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ABLE Summit 2020 Workshops
Track 1: Special Student Success
10:45 am –11:30 am
Tools and Techniques to Deliver Education for People with Hearing Challenges
By Maya Lababidy and MAS (Medical Audiology Science) Students, MAS Programs AUB
01:30 pm – 02:15 pm
Making Math Accessible
By Patrick McGrath, Education Manager (EMEA), Texthelp
Target Audience: Student with Special Needs, Higher Education Institution, Educator, academician or researcher, Accessibility Expert, Technology Expert, Accessibility Advocate.
Description: In this session, we will identify the needs and challenges of making maths accessible in digital copy. For those with a wide variety of individual needs, to those who simply learn better using digital tools, we'll take a look at current best practice with making maths accessible. We'll take a close look at a tool called 'EquatIO' and see how it can help every student across maths and science explore and express maths with clarity in an accessible way, including maths to speech, screenreading, switch control, LaTeX, graphing, touch and dictation. EquatIO is used in Higher Ed and Secondary level the world over to achieve what has never before been possible - accessible maths that can be expressed in any way the studeent requires.
02:30 pm – 03:15 pm
Delivering Teaching and Learning for Mentally Challenged Students
By Hana Abukhadra Salem, Next Step Program, CEC AUB
Track 3: E-Accessibility
09:45 am –10:30 am
Let's Talk About the VPAT® and What Makes a Good ACR (Accessibility Conformance Report)
By Jeremy Seda, It Accessibility Coordinator, North Idaho College (NIC)
Target Audience: Higher Education Institution, Accessibility Expert, Technology Expert.
Description: One of the early steps of procuring accessible electronics and information technology is acquisition and evaluation of an accessibility conformance report (ACR). Though it may be possible for a vendor to author an ACR in entirety, most will start with the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT®, from the Information Technology Industry Council.
The goal of this presentation will be to help familiarize attendees with the structure of the VPAT®, how a vendor should be filling it out, and what to look for when you receive an ACR based off of the VPAT®. The main areas covered in this presentation include:
- What's the difference between a VPAT® and an ACR?
- Dos and don'ts with the VPAT®
- Tips for evaluating a vendor's ACR
- Example ACRs: the good, the bad and the ugly
10:45 am – 11:30 am
Microsoft Office Accessibility & Digital Inclusion
By Tarek El Bacha, Managing Director, Tablet Academy MENA - Microsoft Global in Education Training Partner
Target Audience: Student with Special Needs, Higher Education Institution, Government Body, NGO, Partner, Educator, academician or researcher, Academic Network, Specialized Organization, Employer, Accessibility Expert, Technology Expert, Industry Provider, Accessibility Advocate, Medical Expert.
Description: As community leaders, we have the power to change the work experience and lives of the 1 billion people in the world who are living with disabilities. Today, we already have the tools—like captioning, transcription and Immersive Reader—that make it possible to get work done more efficiently, simplify collaboration, and create pathways to building a successful and fulfilling career. The question is, how do we ensure companies and technologists around the world leverage these tools to make technology accessible to people of all abilities?
11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Making Curriculum and Library Content Accessible
By Adam Spencer, President, AbledDocs, Ca
Target Audience: Higher Education Institution, Government Body, NGO, Partner, Educator, academician or researcher, Academic Network, Specialized Organization, Employer.
Description: This session will foster discussion about how document accessibility require different approaches for different types of content. This will rely on the more than a decade of experience in assisting organizations of all sizes to meet their document accessibility goals.
Participants will leave with step by step planning for ensuring their documents are accessible today and as they move into the future.
01:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Delivering Better Outcomes for all students with Text to Speech
By Jamie Ball, Education Technology Strategist, Texthelp
Target Audience: Student with Special Needs, Higher Education Institution, Government Body, Educator, academician or researcher, Accessibility Expert, Technology Expert, Accessibility Advocate.
Description: The power of Text-to-speech software has changed lives and given students access to content across a whole range of individual needs. In this workshop, we'll explore the technologies available across every platform. We'll look at what the research says and provide strategies for using text to speech software to build better outcomes for students right across the education spectrum, in ways that are personal and bespoke to every student regardless of need. It's one of technologies that brings new opportunities to all - this workshop will explore new ways of working that helps with accessibility, opportunity and learning. The workshop is delivered by Texthelp - acknowledged leaders in text to speech learning strategies for over 20 years, serving over 30 million students.
02:30 pm – 03:15 pm
How To Make Your Class Accessible on MOODLE?
By Carol Bim, Business Development Manager, Read Speaker
Target Audience: Student with Special Needs, Higher Education Institution, Educator, academician or researcher, Academic Network, Accessibility Expert, Accessibility Advocate.
Description: This workshop will provide faculty members, educators and students with a glance at the different types of Assistive Technologies available to enhance Moodle accessibility which is necessary for some but beneficial for all, what they are, how do they work and who benefits from them and how do they impact teaching pedagogy. In the second part, we will have a hands-on activity to learn how to create accessible digital content to align with the use and ultimate benefit from these AT and meet with accessibility international standards.
Track 4: Independent Living
11:45 am – 12:40 pm
By Samer Sfeir, Director, ProAbled
Target Audience: HR professionals Recruitment Officers and Student Career & Placement services.
Description: ProAbled will provide a training session following international standards using interactive and simulation approach.
Overview on disabilities
Economical and HR benefits and being an inclusive company
Inclusive recruitment techniques for persons with disabilities (visual, hearing, mobility)
Tips and techniques to interact with persons with disabilities