. A new resource has also been developed to support vendors on accessibility topics called the Vendor Guide to Web Accessibility, a project of the Big 10 Academic Alliance ITAG group to provide necessary information to the administrative decision makers within commercial companies.