Category Archives: accessibility

Oct 7: How to make PDF documents accessible

Presenter Cornelius Chopin will demonstrate how to make key elements of a PDF document accessible using Adobe Acrobat Pro. These elements include:
  • Headings
  • Lists
  • Images
  • Tables
  • Links

About the Presenter

Cornelius Chopin is an Accessibility Specialist at Texas Health and Human Services. He received an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) title in Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver and teaches at night at several schools including the Art Institute of Austin. He completed his Master degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies (ISLT) from the Missouri University in December 2012 with emphasis on E-learning and Mobile Application development.

When/Where

Date: Friday Oct 7, 2016 (first Friday)
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100 (in the Wells Fargo building, across the street from the bus stop on E. Highland Mall Blvd). Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

June 10, 2016 – Modern Accessibility Techniques using HTML5 and WAI-ARIA

Presented by: Hiram Kuykendall, CTO, Microassist on behalf of OpenAIR

Technologies making web experiences perceivable and usable for people with vision, hearing, mobility and cognitive challenges has quietly advanced. While tools such as Dreamweaver facilitate the use of these modern techniques, the recipe for creating accessible experiences is not readily apparent. In this session, we will review a few of the key accessibility features of HTML5 and the Web Accessibility Initiative – Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA).

Target Audience: Web Developer – Knowledge of Basic HTML

What You Should Bring: Laptop, Screen Reader, Headphones (See below)

Outline:

  1. Why Should You Care: Industry Outlook
  2. What is the Measure of Success: WCAG 2.0
    1. WCAG Basics
    2. 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value
  3. Landmarks
    1. HTML5 / ARIA Markup
      • Usage Rules
      • Labeling: aria-label, aria-labelledby
      • Skip Link – Where Visual and Mobility Meet
    2. Quick Check Tools
    3. Working Through the Examples
    4. Navigation Design Plan Exercise
  4. Menu (Time Permitting)
    1. WCAG Pattern
    2. Fixing the Black Box
    3. Examples: Bad, Good

To take full advantage of the session, we recommend bringing a laptop with the following installed:

  1. Screen Reader
    • Windows – NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) screen reader
    • Mac – Just use native VoiceOver.
  2. Chrome Browser

About the Presenter

Hiram Kuykendall, CTO, MicroAssist, has over 20 years of development experience on a wide variety of development platforms and also serves as a leader in the E-Learning industry. Accessibility is a passion for Hiram and he openly shares his knowledge with the development community. Hiram served as the training chair for the Knowbility 2012 Open AIR  contest and can be heard hosting the Knowbility AccessU channel on iTunes.

For a video on the basics of building accessible web sites, watch the recorded June 2016 presentation.

Date: Friday June 10, 2016
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center (300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100) turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

July 11, 2014 How to Make Accessible Web Sites with Adobe Edge Animate

Unlike Flash that outputs to a proprietary format (*.swf), Adobe Edge Animate creates content that you can make more accessible using standard web technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery/JavaScript. Learn how to get an “edge” in creating an accessible web site using today’s technologies.

About the Presenter

Cornelius Chopin is currently an Accessibility Specialist at the Texas Department for Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). He received an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) title in Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver and teaches at night at several schools including the Art Institute of Austin. He completed his Master degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies (ISLT) from the Missouri University in December 2012 with emphasis on E-learning and Mobile Application development.

Date: Friday July 11, 2014
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100 (in the Wells Fargo building, across the street from the bus stop on E. Highland Mall Blvd). Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

 

 

 

March 14: Creating Accessible PDF documents

Learn to create accessible forms using Adobe Acrobat Professional. This class covers creating a “fillable” PDF form from a Microsoft Word Form. You will also learn how to FIX items on the front end to PREVENT problems on the back end, a phase I have coined, “Comprehensive mitigation prevent excessive remediation.”

About the Presenter:

Cornelius Chopin is currently an Accessibility Specialist at the Texas Department for Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). He received an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) title in Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver and teaches at night at several schools including the Art Institute of Austin. He completed his Master degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies (ISLT) from the Missouri University in December 2012 with emphasis on E-learning and Mobile Application development.

Date: Friday March 14, 2014
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100. Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

 

January 10, 2014: Working with Acrobat Pro XI

Interested in learning what Adobe Acrobat Pro XI can do? Learn how to

  • Create PDFs – multiple ways (from another document, combining multiple files into one PDF or portfolio, and more)
  • Edit or add text or images and headers/footers
  • Add and comments as part of a review
  • Check for and improve document accessibility
  • Create interactive (fillable) forms that can be saved in the free Acrobat Reader using Acrobat Pro and FormCentral
  • Redact text
  • Create a secure PDF

About the Presenter:

Donna Blumberg has used Acrobat Pro to create fillable forms that can be uploaded to the web, accessible documents and more. She builds web sites and teaches classes in Microsoft Office and several Adobe products, including Acrobat.

Date: Friday January 10, 2014
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100. Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

Strategies for Accessibility Testing – March 8, 2013

The February presentation was canceled due to a power blackout; the presenter graciously agreed to return for the March meeting.

One of the keys to producing an accessible web site is understanding the needs of your audience and team members. In this interactive discussion, we will start by targeting some of the needs of people who have vision, mobility, hearing and / or cognitive challenges. We will then contrast two testing techniques. And finally, we will match the testing technique to each position on the development and maintenance teams.

Agenda:

Four Categories of Accessibility (Plus One)

  • Syntax Check VS. Accessibility Review
  • Demonstration of Syntax Check
  • Demonstration of Accessibility Review
  • Accessibility Testing for Web Development and Maintenance Teams
  • Cool New Accessibility Coding Techniques (Time Permitting)

About the Presenter
Hiram Kuykendall, CTO, MicroAssist, has over 20 years of development experience on a wide variety of development platforms and also serves as a leader in the E-Learning industry. Accessibility is a passion for Hiram and he openly shares his knowledge with the development community. Most recently, Hiram served as the training chair for the Knowbility 2012 Open AIR  contest and can be heard hosting the Knowbility AccessU channel on iTunes.

For a video on the basics of building accessible web sites, watch the recorded October 2012 presentation.

Date: Friday March 8, 2012
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center (300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100) turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event