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The 2nd online, live Accessibility track for AccessU Conference

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Knowbility and Environments for Humans bring together some of the Web's most notable experts in for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the AccessU Summit 2014! Bring the experts to your desktop May 12th from 9AM to 4PM (CT).

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

May 12, 2014 \\ 9AM to 4PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Mobile Accessibility 9am CT

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

Will be looking at who is affected by access issues on mobile platforms, barriers of access, devices and guidelines. Explore fundamental principles and concepts of making mobile websites, iOS and Android apps accessible and discover tools to evaluate and test mobile websites and apps.

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.


ARIA and Accessible Javascript 10am CT

by Becky Gibson, Sr. Technical Staff Member in IBM's Emerging Internet Technologies Group

Think accessible JavaScript is hard? Think again! With the right knowledge your JavaScript CAN be made accessible. This session covers a variety of development techniques and paradigms for creating progressively enhanced JavaScript functionality. Learn how to add event handlers via script, add keyboard support, detect windows high contrast mode, and more!

About Becky Gibson

Becky Gibson is a Senior Technical Staff Member in IBM's Emerging Internet Technologies Group with over twenty years of development experience in languages ranging from PC assembly, C, C++, Java, Objective-C and Web technologies. She is currently working with Readium.org helping to build accessible, open source EPUB readers. In addition she helps to evaluate accessibility for IBM acquisitions. Becky has worked on other open source projects including Apache Cordova/PhoneGap and the Dojo Javascript Toolkit. As the Accessibility Lead for the Dojo toolkit, Becky was responsible for leading the effort to implement full accessibility in the core UI widget set. She participated in the development of the W3C WAI-ARIA (Accessibile Rich Internet Applications) specification and was an contributor in the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group for several years.

Becky lives in Massachusetts with her two "Abby Normal" cats and enjoys photography and figure skating. She notes that figure skating is probably not the smartest hobby to take up in your forties!


Intro to Accessibility issues in PDF 11am CT

by Kirk Black, Document Remediation Specialist

Learn to convert MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents to PDFs that can be used by everyone and that comply with state and federal accessibility laws. After mastering the basic skills of PDF generation, you will learn how to evaluate a PDF document for accessibility.

About Kirk Black

Kirk Black is a disabled U.S. Army veteran who works for Knowbility as a Document Remediation Specialist. During his career in the service and then as a civilian, he was an expert overhaul and lead technician for rotary-winged aircraft. Kirk is extremely intelligent, diligent, and dedicated, and has proven himself to be a valuable member of Knowbility?s document remediation team. He is an expert in PDF accessibility and very proficient with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel accessibility. For more than four year's Kirk has been training and supporting the Knowbility team and is the primary instructor for PDF documents for Knowbility.


Accessibility Implementation Planning 1pm CT

by Sharron Rush, Executive Director of Knowbility

Web accessibility can be challenging, but planning resources are available - many of them for free - that make the challenges manageable and that can maximize the rewards.

About Sharron Rush

Sharron Rush is the co-founder and Executive Director of Knowbility, a leading authority on web accessibility since 1998. Ms. Rush developed Knowbility programs to raise web accessibility awareness and skills and has led the organization to national prominence.

Since 2007, she has served as an invited expert to the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the W3C. In 2009, she began as liaison from WAI to the e-Government Interest Group developing standards and best practices for using the Web to improve government accountability and transparency.

Ms. Rush has led Knowbility to recognition by the Clinton White House and the US Department of Labor for excellence in employment practices for people with disabilities. She has been invited twice to the West Wing to confer with Kareem Dale, President Obama?s Special Advisor on Disability Issues.

In 2000 she was named Community Tech Champion by the Congressional Black Caucus. Under her leadership Knowbility received a Peter F. Drucker Foundation award for Innovation in the service of people with disabilities. Ms. Rush is a ComputerWorld Laureate and an advisor to the SXSW Interactive Media Conference. In 2001, she was named one of the Top 25 Women of the Web.

In addition, Ms. Rush was instrumental in developing the ATSTAR online teachers? resource project in collaboration with the Austin Independent School District Special Education Department. In 2002, she received the Dewey Winburne Award for Community Service through Interactive Media. Ms. Rush has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is co-author, with Dr. John Slatin, of Maximum Accessibility a definitive web accessibility resource.


Accessible Media for the Web 2pm CT

by Terrill Thompson, Technology Accessibility Specialist at University of Washington

Browser support for HTML5 video is constantly evolving, including support for accessibility features. Consider this talk a snapshot of the current state of accessibility support as of May 2014.

About Terrill Thompson


Test Plans, Reporting, and Feedback 3pm CT

by Mike More, Accessibility Coordinator at Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

Introduction to the iterative testing and reporting process, covering the testing cycle from planning through conducting the tests and reporting the results to working with developers, managers, product vendors, and external contractors to understand and resolve any issues that were found.

About Mike More


About the AccessU Summit 2014

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.

A part of the AccessU Conference taking place deep in the heart of Texas.


Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want! They are sent in 5 business days after the event.

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.

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.

Candi Ligutan
5by5.tv Producer

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

Russ Weakley
Chair of Web Standards Group
& CSS Summit Attendee

Satisfaction Guaranteed 100%

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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 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.

Recordings! Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want! They are sent in 5 business days after 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.