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The 3rd online, live Accessibility track for AccessU Conference

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Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts in for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the AccessU Summit 2015! 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, 2015 \\ 9AM to 4PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Web Accessibility Essentials Using WAI-ARIA and HTML5 9am CT

by Eric Eggert, Member of W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative

Using state-of-the-art web technologies can improve the accessibility of a website tremendously. This session will cover practical examples of accessible images, tables and forms and how using WAI-ARIA, HTML5, CSS and JavaScript improves their accessibility in certain cases.

In addition the talk will give a general overview of the resources that W3C has specifically for developers.

About Eric Eggert

Eric Eggert came in touch with the larger accessibility community in 2006 after moving to Vienna to study Media Informatics. Working as a freelancer for larger web agencies, he raised his creative problem solution skills. In 2010 he won the German Accessibility award in Gold with a project carried out by a small community in Essen/Germany. His two-person Web Design and Consulting agency ?outline? was co-founded in 2011. Projects included small projects like the website for a rock band to the major responsive redesign of an university in 2011. Since the end of 2013, he joined W3C?s Web Accessibility Initiative to help improve the web for everybody where he co-produces several deliverables, such as the Web Accessibility Tutorials and the Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List.


Scalable, Accessible, Enterprise-class Video on the Web 10am CT

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

HTML5's <video> element has made web-based video delivery a 1st class citizen, and now everyone is racing to use video. Are you (accessibility) ready?

From the re-purposing of TV commercials on your website, to complete VOD (Video on Demand) eLearning interactive webinars, we are seeing a huge increase in the use of streaming video across corporate, government and academic websites. But just as video content is multi-modal in its delivery of information (sight, sound, animation, etc.), so too is there a multitude of requirements to ensure that your enterprise is equipped with a scalable, accessible video solution.

In this presentation, we will look at all of the requirements your integrated enterprise video solution requires, from addressing issues of scalability, multiple-form-factors and bandwidth scenarios, to hardware and software requirements on the back end, and of course accessibility considerations.

Key topics include infrastructure requirements, production requirements, and a quick look at our crystal ball into the immediate and longer-range future.

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.


Integrating Accessibility into UX 11am CT

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

Integrating accessibility during the design phase of a project allows you to better include disabled users, increase usability and balance the needs of the business. Accessible UX sits around the principles of: people first, choice, control and value.

In this talk Henny will explore what the role and responsibilities of the User Experience professional, how this sits in a practical way with the rest of the product development lifecycle, how to include accessibility into wireframes and style guides and how this in turn influences user stories, usability testing, accessible prototyping, manual and automated testing, minimal viable products and more.

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.


Digital Accessibility Legal Update 1pm CT

by Lainey Feingold, Lawyer

What does the law say about digital accessibility (web and mobile)? We still don’t have web regulations in the U.S. for private companies or for state and local governments, but the U.S. Department of Justice has settled a significant number of cases requiring web and mobile accessibility for people with disabilities.

Other federal agencies are doing important web work too. We’ll explore those settlements and look at what courts courts are saying about the legal right to access digital content. We’ll speculate about the future of federal regulations and give a shout out to companies who voluntarily engage in Structured Negotiations with the disability community without a lawsuit to improve the usability of their digital content and we’ll look at those settlements too. This session will focus on U.S. legal developments, but will touch briefly on what's happening just over the border and around the world.

This session will review recent legal developments and talk about what we can expect the law to say about digital accessibility in the coming year.

We will also explore how legal actions begin. What makes a consumer, a student, or a member of the public go from frustrated to calling a lawyer? What can advocates do to ensure successful outcomes of legal strategies? What can entities that provide and develop digital content do to avoid legal action?

About Lainey Feingold

Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer in Berkeley California who has long worked with the blind community on information and technology (including web and mobile) access issues.

Using the dispute resolution process known as Structured Negotiations, she has negotiated digital accessibility agreements with many large U.S. commercial entities, including Major League Baseball, Charles Schwab, WellPoint (Anthem Blue Cross), Bank of America, CVS Pharmacy, and Weight Watchers. No lawsuits were filed against any of these companies. More information is available at http://lflegal.com/.

Lainey has twice been recognized as a California Lawyer of the Year for her work and is currently writing a book about Structured Negotiations.


Accessibility & Rapid Development for Mobile-Cloud 2pm CT

by Susann Keohane, Accessibility Lead Consultant
and Mary Jo Mueller, Accessibility Standards Program Manager at IBM Research

Rapid application development processes need to include accessibility enablement. Accessibility is about empowering a wider audience of people who interact with technology. Are you stuck in a waterfall process, moving to agile, or implementing continuous delivery and not sure where accessibility fits in?

We will share industry insight and guidance to help you integrate accessibility into the design and software development process. The framework used to structure, plan and control the process of developing technology can be a sequential design process commonly referred to as the waterfall approach, an agile approach with shorter development sprints or a more rapid continuous deployment approach.

For each of these software development methodologies, we recognize the importance of integrating accessibility into the development process and explore the best ways to deliver the most accessible, reliable software releases through design, build, test, and deployment automation.

About Susann Keohane

Susann Keohane is an accessibility technical consultant for IBM Research Ability Lab. Her primary role is to help drive the accessibility standards into IBM corporate policy and provide guidance for IBM development teams to meet current and upcoming accessibility standards. She is an accessibility expert in the areas of software UI, documentation, cloud computing and mobile accessibility.

She received a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Florida and earned a MS in Software Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.


About Mary Jo Mueller

Mary Jo Mueller is the IBM Accessibility Standards Program Manager and is in IBM Research. Her primary role is to monitor and influence the development of worldwide accessibility standards and government policies and regulations. In addition, she is an accessibility expert with over 15 years experience in the areas of software UI design and development for meeting the user needs of people with disabilities. She is a member of the following W3C standards groups: Protocols and Formats Working Group, WCAG Working Group, Cognitive Task Force, and the Evaluation Methodology Task Force. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University.


Adaptive Images in Responsive Design 3pm CT

by Christopher Schmitt, Author of CSS Cookbook & HTML5 Cookbook

Smartphones and tablets not only contain more computing power and better browsers than the computers that started the Internet economy. They also have better displays, which demands more of us when we use images. This session will work through tips and tricks to develop future friendly images in our sites and apps.

About Christopher Schmitt

The founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm, Christopher Schmitt is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993.

As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs.

He is Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) in addition to being a contributing member of its Education Task Force.

Author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites and CSS Cookbook, Christopher has also written for MSDN, .net Magazine, New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference.


About the AccessU Summit 2015

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.

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!
★ Free Recordings

Can't make it the day of the conference? Recordings are part of registration, so you can watch the recordings whenever you want!

Within five business days after the event, we email you information on how to view recorded sessions.

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

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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!

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