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ASCIT's 2021 2nd Annual Digital Accessibility Conference

Expanding Access Through Technology

September 14, 2021

As the number of users online keeps expanding, so do the ways that they access to information. This conference will focus on the technologies for engaging with content and best practices for creating accessible content. Our goal is to ensure that all users can have an active role in the online global community. To learn how YOU can expand access through technology, participate in Access South Carolina Information Technology's (ASCIT) second annual conference on Digital Accessibility on September 14, 2021. This is an online event.

Special Guests

US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

US Department of Education logo

Judith Risch, J.D. Ph.D.
Co-Lead National Digital Access Team
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education

We are excited to welcome a special guest from 12:30 to 1 PM, Judith Risch, JD, USDOE-OCR at the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. She is a senior attorney with the Department of Education who co-leads the Office for Civil Rights National Digital Accessibility Team. She oversees a national team of attorneys and investigators spread across twelve regional offices that enforces digital accessibility policies and advises educational institutions on compliance with federal accessibility laws. She regularly liaises with senior leadership in state and local educational systems to ensure compliance and provide them with forward looking guidance. She is widely recognized as a national leader and expert on digital accessibility issues.

Southeast ADA Center

Southeast ADA Center logo

We are excited to have three representatives from the Southeast ADA Center present information from 2:00 to 2:50 PM about the role of an ADA coordinator in maximizing effective communication and digital access within the obligation to provide program access. The Southeast ADA Center is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, and is one of ten regional centers that provide guidance, publications, research, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Barry Whaley is the Project Director for the Southeast ADA Center, Cheri Hofmann is the ADA Distance Learning & Training Coordinator, and Marsha Schwanke manages their Web & Media Development and Instructional Design.

Conference Overview

This year we will have four content tracks. Attendees can choose to follow one or sample where their interests lie. The tracks are specialized as follows:

  • Content Creators - Educators creating online content for classroom, online, or blended instruction.
  • Decision Makers - Program managers and fiscal agents making spending decisions.
  • Web Developers - Specialists responsible for back-end development of web content, marketing, and testing.
  • A11ies - “A11y” is the acronym for digital accessibility. A11ies are friends, supporters, and promoters of accessibility for all.

Conference Agenda

Time Content Creators Decision Makers Web Developers A11ies
9:30 AM Welcome Address
9:35 to 10:25 AM UDL Approach To Course Development
-Dr. Clayton Copeland &
 Dr. Sherri Restauri
Accessibility – It’s a Team Effort
-Caroline Smith
Automated Accessibility Testing
-Tammy Wallace
Fundamentals Of Digital Accessibility: What Do We Need To Know
-Will McCain
10:35 to 11:25 AM Making Documents Accessible
-Lydia Hutto

Best Practices for Accessible, Inclusive Communications
-Dr. Sherri Restauri &
 Dr. Clayton Copeland

Debunking Digital Accessibility Myths and Misconceptions
-Scott Salzman &
 Dow Hammond
Accessible Social Media
-Amy Shapley
11:30 to 12:30 PM Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:30 to 1:00 PM Plenary Session: ADA and the Law, Judith Risch, JS, USDOE-OCR
1:00 to 1:50 PM PDF Remediation: The Inclusive Approach
-Dow Hammond &
 Michelle Tuten
Plain Language
-Paige Winget
Intro to WAI-ARIA
-CB Averitt
Smartphone Accessibility
-Dr. David Dawson
2:00 to 2:50 PM Choosing The Right Apps For Your Platform: Accessibility Considerations When Choosing Your Virtual Tools
-Madalina Tudora &
 Penny Esterley
You're Making Me Dizzy: Creating More Accessible Presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint
-Kiara Hurt
Creating Accessible Forms
-Alex Temples
The Role of the ADA Coordinator
-Barry Whaley &
 Marsha Schwanke
3:00 to 4:00 PM PANEL: Accessibility Challenges During The COVID-19 Pandemic From The Students’ and Educators’ Point of View
4:00 PM Send-off

Brought to You By

ASCIT’s vision is to see South Carolina lead the way in digital accessibility and inclusion issues. This event is led by a community of digital accessibility specialists made up of: 

  • Able South Carolina 

  • Clemson University Online 

  • Coastal Carolina University

  • Community Literacy Lab 

  • Deque 

  • Furman University 

  • SC Assistive Technology Program 

  • SC Commission for the Deaf and the Blind 

  • The SC Commission for the Blind 

  • The South Carolina Department of Education 

  • The South Carolina State Library 

  • The University of South Carolina 

  • Winthrop University