Upcoming Webinars



Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Great Lakes ADA Center: "New approaches to web accessibility requirements under WCAG3"

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Description: Section 508 Standards apply the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to web content and other electronic content. Issued by the W3C, WCAG 2.0 is a globally recognized, technology-neutral standard. This session will feature new and differing approaches to web accessibility requirements proposed for the next generation of these guidelines, the draft WCAG 3.0, (or WCAG3).

Jeanne Spellman, lead editor and chair of the task force developing WCAG3 will review the background of the WCAG3 development process and discuss the team’s approach to accessibility standards. Jeanne will be joined in conversation by Bruce Bailey, IT Specialist at the Access Board, an active member with the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AGWG) of the W3C.

They will discuss various questions, including: What is the purpose of an accessibility standard? Is it sufficient for standards addressing digital accessibility to provide a list of technical requirements, or is more required? What are effective approaches to use when developing an accessibility standard so that it can be consistently interpreted and applied?

The conversation will include a frank discussion about the concerns and difficulties various stakeholders have with current web accessibility standards. Section 508 (and EN 301 549) applied the WCAG 2.0 web standards to other digital content, which has implications for the development of WCAG3. Join Jeanne and Bruce as they review some of the opportunities for improving upon the current approach used by WCAG 2.0 (and 2.1, and 2.2) – including Success Criteria and a binary true/false analysis of accessibility.

There will also be a discussion of the current WCAG3 draft under development, including a proposed approach to attributing different weights or values to accessibility provisions, so that digital content may be evaluated using a rating system that is more transparent and results in more usability to address the needs of users with disabilities.

The presenters will address pre-submitted questions during the main presentation, and live questions as time permits. They are particularly interested in participant feedback on the WCAG3 approach and whether it addresses improvements desired by federal agencies.

On-Demand, Deque: "Accessible Images When It Matters Most"

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Description: Creating accessible images seems like a simple topic at first glance - you just need to add alt text to an image, right? However, the topic is much more nuanced than people think. In this webinar, we will review the different types of images, dive into some real-world examples, and discuss which elements matter most when our message needs to reach everyone.

On-Demand, Deque: "Introduction to Screen Readers"

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Description: Steve Sawczyn, Solutions Architect at Deque Systems, demonstrates how he uses a screen reader to navigate the web. In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Steve provides developers, designers, business users or anyone new to digital accessibility a first-hand experience of how people who are visually impaired navigate the web. In this video you will:

-Experience a screen reader simulation first-hand
-Understand how a screen reader navigates a web page
-Hear how a screen reader announces the content on a page
-Discover common design barriers that trap or make the web inaccessible to persons using assistive technologies
-Learn an introduction to accessibility testing with screen readers.


On-Demand, Deque: "What is a VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template)?"

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Description: While VPAT is an essential aid in understanding the product’s accessibility conformance, it is imperative for all of those who are involved in producing VPAT’s, to understand why & what details go into the preparation of the document.

Most enterprise customers before procuring a digital product would like to review a VPAT document, if this situation resonates with you or your potential enterprise target account, please join this exclusive webinar on essential aspects of VPAT to build an in-depth understanding.

Join Sathish Kumar, Senior Consultant to dive into the world of VPAT where he shall cover the following topics: What is VPAT?, Why is it needed?, Terminology that is used as part of VPAT, Applicable standards and best practices in writing VPAT, Interpreting a completed VPAT

Thursday, August 5, 2021, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Great Lakes ADA Center: "Accessible Pedestrian Trails and Shared Use Paths"

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Description: Enjoying a hike, a bike ride, a walk, a run, or a roll along a scenic route is a healthy way to spend time. This webinar will review the differences between accessible pedestrian trails and shared-use paths. Presenters will review the technical and scoping requirements in the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards for newly constructed or altered pedestrian trails on federal sites, as well as proposed supplementary provisions for shared use paths. Presenters will also address some frequently asked questions and common sources of confusion concerning accessible pedestrian trails and shared-use paths.