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The 2nd annual online, live accessibility conference

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Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts in Accessibility for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the Accessibility Summit! Bring the experts to your desktop September 27th from 9AM to 6PM (CT).

Don't miss this great event and purchase your tickets now!

September 27, 2011 \\ 9AM to 6PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

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Color for the Colorblind 9am CT

by David Berman, Strategic Consultant

Accessibility is making headlines in Canada.

The Province of Ontario is putting the finishing touches on its new regulations that will make Web accessibility the law for most businesses and organizations in the province, starting in 2012.

David has worked closely with Canada's federal government when they led the world with their accessibility policy.

Now the federal court decision on blind activist Donna Jodhan's case has triggered an appeal.

And this year's uprising in Egypt has just possibly convinced us that Web access is a human right.

Most adults suffer at some point from disabilities or difficulties that can be mitigated with accessible technologies.

Through this session, David shares how:

  • gainining an understanding of why accessibility is good business,
  • recognizing that most technologies we enjoy every day stem from assistive technologies,
  • and, perhaps, a whole new attitude towards how technology can improve lives.

About David Berman

David B. Berman is a strategic consultant with over 25 years of experience in graphic, interface, and accessibility design. He has traveled to twenty countries as an expert speaker, serves as the Ethics Chair for graphic design in Canada, and as a vice president of Icograda, the world body for graphic design.

He is the author of Do Good Design: How Designers Can Change the World.

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The Inexactness of Web Accessibility 10am CT

by Jared Smith, Accessibility Trainer for WebAIM

Much of web accessibility is an exact science. But much lives of it is ethereal and inexact.

While guidelines intend to provide distinct measures of accessibility, in practicality, there is much wiggle room, interpretation, and subjectivity to what constitutes optimal accessibility.

This session will explain the very common areas where accessibility and guidelines are often confusing and inexact, how to best address these issues, and why focusing on the user experience and common sense is always the best approach.

About Jared Smith

Jared Smith, M.S., is Director of Education Initiatives and an instructional designer, Web developer, and accessibility trainer for WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind), a project at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. He specializes in training Web developers, IT professionals, and educators in Web accessibility principles and techniques. He has developed accessible course content, Web multimedia, distance education tools, and database-driven Web sites.

Besides providing accessibility training as part of the WebAIM team, he also teaches courses in Macromedia Flash and multimedia development in the Instructional Technology Dept. at Utah State University. He has written a broad range of documents, tutorials, articles, and other materials, many of which are featured on the WebAIM site.

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Accessibility & HTML5 11am CT

by John Foliot, Co-chair of W3C Accessibility of HTML5 Media Elements

One of the stated goals of HTML5 is to make it easier for authors to create accessible web content with a minimum of trouble.

By employing Universal Design concepts, the next generation of web technologies and content will be more accessible to end users, yet easier to author and implement. But are we there yet?

HTML5 introduces a number of new elements & attributes, form controls and other new features that will be of benefit to all users, including those with various disabilities.

Yet there remains much controversy and discord over aspects of HTML5 and accessibility, leaving many content authors confused, frustrated and unsure exactly what they should be doing to ensure accessible content.

We'll review the goals, the tools, the support (or lack of) and practical solutions that you should be using today, and what we can expect as we continue to move forward.

About John Foliot

John Foliot currently runs the Stanford Online Accessibility Program where I offer guidance and solutions on how to achieve on-line accessibility to content producers on campus.

He also actively involved with the W3C - the international internet standards body - where I currently co-chair a subcommittee on the accessibility of media elements in HTML5.

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Screenreaders, ARIA & HTML5 12pm CT

by Jason Kiss, Accessibility Consultant and Researcher

There are some real accessibility benefits to using HTML5 and WAI-ARIA. At the same time, support for these technologies, while constantly improving, still varies quite dramatically. This is particularly the case where screen readers are concerned.

Understanding how different screen readers handle HTML5 and WAI-ARIA is important to making an informed decision about their use.

Based on research performed in 2010 and again in 2011, this session will review the good, the bad, and in some cases ugly, behaviour of current screen reader and browser combinations when dealing with HTML5's basic section elements and related WAI-ARIA document and landmark roles.

About Jason Kiss

Jason is a web accessibility consultant and researcher.

He is currently employed by the New Zealand Government where he advises on the implementation of the NZ Government Web Standards, and works to promote accessibility and best practice in government websites.

In his spare time, Jason writes on accessibility issues at accessibleculture.org, occasionally speaks on related topics, and volunteers on various web projects. Thanks to the Internets, he has learned to like cats.

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Captioning Strategy 2pm CT

by Glenda Sims, Senior Accessibility Consultant at Deque

What is captioning? What are state, federal, international requirements for captions? How can I do captioning on a shoestring?

This session is a crash course on legal requirements and strategies for captioning video. Glenda will also share best practices, resources, and tips to help you produce and publish online videos that reach your target audiences without excluding anyone.

About Glenda Sims

Glenda Sims is senior accessibility consultant at Deque sharing her expertise and passion for the open web with government, education and companies that range from small business to Fortune 500.

Glenda is an advisor and co-founder of AIR-University (Accessibility Internet Rally) and AccessU. She serves as an accessibility consultant, judge and trainer for Knowbility, whose mission is to support the independence of children and adults with disabilities by promoting the use and improving the availability of accessibility information technology ? barrier free IT.

She spent over a decade as a Web Analyst at the University of Texas at Austin. As a member of Team Web, Glenda helped support the central web site for the University. She was an accessibility expert and web standards evangelist at UT along with her mentor and hero Dr. John Slatin.

She recently co-authored the book InterACT with Web Standards: A holistic approach to Web Design. She gives back to the web by volunteering on the Web Standards InterAct Project and the W3C Open Web Education Alliance.

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Integrating Accessibility Across Devices 3pm CT

by Henny Swan, Inclusive Design and Accessibility Consultant for the Web

As mobile becomes the norm rather than the exception, the need for making content both portable and accessible cannot be ignored.

The problem, however, is knowing where to start.

This session covers who benefits from accessible content, what devices to support, what guidelines are available and how to integrate accessibility into project life cycles.

Henny's task-based approach to integrated accessibility gives a practical overview of how developers, designers, content editors, interaction designers and testers can work together.

Introducing the core principles that underpin accessible and portable content, Henny looks at graded mobile browser support, guidelines and test plans.

Somewhere along the way she hopes to show you how one, central strategy can work across multiple development teams minimalising repetition of tasks while producing accessible and usable mobile content.

About Henny Swan

A major area of interest for Henny is web standards in general and how internationalisation and mobile access complement web accessibility. Having started out working for a search engine in China in the late 90's she then went to work for UK charity RNIB as a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant. Now Henny is a Web Evangelist for Opera promoting web standards and one web everywhere.

Henny is an active member of the Web Accessibility Initiative Education and Outreach Working Group as well as joint lead of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) International Liaison Working Group (ILG). She speaks at various international conferences and contributes to the Opera Developer Network and blog as well as her own blog iheni, which looks at accessibility, internationalisation and mobile access.

Outside of work Henny kick boxes, subjects people to her Chinese cooking, as well as hangs out in Second Life. She also raises funds to buy equipment for a 4 your old friend of hers called Sam who was paralysed in a car accident at Stuff4Sam.

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Watch Your Language 4pm CT

by Matt May, Accessibility Evangelist at Adobe

How many times have you heard that this is "accessible," or that is "inaccessible?"

The words we use define not only our work and our outcomes, but also the perceptions of others about the field of accessibility.

About Matt May

Matt May is a developer, technologist, and accessibility advocate who is responsible for working internally and externally with Adobe product teams and customers to address accessibility in Adobe products, ensure interoperability with assistive technologies, and make customers aware of the many accessibility features that already exist in Adobe products.

Prior to joining Adobe, Matt worked for W3C/WAI on many of the core standards in web accessibility, led the Web Standards Project's Accessibility Task Force, helped to architect one of the first online grocery sites, HomeGrocer.com, and co-founded Blue Flavor, a respected web and mobile design consultancy.

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Everything I Know about Accessibility I Learned from Star Wars 5pm CT

by Derek Featherstone, Accessibility Specialist

From young Padawan to Jedi Master, use the Force to help you build accessible web sites and applications.

About Derek Featherstone

Engaging, surprising, and inspiring, Derek Featherstone has a gift for taking a fresh look at virtually every aspect of web development and teaching it in a way that renews our passion for making the web better for everyone. Featherstone is an internationally-??known authority on accessibility and web development, and a respected technical trainer, and author.

Creator of in-depth courses on HTML, CSS, DOM Scripting, and Web 2.0 applications, his approach never fails to champion the cause of web standards and universal accessibility. As founder of Furtherahead, he has been an in-demand consultant to government agencies, educational institutions and private sector companies since 1999. His wealth of experience and insight enables him to provide audiences with immediately applicable, brilliantly simple approaches to everyday challenges in website design.

He serves on the Accessibility and DOM Scripting Task Forces of the Web Standards Project, and comments on a variety of subjects at the popular boxofchocolates.ca.


speakers from:

many fine organizations and companies

About the Accessibility Summit

With flexible content delivery and adaptable applications, the truly Accessible Web is available to everyone all the time, regardless of ability. Spend some time with the Accessibility experts and find the inspiration and practical knowledge you need to make your Web presence truly universal.

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Why attend the online conference?
  • Attending a conference online means no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead in the office or with family, friends!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!
  • Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want!
Testimonials from
This conference was a load of fun. I loved the instant feedback from the speakers and the atmosphere.

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John-David Dalton
Web Application Developer
& Web Performance Summit Attendee

I love these online conferences. It's convenient and you can still learn a lot from the comfort of your home or at work.

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Candi Ligutan
5by5.tv Producer

An absolutely fantastic event. Well done—will definitely be back for more!

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Russ Weakley
Chair of Web Standards Group
& CSS Summit Attendee

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Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. Later on, as the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message, with the full schedule and other helpful information to help you take full advantage of your conference-going experience and plan your day.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you'll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example) and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

Still have questions? Drop us a line or contact us at e4h@heatvision.com if there's anything else you'd like to know.