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Accessibility A Major Topic at EDUCAUSE 2012

With a couple of months to go before the EDUCAUSE 2012 Annual Conference opens on November 6 in Denver, Colorado (and online), I wanted to highlight the large number of sessions focusing on technology accessibility for persons with disabilities. In addition to the sessions listed below, many others will touch on accessibility to some degree as the higher education IT community continues to expand its emphasis in this area. (For example, many presenters planning to talk about web design and development indicate that their sessions will include discussion of universal design principles.) However, in reviewing the abstracts for the following, I found that they have some aspect of accessibility for persons with disabilities as their core topic. If I missed any, though, please identify them by commenting on this post. I'd like to provide as thorough of a listing as I can to help EDUCAUSE 2012 attendees find the accessibility sessions that meet their needs and those of their campuses.

(Note: EDUCAUSE will provide captioning for all 63 webcasts of EDUCAUSE 2012 sessions. Prior to October 1, 2012, captioning can be requested for any of the 25+ exclusive online sessions. After October 1, a session transcript can be made available on request. Please see the registration form to request one of these options.)


Preconference Seminar
Seminar 16P - Universal Web Design: Making Your Websites and Online Courses Accessible (separate registration required)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:30pm-4:00pm | Room Meeting Room 406
Speaker: Michael Brooks

Concurrent Sessions
Exploring Universal Design and IT Accessibility in a Flexible Learning Space - Sponsored furniture provided by Steelcase, a Gold Partner

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 10:30am-11:20am | Room Meeting Room 501/502
Speakers: Susan Cullen, Greg Kraus, Daniela Marghitu, Sushil K. Oswal, Terrill Thompson

Contracts, Clouds, Counsel, and CIO Conundrums: A Conversation

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:40am-12:30pm | Room Mile High Ballroom 4C/4D
Speakers: Brad Wheeler, Jack Bernard

Implementing a University-Wide Vision for Accessibility: The Penn State Experience

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:40am-12:30pm | Room Mile High Ballroom 1A-C
Speaker: John T. Harwood

Solving the Problem of Classroom Accessibility for the Visually Impaired

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 1:30pm-2:30pm
Speaker: Ron Jailall

Value Added Accessibility: How Web Accessibility Efforts Can Help Support Reaffirmation Of Accreditation

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 1:30pm-2:30pm
Speakers: Cyndi Rowland, Heather Mariger

Athletic Rivalries and Web Accessibility: Who Is in the Sweet 16 this Year?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 1:30pm-2:30pm
Speaker: Jon Gunderson

How Accessible Are Google Apps?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 2:30pm-3:20pm | Room Mile High Ballroom 4E/4F
Speakers: Greg Kraus, Terrill Thompson

Implementing an Accessibility Initiative across the Institution

Thursday, November 8, 2012 8:00am-8:50am | Room Mile High Ballroom 1A-C
Speakers: Susan Cullen, Jon Gunderson, Cheryl Pruitt, Christian Vinten-Johansen

Accessible ScreenCasting: Making Your Best Content Available to All Students

Thursday, November 8, 2012 9:10am-10:00am | Room Mile High Ballroom 2A/3A
Speaker: David L. Giberson

Scalable Solutions for Implementing Accessible Technology in Postsecondary Institutions

Thursday, November 8, 2012 1:30pm-2:20pm | Room Mile High Ballroom 2C/3C
Speakers: Lorraine M. Frost, Carol Gonzales, Gerard L. Hanley, Cheryl Pruitt

A Maturity Assessment Model for Your EIT Accessibility Program

Thursday, November 8, 2012 2:40pm-3:30pm | Room Mile High Ballroom 1D-F
Speaker: Dawn Hunziker

Media Delivery to Support BYOD

Thursday, November 8, 2012 4:30pm-5:20pm | Room Mile High Ballroom 2B/3B
Speakers: Tim Whisenhunt, Robin Ying

Discussion Session
IT Accessibility

Thursday, November 8, 2012 4:30pm-5:20pm | Room Meeting Room 304
Speaker: Terrill Thompson