Technology Accessibility Workshops

Summer 2018 Schedule


Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility

In this hands-on workshop participants will step through the process of manually evaluating their current website for accessibility.  Topics include:

  • Interpreting the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 A and AA)
  • Steps for manually checking accessibility
  • Brief introduction to screen readers
  • Page design considerations
  • Automated accessibility checkers
  • Captioning resources

Workshop dates:

  • Friday July 20th  9:00-12:00

Class will be held in 1-218 CST.  (feel free to bring a laptop along to participate hands-on, or just follow along as we demo the information)

Register for Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop.

Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat DC

This hands-on workshop covers the process of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat DC. At successful course completion participants will be able to:

Explain the importance of creating accessible documents.

Perform the steps necessary to create accessible Word and PDF documents including:

  • Utilize styles and alt text, descriptive links and simple tables when creating new documents
  • Add accessibility features to legacy Office and Acrobat documents to make them accessible
  • Utilize the Office accessibility checker
  • Convert Word documents to accessible PDFs
  • Utilize Adobe Acrobat DC’s accessibility checker

Please note: Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac now has the same accessibility features as the Windows version so we are no longer offering a separate workshop for Mac users.  All are welcome.

Dates and times: (held in 001 Steele Hall):

  • Thursday July 19th    1:00-4:00 – cancelled
  • Tuesday July 24th    9:00-12:00 – session is full

Register for Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat DC

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop.

Building Accessibility into Existing PDFs

This workshop will focus on incorporating accessibility features into existing PDF documents.  It is always better to build as much accessibility into the source document (.docx, .pptx or .indd) as possible before converting to PDF.  In situations where you don’t have the source document, you can build accessibility into an existing PDF using Adobe Acrobat DC.  Techniques include:

  • Converting an image/scanned PDF to real text
  • Tagging
  • Adding alt text to images
  • Creating headings and bookmarks
  • Adding table headers
  • Checking and correcting read order

Dates and times: 

  • Wednesday July 25th   9:00-12:00 – session is full
  • Tuesday June 31st   9:00-12:00 – session is full

Workshop will be held in 001 Steele Hall

Register for Building Accessibility into Existing PDFs

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop.

Video Captioning

This workshop is designed for anyone who manages, creates or maintains video content and is offered in two parts.

Part 1: Captioning basics and third party services

  • Audience considerations
  • Caption types and terminology
  • Cost and resource considerations for DIY vs. captioning vendors
  • Vendor comparisons

Part 2. DIY captioning (optional)

  • Hands-on experience with captioning tools (please bring ear buds or headphones)
  • Caption file formats
  • Captioning rules and quality control
  • Costs and resources

Dates and times: (held in 001 Steele)

  • Wednesday August 1st  1:00-4:00

All captioning workshops are held in Steele 001.

Register for Video Captioning

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop.

Creating and Delivering Accessible PowerPoint Presentations

This hands-on workshop is designed for anyone who creates presentation materials using Microsoft PowerPoint. It covers not only making the PowerPoint slide set accessible, but also accessibility considerations when presenting and distributing or posting presentation materials.

Major topics covered include:

  • Using slide layouts
  • Adding meaningful descriptions to images
  • Designing accessible PowerPoint templates
  • Creating handouts in multiple accessible formats
  • Tips for presenting to inclusive audiences
  • Creating alternate formats of PowerPoint files for posting on the web or distributing via email

Dates and times: (held in 001 Steele)

Register for Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop.

Creating Accessible Forms

This workshop will cover the basics of how to design forms for maximum accessibility.

Topics include:

  • What makes a form accessible
  • How to test keyboard navigation
  • Hands-on practice with the Adobe Acrobat DC Prepare Form Tool
  • Tips for various form types including: Frevvo, HTML, Qualtrics, WordPress
  • Using accessibility checkers for forms
  • Common form errors and techniques for remediating

Dates and times: (held in 001 Steele)

  • Thursday July 26th  1:00-4:00 – session has been cancelled

Register for Creating Accessible Forms

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop.

Creating Accessible Documents Using InDesign

This workshop will cover core InDesign accessibility concepts and specific best practices for document accessibility.  Attendees should have a working knowledge of InDesign prior to attending.

Topics covered include:

  • creating and mapping styles and tags
  • establishing read order
  • creating forms
  • conversion to PDF

Dates and times:

Register for Creating Accessible Documents Using InDesign

To request disability-related accommodations for this workshop, please contact the IT Accessibility Team by phone at 315-443-2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu.  Requests should be made at least a week prior to the workshop.

 


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