Global Accessibility Awareness Day Baltimore

May 24, 2016
4:30-7:30 PM
Towson University
7800 York Road Building at the corner of York Road and Cross Campus Drive

Baltimore GAAD is supported by Towson University's Department of Computer and Information Sciences and the Towson-Lutherville-Cockeysville Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland.

Agenda

The agenda for this years event is structured to allow attendees to come and go as their schedule requires. The first and last sessions will be ostensibly the same, so you need not attend both sessions unless the repetition will prove useful to you.

4:30-4:50 PM: Accessibility 101
Accessibility experts will provide attendees with a brief overview of IT accessibility including: core tenets, jargon, and useful resources.
4:50-5:35 PM: Finding and Fixing the Low Hanging Fruit: Accessibility Testing and Coding Examples
Rachel Olivero, director of organizational technology at the National Federation of the Blind, will provide a brief overview of how to identify and fix the low hanging fruit that often make a website inaccessible. Learn how to conduct an initial accessibility check of a website using automated tools and examine coding examples that remedy the common accessibility barriers. Bring your own device so that you can participate fully.
5:35-6:15 PM: Accessibility: The Lived Experience
People with disabilities will share their experience with both accessible and inaccessible technologies and the impact of accessibility in their everyday life.
6:15-6:50 PM: Accessibility, Deaf Users, and American Sign Language
Dr. Jody Cripps, Associate Professor in the Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, and Deaf Studies at Towson University, will discuss embedding ASL in websites to support Deaf users.
6:50-7:10 PM: Accessibility, Blind Users, and Video Description
Natalie Shaheen, a student in the instructional technology Ed.D. program at Towson University, will provide a brief overview of video description, which allows blind users to have full access to multimedia content. She will also share one free and easy to use video description tool.
7:10-7:30 PM: Accessibility 101
Accessibility experts will provide attendees with a brief overview of IT accessibility including: core tenets, jargon, and useful resources.

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Resources

The following sites were either mentioned at GAAD Baltimore directly, in passing, or not at all and are included here anyway because we like them. Let us know if you have other resource ideas.

Presentation Resources

Videos

Creating Accessible Images

General Resources

Web Accessibility Testing Tools

Local Organizations