Pre-Conference Recorded Sessions
Welcome to our Pre-Conference--a little taste of what is to come to get you energized and excited for ASC 2023!
Read on to access pre-conference presenter bios, session descriptions, resources, and recording links.
Start from the top and peruse all three sessions or select a session name to jump to their section and resources:
PC1: Workplace & Workforce Innovation
Terese Goren, Workforce Innovation Specialist, Envision
Opportunities to access grant funding and programs available to assist organizations bridge the gap of digital accessibility and for individuals to grow their technical skills and prepare for the workplaces awaiting them. We will discuss common tips for making sure a website is accessible, challenges businesses or individuals have in bridging the gap to create or find an accessible workplace, and other resources available as we navigate workplace innovation.
Terse Goren is a skilled classroom and accessible technology instructor. She has built her career teaching students and individuals how to utilize the growing market of assistive technology. Over the last several years, she has expanded her skills to become a digital accessibility expert and coaches businesses in creating digitally accessible spaces. She is passionate about Envision's work to help organizations create digitally accessible environments whether it be their website, software, or documents to create a more accessible community and workplaces.
PC2: AR for Learning and Accessibility: Insights from a Systematic Review of the Literature and an Environmental Scan (with an Early AR Accessibility Checklist)
Instructional Designer, Kansas State University
Recently, the presenter conducted a systematic review of the academic literature and an environmental scan to learn how to set up an augmented reality (AR) shop at an institution of higher education. The ambition is to not only set up AR in an accessible and legal way but also be able to test for potential effects of AR on teaching and learning. The research did not go past the review stage, but some insights about accessibility in AR were acquired.
AR is seen by some researchers as supportive of learners with alt-needs in various way because it provides another modality, another channel. Others find challenges in too much motion and busyness and shapes/colors.
There are inherent challenges with the following elements and more:
visual presentation and communications: low resolution in outdoors AR, insufficient color values and contrasts, the use of color as a single channel to convey information;
insufficient information: poor object labeling, an absence of text transcripting for sound and video;
physical challenges: maneuverability challenges in some built AR spaces, unwieldy wearables and tangibles;
unclear navigability: unclear (or absent) user interfaces;
triggering effects: the presence of strobe effects, uncontrollable motions, speedy motions, a lack of user controls, a lack of clear user controls;
cybersickness: feelings of nausea and dizziness from some AR experiences (given the paucity of visual information as compared to a real-world visual field, given flicker and timings);
This work provides an overview of the AR findings and an early list of insights for AR accessibility and ideas for mitigations.
Dr. Shalin Hai-Jew works as an instructional designer at Kansas State University.
Presentation Information & Materials
PC3: The History of Accessibility
Gian Wild, CEO of AccessibilityOZ
Although the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, Version 1.0 was released in 1999, it wasn’t really taken seriously until Bruce Maguire made a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2000 about the Sydney Olympic Games website. The rest, as they say, is history.
AccessibilityOz Founder and CEO Gian Wild will discuss digital accessibility’s hard-won and progressive history, how it started, where it is now and where it’s headed.
Gian Wild works in the area of web accessibility: making sure web sites and mobile apps can be used by people with disabilities. She spent six years contributing to the international set of web accessibility guidelines used around the world. She is the CEO and Founder of AccessibilityOz, with offices in Australia and the United States. In 2019, Gian won the inaugural Accessibility Person of the Year in Australia