Upcoming Webinars


October 15, 2020, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm - Open Access Technologies Inc.: "Basics of Tagged PDF's"

Remote Webinar

This webinar starts at the very basics of making a PDF document accessible. While we won't start from a native application or source document, we'll go through the various tags, why they are there, what the Tags Tree is for, what the Oder Panel is for, what the Content Panel is for, how to add document properties and a language for a document and a segment of a document and how to determine the logical reading order of a PDF document.

October 27, 2020, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Great Lakes ADA Center: "Service and Emotional Assistance Animals"

Remote Webinar

Description: This session will provide an overview of the rights of individuals with disabilities who use service animals. The session will cover the ADA definition of a service animal and regulations regarding service animals, including documentation, restrictions, and removals. This session will also clarify the difference between service animals and emotional support animals and examine the different laws that cover them. "What Would You Do?" scenarios will be discussed. The session is targeted toward Title II and III entities that serve the general public.


November 12, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - 3Play Media: "2020 Legal Update on Digital Access Cases"

Remote Webinar

Description: The legal landscape of accessibility in the United States provides a strong framework supporting digital accessibility efforts in the public and private sectors, in higher education, and throughout society.

Individual advocacy, lawsuits, Structured Negotiations, and government agency activity impact how organizations around the country are approaching digital accessibility. With so many legal developments, organizations across industries need to stay informed.

This webinar will be presented by Lainey Feingold, an internationally recognized disability rights lawyer and public speaker and pioneer of Structured Negotiation. Lainey is known for negotiating landmark accessibility agreements, many described in her book, Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. In this webinar, Lainey will take us through key cases, court decisions, government agency activity, settlements, and other recent developments in the digital accessibility legal landscape.

November 18, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Great Lakes ADA Center: "Spotlight on Mental Health: Understanding Psychiatric Advance Directives"

Remote Webinar

Description: Thirty years after the ADA and over twenty years following Olmstead, people with serious mental illness are not living integrated into our communities. Instead, they cycle through criminal justice, hospitalization, and homelessness recidivism. Psychiatric advance directives are legal documents that allow individuals with serious mental illness to state their preferences for treatment in the event of commitment to a hospital. Psychiatric advance directives (PADs) enable a person to prepare in advance of a crisis and provide a voice during that time if one occurs. Expanded psychiatric advance directives provide an opportunity for people with serious mental illness to state their treatment preferences more broadly and to identify the supports and services they need to live integrated into the community. Under federal law, any facility receiving Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements is required to use advance directives. Individuals with behavioral health illnesses are covered under this mandate.

Attorney Laurie Hallmark will discuss how psychiatric advance directives can be used to create the systemic change to address the cycle of criminal justice, hospitalization, and homelessness recidivism. Topic areas will include a brief background and main components of directives, and a look at some differences in state laws as they pertain to these directives.


December 10, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - 3Play Media: "Intro to Audio Descriptions"

Remote Webinar

Description: What is audio description? While most people are familiar with closed captioning, audio description is another important accessibility requirement for video content. Audio description narrates the relevant visual information in a video to make your content accessible to blind and low vision users.

This webinar will cover the basics of how to add audio description to online video, legal requirements for audio description, video player compatibility, examples and demos, how to create audio description, and benefits of audio description outside of accessibility.

December 15, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Great Lakes ADA Center: "Social Media Management: Accessibility Basics"

Remote Webinar

Description: Organizations, businesses, and public entities use social media to promote their products and mission as well as to engage members of the public. This webinar will cover how social managers and other staff can create and publish content for social media in an accessible manner. The speaker will share experiences in ensuring access to various social media sites and platforms. The presenter will provide an overview of social media techniques, address common questions, review access issues and solutions, and offer best practices and techniques for making content accessible on various social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.