2017 Schedule

Accessible Learning Conference Schedule – Friday
Time Big Ten BC 103 AB 104 AB Riverside Michigamme
7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 9:15 Welcome Address

Dean Christopher P. Long and Kate Sonka

9:30 – 10:30 Breakout Sessions
Mobile Usability Testing

This presentation will cover mobile usability testing tools and considerations based on mobile UX research conducted at MSU Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Jennifer Ismirle

Accessible Live Streaming 101

This 15-minute presentation will cover best practices in the pre-production, production, and post-production of live video in order to craft an inclusive and accessible experience.

Alyssa Bradley

Rhetoric of Accessibility

To properly address building digital interfaces with accessibility in mind, we must first learn how to effectively communicate and address the benefits of accessible technology.

Anderson Day & Darrell Williams

Accessibility Audit Process

This session will provide a high-level overview of the audit process, documentation, practical processes, and data collection.

Ash Harris & Kim Hodges

From Theory to Reality: Implementing an Accelerated Five-Year Plan

The MSUCOM Office of Academic Programs accelerated their five-year plan to accommodate a student admitted halfway through Year 1! See how we made it happen.

John McDaniel & Alexander Seddon

The Good People – Futurizing the Human Experience through Inclusive Learning Design

This workshop will analogize excerpts from the ABC Show “the Good Doctor” with future thinking of new learning ecosystems.

Keesa V. Johnson

Improvising Accommodations in Performing Arts

This paper presents a case study demonstrating how accommodations for actors with disabilities in performing arts classes require flexibility and effective communication.

Kathryn Stahl & Deric McNish

Co-Creation of Museum Experiences for Individuals with Low or No Vision

The MSU Museum and Lansing ITEC 2020 Girls are creating 3D printed objects and audio to promote learning for individuals with low or no vision.

Max Evjen, Denice Blair & Kirk Riley

10:45 – 12:00 Keynote: Cognitive Diversity in Learning Environments

In the session you will be introduced to the diverse community of people with cognitive disabilities and their inclusive involvement in higher education settings.

Shea Tanis – The Coleman Institute

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch

Box lunches can be picked up in Big Ten BC. Stay tuned for birds of a feather room assignments.

1:15 – 2:15 Breakout Sessions
Using ABBYY FineReader to Create Accessible Library Collections

This presentation describes the detailed ABBYY FineReader workflow student accessibility interns created and currently use in document/collection remediation at the Michigan State University Libraries.

Emily Howard & Josie Foguth

The Role of Communications in Accessibility

Accessibility isn’t (and shouldn’t) be restricted to information technology. Communications professionals are well-placed to play an important role in an organization’s accessibility efforts.

Danielle Fowler and Heidi MacWan

Getting to Know the Accessibility Features in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Participants will be introduced to accessibility features in the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Resources will also be shared to assist with the creation of accessible PDFs.

LaTonya Motley

One-on-One Accessibility Consultations.

Short, 15-minute individual consultations on website or course material with accessibility student interns and accessibility professionals will be available to conference attendees. Stay tuned for sign up information.

Coordinating and Tracking Your Accessibility Remediation Efforts: a Simple and Powerful Method

This presentation will demonstrate a simple yet powerful method for coordinating the remediation of digital content for accessibility using free tools provided by MSU.

Chris Shaltry

Field-Based Accessibility in U.S. Geoscience Departments for Students with Mobility and Sensory Disabilities

In this qualitative study, geoscience departments reportedly offer accessible field-based opportunities for students with disabilities using modifications, accommodations, adaptations methods, or accessible options.

Ivan Carabajal & Christopher Atchison

2:45 – 3:30 Michigan State University
Office of Institutional Equity & Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives Sessions
Moving Beyond

A panel of students will share their perspective of moving beyond perceptions and expectations of others to discover their success in higher education and beyond.

Virginia Martz

Exploring Disability Bias and Microaggressions

This session with introduce the concepts of implicit bias and microaggressions with particular emphasis of the impact of both on persons with disabilities.

Paulette Granberry Russell

Facilitating Accessible Note Taking in the Classroom – Best Practices

Taking notes can be problematic for students with disabilities. Join us as we discuss how notetaking assistance and notetaking technology can provide students with disabilities equal access.

Leslie Johnson & Angela Sebald

Creating and Using Accessible Course Materials in STEM

Join us as we discuss the latest accessible learning tools, including technologies for
integrating students with vision, hearing and learning disabilities in STEM classes.

Stephen Blosser and Lina Wu

3:45 – 4:30 Ensuring Accessibility at MSU – The President’s Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (PACDI)

Round table discussion by current and former PACDI members discussing the Committee’s advisory role and impact on ensuring accessibility in programs and facilities on campus.

Moderated by Jessica Norris, Rountable members: Kay Granskog, Mo Gerhardt, & Julia Christensen

Universal Design – Supporting Accessibility through Flexibility

This session will introduce the principles of universal for design learning, and discuss how content and new technologies can impact students, and teaching & learning.

Nate Evans

Integrating Accessibility Into Design

This session will discuss how accessibility can be built directly into design and development, saving time and energy, while improving access and usability.

Sarah J. Swierenga & Graham L. Pierce

Accessible Learning Conference Schedule – Saturday
Time Big Ten BC 103 AB 104 AB Riverside Michigamme
8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 Greetings and Announcements
Kate Sonka
9:45 – 10:45 Plenary Panel: Software Lessons from the Incredibles

Join University of Michigan faculty and students as they share their experiences in working with children with cognitive and physical disabilities (the Incredibles) over the past decade. In Chesney’s course, students do a ‘mash-up’ of the latest, greatest technology (like skeletal tracking, augmented reality, drones) and disabilities (like cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, and muscular atrophy) to come up with software tools and apps that might be of some assistance to users.

Dave Chesney

11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Sessions
Accessibility Through Collaboration: Building Cross-Campus Ties

Panelists will detail how different collaborative models between colleges and central IT facilitate accessibility for course content.

Jeremy Van Hof, James Bender & Lydia Merritt

Accessibility Best Practices Across An Organization

Your institution faces the challenge of maintaining accessibility standards throughout your website. Strategies and governance for implementing and maintaining compliance.

Ash Harris & Kim Hodges

Essential Tools for Manual Accessibility Evaluation

You need the right tools to evaluate WCAG 2.0 AA compliance; learn about the ones you’ll need and how to use them!

Graham Pierce

Disability and the College Experience

A presentation on the experience of students with disabilities in and out of the classroom.

Katie Musial

Decoding Discrimination: Learning What Accessibility Means Through Human-Centered Research Methods

Strategies for teaching accessibility in an interdisciplinary course from the perspectives of the co-instructors and a student who researched assistive technologies and awareness on campus.

Celeste Sharpe, Janell Rothenberg and Katherine Jackson

How to Use and Interpret WCAG 2.0

Using and interpreting WCAG 2.0 AA documentation can be difficult at first. This presentation shows how these documents were designed and how to effectively use them.

Brian Flynn, Phillip Deaton and Mack George

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch

Box lunches can be picked up in Big Ten BC. Stay tuned for birds of a feather room assignments.

1:15 – 4:00 Resource Fair/ Poster Session
1:15 – 2:15 Breakout Sessions
Taking a Close Look at Tone Perfect, a Mandarin Chinese Audio Database, Through the Lens of Accessible Learning in Second Language Studies

This presentation focuses on a multimodal approach to optimizing accessible learning in second language acquisition, specifically for Mandarin tone learning, mediated by an interactive database.

Catherine Ryu

Everyday Accessibility: WCAG in the Real World

Showcasing real-life challenges with practical, detailed solutions, presenters will explore today’s web accessibility landscape by revealing the why, when, and how.

John Addis and Irfan Mir

Microphones & Accessibility – Sitting in a Tree

Ever had a presenter say “Do I need this microphone?” Let us explain why you do and share tips on how to best use it.

Dave Goodrich & Rashad Muhammad

One-on-One Accessibility Consultations.

Short, 15-minute individual consultations on website or course material with accessibility student interns and accessibility professionals will be available to conference attendees. Stay tuned for sign up information.

One Program’s Initiative to Move Towards Holistically Accessible Learning at MSU

The Bailey Scholars Program discusses their efforts to critically re-envision the Bailey academic experience so that it is more holistically accessible for students and staff.

Anali Ramos,
Madeline Shellgren, Dustin Petty & Jeno Rivera

Selecting Accessible Tools for Teaching & Learning

Learn how to select accessible tools for teaching & learning, consider the impacts on you and your students, and discuss best practices to speed up procurement.

Nate Evans & Scott Schopieray

2:30 – 3:30 Breakout Sessions
Tips for Website Usability Testing with Individuals with Disabilities

Want to get design feedback on your website or technology from persons with disabilities? Learn best practices for including diverse users in your design projects.

Sarah J Swierenga & Jennifer Ismirle

Biodiversity and Linguistic Diversity are the Norm: Toward a More Universally Accessible Composition Classroom

I argue that a pedagogy cannot be considered feminist or universally accessible if it doesn’t engage with concepts of translingualism and disability.

Storm Pilloff

Accessibility for Google Drive: A Closer Look at Add-ons

Are you taking full advantage of all that Google Drive has to offer? Learn about some Add-ons that can be used as assistive technology supports.

Julia VanderMolen

Remodeling and Renegotiating Accessibility as Inherently Queer

An overlooked component of accessibility is the inclusion of queer practices. We ask participants to engage in activities featuring both accessible practices and queer pedagogies.

Autumn Laws & Madeline Shellgren

Accessible Videos: Planning Ahead Pays Off!

Speakers from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University will discuss challenges, opportunities, costs vs. benefits and best practices for creating accessible videos.

Geraud Plantegenest & Amy Nienhouse