Accessing Higher Ground Conference, Streaming Live at Nelson Poynter Library, November 14 – 16

Please join Distance Learning and Instructional Media Services at Nelson Poynter Library for the Accessing Higher Ground Annual Conference live virtual track November 14-16.

The Accessing Higher Ground Conference focuses on the implementation and benefits of Accessible Media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university setting. Topic areas cover legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance, accessible distance learning, and the creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources.

The following sessions will be streamed live. These sessions are open to all interested Faculty and Staff. Sessions will be real-time captioned.

To reserve your seat, please RSVP to Karla Kmetz at or 727-873-4474 with a list of sessions you will be attending.



Time Wednesday, Nov. 14 Room #
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Building an Accessibility Initiative: A Case Study from The University of Oklahoma, Rob Carr, The University of Oklahoma CCE-IT Digital Accessibility Center  POY 231
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Google Apps Accessibility, Greg Kraus, NC State University  POY 231
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Options for Accessible Distance Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, Michelle Swaney, pepnet 2  POY 218
2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Keynote Talk: Derek Featherstone  POY 218
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. IT Accessibility Policies and Practices in Higher Education: Research Findings, Terrill Thompson, University of Washington  POY 218
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. User Testing with People with Disabilities , Kathy Wahlbin, Interactive Accessibility  POY 218
Time Thursday, Nov. 15 Room #
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. iAccessibility – iPhones & iPads: Mobile Freedom for All, Paul Adam, Deque Systems, Inc.  POY 218
1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Video Captioning: Lessons Learned from a DIY Approach, Marla Roll, Colorado State University  POY 218
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Quick Start to Captioning, Tole Khesin, 3Play Media  POY 218
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Practical Strategies for Meeting Accessibility Laws in Higher Education, Ken Nakata, HiSoftware  POY 218
Time Friday, Nov. 16 Room #
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Media Accessibility: International Guidelines and the Development of Descriptive Video Standards, Robert Pearson, Accessible Media Inc (AMI)  POY 218
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. You Don’t Know Me, But I’m Here to Help – the Trials and Tribulations of Integrating an AT Position into Campus, Van Credle, Catholic University of America  POY 218
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. How to Use Automated Solutions to Improve Accessibility of College and U.Websites and SharePoint Workspaces, Ken Nakata, HiSoftware  POY 231
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Accessibility with WordPress, Joseph Dolson, Accessible Web Design  POY 231

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