ASU GAAD 2020 Schedule

  Faculty Track Designer/Developer Track Hybrid Track
9:00AM - 9:15AM Welcome
9:15AM - 10:00AM Ally in Canvas Web Accessiiblity for Coders Presentations For All: Best Practices for Accessible Presentations
10:15AM - 11:00AM Second Language Learning With Learning Disabilities - Challenges and Opportunities How to Use Siteimprove What Does It Mean When We Are Told A Webpage Is Not Accessible?
11:15AM - 12:00PM Making Documents Accessible With Microsoft Word Designing and Developing Accessible Web Content IT Accessibility Laws and Standards
12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch Break
1:00PM - 1:45PM Accessibility & MediaAMP: Delivering Accessible Content How to Test for Web Accessibility Creating and Checking PDFs for Accessibility
2:00PM - 2:45PM Open Discussion/Q&A

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Session Details

9:00AM - 9:15AM


Presented by: Adero Allison


Faculty Track

9:15AM - 10:00AM

Ally in Canvas

Presented by: Adero Allison and Mary Loder

Join Adero Allison, Assistant Director of the Disability Resource Center of ASU, and Mary Loder, Instructional Design Specialist for ASU Online, for a presentation on leveraging Ally in course design to ensure your course content is accessible. Learn quick tips on accessible design and uncover your Ally in Canvas.

10:15AM - 11:00AM

Second Language Learning With Learning Disabilities - Challenges and Opportunities

Presented by: Sara Lee

Language learning is fun, challenging, and an essential life skill in our global world. Language Learning also requires a lot of interactive communication, focus, and memorization skills. Does this mean that learners with learning disabilities cannot be successful language learners? Not at all! With the right support, flexible teaching methodology, and a strong focus on proficiency, any learner can be a successful language learner. Come join me to find out how.

11:15AM - 12:00PM

Making Documents Accessible With Microsoft Word

Presented by: Julie Allen

Do you know how to make your documents accessible to people who use assistive technologies? Did you know that making your materials accessible often improves the design for all of your students? Join us as we discuss pertinent Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and how to meet them using Microsoft Word and Google Docs.

1:00PM - 1:45PM

Accessibility & MediaAMP: Delivering Accessible Content

Presented by: Joshua Sipahigil

Learn the ins and outs of managing and delivering highly accessible media content via MediaAMP - ASU's digital asset management and delivery platform. After this presentation attendees can expect to be able to: 1) Describe what MediaAMP is and how it is commonly used at ASU 2) Use MediaAMP to upload, manage, and share content 3) Describe and use the different accessibility features available within MediaAMP 4) Identify ways in which an asset within MediaAMP could be made more accessible. If time allows, there will be an opportunity to practice using MediaAMP live during the session -- though not required, attendees are encouraged to plan to practice alongside the presenter on their own computer.


Designer/Developer Track

9:15AM - 10:00AM

Web Accessiblity for Coders

Presented by: Kathy Marks

Did you know over 11% of undergraduates have a reported disability? How do you ensure your code can be accessed by this population? This session will cover what front and backend developers' responsibilities are, how to test, where to find training and resources, and what devs need to know to create accessible sites and user interfaces at ASU.

10:15AM - 11:00AM

How to Use Siteimprove

Presented by: Sophia Johannesson and Keith Bundy

FInd out how Siteimprove can help you improve the accessibility of your site. Learn how to read Siteimprove.reports and work with the dashboards and data.

11:15AM - 12:00PM

Designing and Developing Accessible Web Content

Presented by: Victoria Polchinski

Color, typography, and spacing play essential roles in the accessibility of web content. This presentation will review the details of designing and developing accessible web content that will improve the user experience for all.

1:00PM - 1:45PM

How to Test for Web Accessibility

Presented by: David Davis

David will provide helpful tips and demonstrate useful accessibility tests you may conduct on your websites.


Hybrid Track

9:15AM - 10:00AM

Presentations For All: Best Practices for Accessible Presentations

Presented by: Karen Grondin and Shilo Patchin

This presentation will share ideas and techniques that you can use to improve the accessibility of your presentations. It will include examples of problems along with possible solutions and best practices. Attendees will learn tips on how to present to a diverse audience as well as how to construct a more accessible PowerPoint presentation. Much of what will be discussed related to PowerPoint can apply to a broad range of software.

10:15AM - 11:00AM

What Does It Mean When We Are Told A Webpage Is Not Accessible?

Presented by: Terri Hedgpeth
  • A brief explanation of the role that 508, WCAG 2.0, and the ADA guide accessibility of online content play in accessibility A11Y.
  • Identify the major assistive technologies and tools used to access a Windows OS, Mobile (Apple IOS and Android OS), for accessing and consuming online content.
  • Demonstrate basic keyboard access to navigate using a screen reader like JAWS.
  • Demonstrate tips and tricks that a screen reader uses for navigation of a website and/or app.
  • Identify what makes an HTML page or app accessible and what hinders that access.
  • What does it mean to have accessible controls for video players?
  • Explain the importance of adding subtitles, closed captioning, and audio description to videos.
11:15AM - 12:00PM

IT Accessibility Laws and Standards

Presented by: Carla Mahnke and Kathy Marks

Discover the laws and standards that shape our digital world today, how they came about, and where they may be headed. Learn about your legal obligations and what you must do to comply with law and policy.

1:00PM - 1:45PM

Creating and Checking PDFs for Accessibility

Presented by: Adero Allison and Julie Allen

Often we create PDFs for ease of inclusion in our emails, courses and presentations. In the past we have been advised to make attachments smaller but doing this with PDFs creates image files that may block access to many users. This session will teach you how to check your older PDFs for accessibility and how to create great PDFs for future classes.

2:00PM - 2:45PM

Open Discussion/Q&A


Meet our speakers

Julie Allen began her career as a journalist before transitioning to a role as a senior editor with the centralized instructional design team at a large online university. She quickly fell in love with the world of instructional design and hasn’t looked back since. She has held instructional design positions at a variety of institutions and organizations, and she is passionate about creating digital learning experiences that are rigorous, engaging, and meaningful to students. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in adult education and training.

Adero Allison, PhD, is the DRC Assistant Director leading the Alternative Media Team. She is also the Principal Consultant of TAplus (Transitioning Adults plus) and focuses on providing high-level coaching to non-neurotypical and neurotypical graduate students struggling with the transition from consumer of knowledge to producer of new knowledge. Dr. Allison has helped students navigate graduate school and organizations adopt and apply Universal Design in Learning principles.

David Davis is a quality assurance analyst at the University Technology Office. He tests and evaluates numerous ASU websites and mobile apps for optimal functionality, user experience, and accessibility compliance.

Karen Grondin is the Licensing and Copyright Librarian at Arizona State University Library. She has held a variety of positions in academic libraries with a focus on electronic resource management, licensing, copyright, and accessibility.

Terri Hedgpeth is the Director for Accessibility in the Student Services Technology Team. She guides policy development for accessibility standards at ASU. She also trains ASU web-dev and QA staff on how to conduct manual accessibility testing of student facing apps and equipment. As well as performing manual testing for accessibility herself, working with various departments in ASU’s Student Services, University Technology Office, ASU libraries, ASU Purchasing and app vendors to determine the level of accessibility of various student facing apps and fitness equipment that are being considered for purchase.

Sophia Johannesson - to come

Sara Lee is a German language Senior Lecturer at Arizona State University. She is a German native, holding an MA in teaching from the University of Dortmund, Germany, and an MA in German Studies from Michigan State University. Her master’s thesis focused on dyslexia in German and English. She worked previously as a dyslexia therapist in Germany and developed at the same time a program for German dyslexic children learning English.

Mary Loder is an instructional design specialist with ASU Online. She is also the co-founder of the Intelligibility Group, an accessibility consulting company for corporate training and educational technology companies. Mary has helped many instructors learn how to identify issues in their course design using Ally and hosts webinars through ASU Online on the topics of accessibility and universal design for learning.

Carla Mahnke has over 15 years of experience in Higher Education. She is currently the Interim Director at Arizona State University (ASU) in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion where she provides support and assistance with ADA accommodation requests and equal opportunity and diversity initiatives. Carla received her Doctor of Education and Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University, and her Master’s of Education from Northern Arizona University. Prior to joining the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Carla worked as a student advocate and student conduct administrator responding to Title VII and Title IX incidents.

Kathy Marks is the IT Accessibility Coordinator with the UTO at ASU. She helps develop ASU's web accessibility guidelines and standards, testing strategies, and educational and training efforts. She's worked in web development for over 20 years, 12 of them with ASU.

Shilo Patchin is a Shift Supervisor for the Downtown location of the Arizona State University Library. She is currently seeking a Master's of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona.

Victoria Polchinski began her career as a UI Engineer before transitioning into the UX Design field. She is currently a UX Designer at the University Technology Office where she works on ASU’s eAdvisor applications.

Joshua Sipahigil is the Digital Platform Coordinator for MediaAMP in the University Technology Office at ASU. His professional background spans both the production of media as well as the design and support of technology resources for the effective management and distribution of media to end-users. Born and raised in Indiana, Josh moved to Phoenix in 2012 to join the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts' online learning team as a Multimedia Specialist, later moving into the role of Web Application Developer with that same team. He joined UTO at the end of March in his current role. Despite his best efforts - and being away from Indiana for upwards of eight years now - he still can't get enough of that Hoosier home cooking whenever he visits.