Schedule of Events

Day One - July 22, 2020


9:00 AM EST - 10:00 AM: Opening Plenary

Inclusive, by design: How we do the work matters

Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone

Chief Experience Officer, Level Access

Derek Featherstone is an internationally known speaker, practitioner, and authority on accessibility and inclusive design. He has been working on the web since 1999, when he left his career as a high school teacher to start his own web design company.

Derek is now the Chief Experience Officer at Level Access – focused on ensuring that accessibility and inclusion are an integral part of creating outstanding customer experiences. He teaches teams accessibility concepts and skills, and leads hands-on workshops with teams of all sizes. Working with Derek will help you analyze and improve your process, and incorporate accessibility and inclusive design processes into your UX and service design practice, and development methodologies.

Join Derek Featherstone's Opening Plenary

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM EST

Breakout Session Group A
Session Title Presenter Skill Level Participant Link
A1 Using Ally Gauges to Improve Content Accessibility Megan Wuebker Beginner Join Session A1
A2 Leveraging Digital Accessibility Data to Gain Buy-In Jessica Guess & Nakia Keathley Intermediate Join Session A2
A3 Adding and Managing Video Captions in YouTube Studio  Katheryn Lane Beginner Join Session A3
A4 UC’s Mobile App: Helping with Accessibility Jacquelyn Freiermuth Beginner Join Session A4

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Breakout Session: Group B
Session Title Presenter Skill Level Participant Link
B1 Using the Ally Course Accessibility Report Megan Wuebker Intermediate Join Session B1
B2 Adding and Managing Video Captions in Kaltura Katheryn Lane Intermediate Join Session B2
B3 Introducing Equidox for PDF Accessibility Mitch Jones Intermediate Join Session B3
B4 UC's Intranet and Accessibility Andrea Rahtz, Nicole Barker & Chris Toelke Roundtable Discussion Join Session B4
B5 Forms: What to use and How to Make it Accessible  Katie Lane & Jacquelyn Freiermuth Roundtable Discussion Join Session B5
B6 SEO and Accessibility Sam Green  Beginner Join Session B6

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST: Keynote

Debra Merchant

Debra Merchant

Vice President for Student Affairs

Debra S. Merchant, JD, Vice President for Student Affairs, is responsible for the development and implementation of university-wide programs designed to support the student experience outside of the classroom. As a member of the Provost’s senior leadership team, Merchant provides leadership toward student residential life, engagement, leadership, identity development, advocacy and multicultural programming. As the Senior Student Affairs Officer, Merchant is a member of the President's Cabinet, the Executive Oversight Committee for University Compliance, and the Athletics Advisory Committee. Merchant offers a unique perspective given her breadth of experience that includes UC’s number one priority – students. In her role, she collaborates with colleagues across the campus while continuing to advance the “students-first” philosophy.

Before coming to UC in 1998, Merchant held various professional positions providing advocacy for students with disabilities, organizational development and strategic planning. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Learning and Behavior Disorders from Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky, respectively. She is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky, College of Law. Prior to attending law school, Merchant was a special education teacher in a public elementary school.

Join Debra Merchant's Keynote

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Breakout Session: Group C
Session Title Presenter Skill Level Participant Link
C1 Creating Accessible Content in Canvas Megan Wuebker Beginner Join Session C1
C2 Advanced PDF Presentation Mitch Jones Advanced Join Session C2
C3 Accessibility for Web Developers  Malik Spencer & Noelle Bareswilt Advanced Join Session C3
C4 Advanced AEM Tips and Tricks  Katie Lane Intermediate Join Session C4
C5 Universal Design for Inclusive Learning Online Kimber Andrews Roundtable Discussion Join Session C5

Day Two - July 23, 2020


9:30 AM - 10:15 AM EST

Workshops A
Session Title Presenter Skill Level Participant Link
WA1 Accessibility Features in Apple Products Mike Suit Beginner Join Session WA1
WA2 Accessibility Features in Microsoft Office 365 Products Amanda Calvert Beginner Join Session WA2

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM EST

Workshops B
Session Title Presenter  Skill Level Participant Link
WB1 Accessibility Features in Google Products Mitch Jones Beginner Join Session WB1
WB2 Web: How to Avoid Common Accessibility Pitfalls Katie Lane & Noelle Bareswilt Beginner Join Session WB2

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Roundtable Discussions
Session Title Presenter Skill Level Participant Link
RT1 Accessibility of Virtual Events Katie Vance, Katheryn Lane, & Mitch Jones Beginner Join Session RT1
RT2 How to find efficiencies in accessibility reviews in the procurement process Amanda Calvert & Nakia Keathley Beginner Join Session RT2
RT3 Social Media and Accessibility Whitney White & Heidi Pettyjohn Beginner Join Session RT3

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Training Session
Session Title Presenter Skill Level Participant Link
TR1 Level Access Training Level Access & Noelle Bareswilt Beginner Join Session TR1

Event Topics

Accessibility for Web Developers

Learn the tools, techniques, and thinking process UCIT developers use to make web applications accessible. In this session we will upgrade a non-accessible system, illustrating the methods we use in real time.

Join Session C3

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Accessibility Features in Apple Products

In this workshop you will learn about accessibility features within some of Apple's top products.  You will learn what the features are, why the exist and how to use them.  The last fifteen minutes will include live demonstrations.

Join Session WA1

Accessibility Features in Google Products

In this workshop you will learn about accessibility features within some of Google's top products.  You will learn what the features are, why the exist and how to use them.  The last fifteen minutes will include live demonstrations.

Join Session WB1

Accessibility Features in Microsoft Office 365 Products

In this workshop you will learn about accessibility features within some of Microsoft's top products.  You will learn what the features are, why the exist and how to use them.  The last fifteen minutes will include live demonstrations.

Join Session WA2

Adding & Managing Video Captions in Kaltura

This session is a hands-on introduction to adding and managing mechanical captions for Kaltura videos. Participants must have video content uploaded to Kaltura and have ownership of the content to participate but may observe if not.

Join Session B2

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Adding & Managing Video Captions in YouTube Studio

This session is a hands-on introduction to adding and managing captions for YouTube videos using YouTube Studio. Participants must have video content uploaded to YouTube and have ownership of the content to do the hands-on portion, but may observe the session as well.

Join Session A3

Download presentation: Adding and Managing Video Captions in YouTube Studio

Advanced AEM Tips & Tricks

This session will help those with an established, basic understanding of the AEM environment learn high level tips and tricks for managing your site, including how to quickly scan new content for accessibility concerns, and review basic author content before publishing through automated alerts and workflows.

Join Session C4

Advanced PDF Presentation

Creating accessible PDFs is an advanced skill; this training will address the more common solutions to identifying PDF accessibility.

Join Session C2

Creating Accessible Content in Canvas

Beyond Ally, Canvas has many integrated accessibility features. This session will show how to use the Canvas features to improve course accessibility.

Join Session C1

Download presentation: Creating Accessible Content in Canvas

Introducing Equidox for PDF Accessibility

Equidox is a new tool available for UC staff and faculty, that allows you to more easily address accessibility issues in PDFs. This mini-training will introduce you to Equidox as a tool.

Join Session B3

Level Access Training

This 2 hour training session is open to all audiences but geared towards the University of Cincinnati's Apex users, web authors and site managers for Bearcat's Landing.  In this training you learn how to access and navigate within UC's latest accessibility tool, Level Access. 

Objectives for this training session are:

  • Understand basics of navigating  
  • Understand the types of testing
  • Understand how to navigate and digest reports
  • What are UC's top 10 issues
  • Best practices

Join Session TR1

Leveraging Digital Accessibility Data to Gain Buy-In

At UC we have the ability to report on a wide variety of accessibility data (website accessibility scores, academic course content accessibility scores, digital accessibility training data, and data about our disabled student population). This informative session will discuss how you can leverage the data to increase the use of accessible practices and advocate for the development of accessibility goals.

Join Session A2

Download presentation: Leveraging Digital Accessibility Data to Gain Buy-in

Roundtable Discussions

These sessions will be open discussions with a moderator.  Get together with other members of our community to discuss current topics within accessibility.

Roundtable discussion topics:

SEO and Accessibility

Get a basic understanding of search engine optimization (SEO) and learn how many of the best practices align with web accessibility best practices.

Join Session B6

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UC's Mobile App Helping with Accessibility

The UC Mobile App is being enhanced to help make our campus more accessible! Come learn about current features and those on the horizon.

Join Session A4

Download presentation: UC's Mobile App Helping with Accessibility

Using Ally Gauges to Improve Content Accessibility

Ally is a tool that integrates with Canvas and it provides feedback on the accessibility of your course files and guidance as to how to make them more accessible. In this session we will show how to use the gauges in Ally to improve the accessibility of uploaded content in Canvas.

Join Session A1

Download presentation: Using Ally Gauges to Improve Content Accessibility

Using the Ally Course Accessibility Report

This session will build on the Ally Gauges session, and show how to access the Ally Course Accessibility Report and use it to address accessibility issues in the course.

Join Session B1

Download presentation: Using the Ally Course Accessibility Report

Web: How to avoid common accessibility pitfalls 

Learn basic skills for avoiding common accessibility errors in web content (heading levels, link text, alt text descriptions). This information will be applicable for many web platforms and some social media tools, but will use AEM as the specific example.

Join Session WB2

Download presentation: Web: How to Avoid Common Accessibility Pitfalls