Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference Nov. 14-16

Please join Distance Learning and Instructional Media Services at Nelson Poynter Library (POY) for the Accessing Higher Ground Annual Conference live virtual track November 14-16. 

The Accessing Higher Ground Conference focuses on the implementation and benefits of Accessible Media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university setting. Topic areas cover legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance, accessible distance learning, and the creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources. 

The following sessions will be streamed live. These sessions are open to all interested Faculty and Staff. Sessions will be real-time captioned. 

Wednesday, Nov. 14

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., POY 231
Building an Accessibility Initiative: A Case Study from The University of Oklahoma, Rob Carr, The University of Oklahoma CCE-IT Digital Accessibility Center

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., POY 231
Google Apps Accessibility, Greg Kraus, NC State University

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., POY 218

2:45 - 4:00 p.m., POY 218
Keynote Talk: Derek Featherstone

4:15 - 5:15 p.m., POY 218
IT Accessibility Policies and Practices in Higher Education: Research Findings, Terrill Thompson, University of Washington

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., POY 218
User Testing with People with Disabilities, Kathy Wahlbin, Interactive Accessibility

Thursday, Nov. 15

10:00 - 11:00 a.m., POY 218
iAccessibility - iPhones & iPads: Mobile Freedom for All, Paul Adam, Deque Systems, Inc.

1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m., POY 218
Video Captioning: Lessons Learned from a DIY Approach, Marla Roll, Colorado State University

4:15 - 5:15 p.m., POY 218
Quick Start to Captioning, Tole Khesin, 3Play Media

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., POY 218
Practical Strategies for Meeting Accessibility Laws in Higher Education, Ken Nakata, HiSoftware

Friday, Nov. 16

10:00 - 11:00 a.m., POY 218
Media Accessibility: International Guidelines and the Development of Descriptive Video Standards, Robert Pearson, Accessible Media Inc (AMI)

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., POY 218
You Don't Know Me, But I'm Here to Help - the Trials and Tribulations of Integrating an AT Position into Campus, Van Credle, Catholic University of America

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., POY 231
How to Use Automated Solutions to Improve Accessibility of College and U.Websites and SharePoint Workspaces, Ken Nakata, HiSoftware

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., POY 231
Accessibility with WordPress, Joseph Dolson, Accessible Web Design

To reserve your seat, please RSVP to Karla Kmetz at or 727-873-4474 with a list of sessions you will be attending.