Saturday, December 2nd

Accessible Learning Conference Schedule
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