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AccessU Summit 2017

AccessU Summit is a virtual conference on digital accessibility techniques and policies

May 18, 2017
Starts at 10 ET / 9 C, New session top of every hour
On your desktop or mobile device

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Participants receive live online training + video

Registration grants you access to the live event

Interaction with the instructor and fellow attendees

Deep dive sessions save time leveling up skills

Online conference means no travel hassle

Real time Q&A with responsive web design experts

Post-event video to watch whenever you want


Jeff Kline
Robert Jolley
Lainey Feingold
Glenda Sims
Dennis Lembree
Whitney Quesenbery

May 18, 2017

WCAG 2.1 and Silver (AG)

by Glenda Sims

10 AM ET / 9 AM CT

Are you staying on top of your accessibility game? Don’t be caught by surprise that a new version of WCAG is on the horizon.

WCAG 2.1 – The next “minor” version of WCAG is being drafted right now! The W3C has been researching user needs and writing proposed WCAG 2.1 success criteria to fill known gaps.

Silver – A parallel effort is also in motion to create a major revision of digital accessibility guidelines. The code name for this major revision is Silver.

Come to this session and learn how WCAG 2.0, 2.1, Silver, ATAG and UAAG relate to each other. Discover three areas of known gaps in WCAG 2.0. Dive in and look at a proposed WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion that is very likely to be approved. Dig in deeper to see what a proposed Success Criterion looks like that is still undergoing research, discussion and refinement. Last, but not least, we will look ahead and predict when WCAG 2.1 and Silver might be finalized.

A glimpse into the future of WCAG 2.1 and Silver will help you be a better accessibility expert today!

Implementing Accessibility Strategically

by Jeff Kline

11AM ET / 10 AM CT

While laws, regulations and standards for making IT accessible have been in effect for over a decade, adoption in both public and private sectors has been painfully slow.

One overarching inhibitor to IT accessibility that is rarely identified, even when an organization is relatively committed to make its products and services accessible, is that the organization itself is not enabled for addressing IT accessibility in all its dimensions.

When considering the accessibility of all of an organization’s IT including external products, services, and its complex internal IT environment, e-learning, etc., a comprehensive, holistic approach needed.

This session deals with IT Accessibility at a strategic level and will cover a number of topics key to a successful accessibility program:

  • Accessibility policy development process
  • Accessibility organizational structure
  • Program costs and funding models
  • Collaborative teams
  • Technical considerations
  • Setting priorities
  • Implementation frameworks and operating plans

Digital Accessibility Legal Update 2017

by Lainey Feingold

12 PM ET / 11 AM CT

What does the law say about web and mobile accessibility?

We still do not 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. In this session, we will:

  • Explore those settlements and look at what courts are saying about the legal right to access digital content.
  • Speculate about the future of federal regulations and give a shout out to companies who have voluntarily engaged in Structured Negotiation with the disability community without lawsuits to improve the usability of their digital content.
  • Consider the recent spate of demand letters and lawsuits about web access that some on social media are calling accessibility trolls.
  • Touch briefly on what’s happening in digital accessibility law just over the border and around the world.

PM-Led Accessibility: Level Up Yourself and Your Team

by Robert Jolly

1 PM ET / 12 pm CT

The Project Manager (PM) is responsible for ensuring all aspects of projects run smoothly, on-time, and meet numerous requirements.

Often, accessibility is a key project requirement that is overlooked or misunderstood. PMs can be the champions for accessibility their teams need.

In this session, Jolly will present a framework using real-world experiences to shepherd even the most stubborn team members into practicing their craft with accessibility in mind.

Writing Great Alt Text

by Whitney Quesenbery

3 PM ET / 2 PM CT

One of the simplest ways to make information more accessible is to add alternative text (alt text for short). It’s brief descriptions of images for users who can’t see them. But what to write? This is a deep dive into writing alt text that is usable and useful. You’ll learn how the right words can make images speak clearly.

Progressive Enhancement and Accessibility

by Dennis Lembree

4 PM ET / 3 PM CT

In this session, the meaning of Progressive Enhancement is explained and how it benefits Web users. The theoretical difference between Progressive Enhancement and “graceful degradation” is also discussed.

Examples of how Progressive Enhancement is implemented using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and ARIA are provided and explained. Learn how Progressive Enhancement may positively and may negatively affect accessibility. Attendees will be shown how to develop basic examples of accessible web content using Progressive Enhancement.

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How Does Attending
a Virtual Conference Work?


Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. If you don't receive your confirmation email right away, check your JUNK/SPAM filter and then, if it's not there, contact support. 


As the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message about two days before the event 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 enjoy the conference!

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 Requirements

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 the Adobe Connect's 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.

For smart phone or tablets, use Adobe Connect App on iOS or Android.

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