Upcoming Training Opportunities

AccessMU Training Opportunities

We provide a variety of workshops and other training opportunities throughout the year. Miami's Accessible Technology Symposium, "Access for All," is held annually and features guest speakers and sessions taught by experts in the field.

Access for All: AT Symposium

Save the Date: The next Access for All: Accessible Technology Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021.  Check back here for additional information.

Upcoming Webinars

July

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Great Lakes ADA Center: "ADA Anniversary Update: 30 Years, Where do We go Now?"

Where:

Remote Webinar

Speakers: 

Emily Ladau, Editor in Chief, Rooted in Rights Blog

Maria Town, President and CEOAmerican Association of People with Disabilities

Session Description:

On July 26th, 1990 President George H. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The intent of the ADA was to provide persons with disabilities Equality of opportunity, Full participation, Independent living, and Economic self-sufficiency. Thirty years down the road what is the state of disability rights in the United States? Join us as our speakers look forward and discuss what needs to be done to further the rights of persons with disabilities and fulfill the goals of the ADA. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to our speakers.

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Great Lakes ADA Center: "Digital Accessibility: What have we learned and what does the future hold?"

Where:

Remote Webinar

Speakers: 

Albert Elia, Esq, Attorney, TRE Legal Practice

Session Description:

The authors of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) did not specifically reference information technology in the language of the law or regulations. Yet we know through guidance and interpretation through the various federal enforcement agencies and courts that the accessibility of the "virtual world" and devices and mechanisms utilized to access it are indeed covered by the law. Join this session as we look back at how these issues have been addressed, strategies that have been successful to achieve accessibility and compliance and lessons learned as well as explore what the future may hold as technology is quickly changing.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Apple: "Access Abilities: Designing for All Learners"

Where:

Remote Webinar

Speakers: 

Apple Experts

Session Description:

In response to COVID-19, we’re all changing the ways we use technology to learn and work. More than ever, students are attending class with a varying array of abilities and in a range of learning environments—on campus and at home. And faculty are exploring new ways to support all learners’ needs and to personalize every student’s learning experience.  

At Apple, we believe that technology should be accessible to everyone. Join us for this virtual event to learn about assistive features built into every iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. These tools allow faculty to deliver an impactful experience to all students, and they allow all students to explore, communicate, and create in new and powerful ways.

  • Discover built-in accessibility features like text to speech, Voice Control, Multi-Touch gestures, and Live Listen.
  • Learn how easy it is to add closed captioning and audio descriptions to your videos.
  • Explore resources and apps that faculty can use to continue enhancing the student experience.
  • Ask questions and engage with your Apple Higher Education team.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see how Apple technology can revolutionize the learning experience for all students.

Thursday, July 30, 2020, 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Apple: "Access Abilities: Designing for All Learners"

Where:

Remote Webinar

Speakers: 

Apple Experts

Session Description:

In response to COVID-19, we’re all changing the ways we use technology to learn and work. More than ever, students are attending class with a varying array of abilities and in a range of learning environments—on campus and at home. And faculty are exploring new ways to support all learners’ needs and to personalize every student’s learning experience.  

At Apple, we believe that technology should be accessible to everyone. Join us for this virtual event to learn about assistive features built into every iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. These tools allow faculty to deliver an impactful experience to all students, and they allow all students to explore, communicate, and create in new and powerful ways.

  • Discover built-in accessibility features like text to speech, Voice Control, Multi-Touch gestures, and Live Listen.
  • Learn how easy it is to add closed captioning and audio descriptions to your videos.
  • Explore resources and apps that faculty can use to continue enhancing the student experience.
  • Ask questions and engage with your Apple Higher Education team.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see how Apple technology can revolutionize the learning experience for all students.

August

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Great Lakes ADA Center: "Planning for pedestrians with disabilities: Sharing successes and gaps from ADA Transition Plans around the U.S."

Where:

Remote Webinar

Speakers: 

Yochai Eisenberg, Senior Research Specialist, Institute on Disability and Human Development, UIC

Amy Heider, MA, Research Assistant and PhD Candidate, Department of Disability and Human Development, UIC

Session Description:

Local governments are required to develop an ADA transition plan to identify barriers with sidewalks and intersections, and plan for how to remove barriers so that they are easier to use for people with disabilities. A recent study from the UIC Great Lakes ADA Center showed that many communities do not have transition plans for sidewalks and intersections and that the quality of most plans was low. In this webinar, the speakers will highlight ways to improve ADA transition plans and share successful practices gathered from ADA coordinators with high quality plans. The presentation will also discuss ways that people with disabilities may become involved in ADA transition planning and help to make their communities more accessible. Participants will have time to ask questions of the session speakers.

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Level Access: "Making Educational Documents Accessible FAST!"

Where:

Remote Webinar

Speakers: 

Jon Avila

Session Description:

Ready or not – work and school have moved online for the time being. Whether you are creating materials for students, colleagues, or the general public – accessibility best practices ensure that everyone can read your content.  In part three of this three-part webinar series, get tips for creating accessible documents in the most popular formats (Word, PowerPoint, and PDF).