AccessCSforAll, December 7, 2022
Presenters: Richard Ladner (University of Washington), Lauren Milne (Macalester College), Andreas Stefik (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
Most of the tools used in K12 computer science education are not accessible to students with disabilities, especially students who are blind or have low vision. In this webinar, we share about the Quorum programming language, Blocks4All, and other tools that are accessible to students with disabilities. You'll also learn about resources to support teachers who have students with disabilities in their classes.
AccessCSforAll, November 30, 2022
Presenter: Neil Brown (King's College London)
Block-based programming is very popular in introductory programming. Its drag-and-drop design is very approachable for novices -- but not for the vision impaired and others who would like to use a screen reader and keyboard entry.
AccessComputing, November 14, 2022
Presenters: Adrienne Decker (University at Buffalo), Andrew Begel (Carnegie Mellon), and Kurt Eiselt (University of California, Davis)
This panel presents a number of different perspectives and programs that support neurodivergent students in their coursework and in the workplace. Like many students transitioning to college, neurodivergent students lose many of their prior scaffolds and supports. Supporting students in our classrooms and degree programs requires training faculty on the challenges neurodivergent students experience and developing curriculum and supports that afford better access. In addition to in-classroom support, support is needed to prepare students to enter the workforce and help them stay employed. Other goals of these programs are to help destigmatize neurodiverse people, help neurotypical people better understand their neurodivergent colleagues, and encourage everyone to better integrate the neurodiverse into their organizations and activities.
CMDIT, September 8, 2022
Presenter: Dr. Stacy Branham (UCI), Josiah Hester (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Dr. Stacy Branham shares her story of how she became a professor in Informatics at the University of California, Irvine as a woman with a disability. Josiah Hester shares his story of handling failure in computing.
AccessCSforAll, August 8, 2022
Presenter: Richard Ladner (UW)
About 8.7 million PreK-12 students in the US have a disability and are served under the Individuals with Disabilities Act or under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. These students have a number of barriers that prevent them from participating fully in CS education. In this webinar we discuss these barriers and how they can be removed to make CS education more accessible and welcoming to these students.
AccessComputing, May 06, 2022
Presenters: Brianna Blaser & Richard Ladner (UW), Tina Ostrander (Green River College)
Learn more about strategies and resources to support students with disabilities in computing programs at community and technical colleges. There are funded opportunities to support your work in this area! Learn more about how AccessComputing can support faculty and staff at community and technical colleges to increase the participation of students with disabilities in computing departments.
AccessADVANCE, Apr 22, 2022
Presenters: Rua Mae Williams (Purdue), Martina Svyantek (University of Virginia)
In 2022, Disabled faculty and students are requesting accommodations to remain off campus or to limit in-person exposure through continued access to remote or hybrid delivery of instruction. Many universities are denying these requests by calling them "unreasonable burdens" to the institution or citing institutional business interests. Remote and hybrid instruction is neither an unreasonable burden (as proved by our past few semesters), nor does it interfere with the essential functions of "the position" -- instructing and learning. This webinar is a discussion of a book chapter contextualizing the Covid-19 pandemic’s effects on office-based and academic workspaces using a critical disability studies approach.
AccessCSForAll, Mar 30, 2022
Presenter: Andreas Stefik & William Alee (Univ of Nevada Las Vegas)
Modern block languages consist of a complex series of moving parts. While they do have visualizations of the computer code, they also contain graphical editors, game editors, robotics systems, community forums, multimedia output, and many other attributes that must be accessible for students with disabilities to meaningfully and fully participate in computer science. In this webinar, we provide a summary of the state of what is and is not accessible across block languages and then foster a discussion about how we might get there.
Social Presence in Virtual Event Spaces, March 7, 2022
Presenter: Richard E. Ladner (UW)
In this presentation, Richard Ladner will review some of the accessibility issues that arise that may prevent or inhibit participation by attendees with disabilities. Richard Ladner will also suggest some solutions to these issues. Some of the solutions can be solved with technology, but others may need behavioral changes by participants. In terms of enhancing social presence, he will discuss some approaches that may work with diverse participants including those with disabilities.
AccessComputing, Mar 02, 2022
Presenter(s): Richard Ladner & Amy Ko (UW), Kristen Shinohara (Rochester Institute of Technology), and other computing faculty from various institutions.
In this SIGCSE affiliated session, faculty shared about how they have integrated accessibility and disability topics into their computer science (CS) courses. There are certain courses, such as web or app design and development and human-computer interactions, that should be addressing accessibility because of the human-facing nature of software. Less obvious are courses, such as intro CS, computer vision, natural language processing, data compression, software engineering, and others, that can also have accessibility and disability content.
AccessComputing, Jan 25, 2022
Presenter(s): Richard Ladner (UW), Raja Kushalnagar (Gallaudet University); students: Caelan MacArthur, Erin Howard
In this Zoom presentation students interested in applying for DREU for Summer 2022 receive information on the DREU process and hear from prior DREU participants.
National Academies, December 16, 2021 - April 13, 2022
Five webinar-style conversations featuring leading experts on accessibility and disability inclusion recorded between December 2021 and April 2022.
AccessComputing, Nov 09, 2021
Presenter: Terrill Thompson (DO-IT)
You're shopping for an online platform to use for a virtual conference you're organizing, or you're considering adopting a new technology for the courses you teach. You want, and may in fact be legally obligated, to ensure the product or service you choose is accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. How do you do that? This webinar will explore strategies for addressing accessibility at various stages within the procurement process. It will include extensive detail about technology accessibility standards, plus guidance on how to read a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), a standard form used by technology vendors to document their level of accessibility. Our speaker Terrill Thompson is manager of the IT Accessibility Team at the University of Washington, and technology accessibility specialist with AccessComputing. He has nearly thirty years of experience in the IT accessibility field.
AccessCSforAll and Infosys Foundation USA, June 16, 2021
Speaker: Robert DeFillippo (Mon Valley School)
In this Accessible Computer Science: Teacher to Teacher webinar, Robert DeFillippo will share about lessons learned teaching computer science to students who are neurodiverse.
AccessCSforAll and Infosys Foundation USA, May 11, 2021
Speaker: Sarah Ciras (Landmark School)
In this Accessible Computer Science: Teacher to Teacher webinar, Sarah Ciras will share about lessons learned teaching computer science to students with learning disabilities.
AccessCSforAll and Infosys Foundation USA, April 7, 2021
Speaker: Beth Kimball (Indiana School for the Deaf)
In this Accessible Computer Science: Teacher to Teacher webinar, Elizabeth (Beth) Kimball shares lessons learned teaching computer science to students who are deaf and hearing impaired.
AccessCSforAll and Infosys Foundation USA, March 25, 2021
Speaker: Gina Fugate (Maryland School for the Blind)
In this Accessible Computer Science: Teacher to Teacher webinar, Gina Fugate shares lessons learned teaching computer science to students who are blind and visually impaired.
STEM For All Multiplex, March 24, 2021
Moderator: Richard Ladner
Panelists: Sheryl Burgstahler, Jeanne Reis, and Emily Moore
The webinar will bring together four leaders who will share promising practices in their sustained projects that help make STEM fields more welcoming and accessible to students with disabilities.
Equity In Action Summit,
March 21, 2021
Presenters: Richard Ladner and Andreas Stefik (AccessCSforAll)
Students with disabilities are often discouraged from taking computer science courses. This doesn't have to happen. Learn how.
AccessCSforAll, February 17, 2021
Speaker: Earl Huff (Clemson University)
To ensure an inclusive computing education, we must examine the suitability and learning experience of existing curricula if they accommodate students with disabilities, especially those blind or who have low vision. This webinar provides an account of the learning and teaching experience in computing education for persons with visual impairments from different perspectives, as well as potential solutions for improving accessibility in K-12 computing education.
AccessComputing, November 23, 2020
Presenter: Kayla Brown (UW)
Kayla Brown talks about what it means to be disabled, looks at some key moments for the disability rights movement, and discusses common tropes for characters with disabilities in the media. Learn about the medical and social models of disability, examine the history of disability and the disability rights movement in the United States and how this has impacted perceptions of disability, and identify common tropes in the media that negatively portrays disability.
Microsoft, University of Washington CREATE, and University of Colorado’s Coleman Institute; November 18, 2020
Speaker: Andreas Stefik
A discussion of new research dedicated to making Computer Science education learning experiences more accessible for people with disabilities.
AccessCSforAll, November 12, 2020
Presenter: Anna Kirkpatrick (Georgia Tech)
Anna shares her personal journey of finding and making tools to allow her to write code efficiently. She discusses her use of inexpensive eye tracking hardware marketed for video games, provides an overview of the open source software project OptiKey, recounts the development of a custom OptiKey keyboard specifically for writing code, and discusses the text editor vim and how features of vim interface well with eye gaze input.
AccessComputing, October 20, 2020
Presenters: Richard Ladner (UW Allen School), Anna Kirkpatrick (Georgia Tech), Ather Sharif (UW), and Liia Butler (Univ of Illinois Urbana Champaign)
In this webinar, AccessComputing PI Richard Ladner presents a primer on choosing and applying to a graduate school and current graduate students share about their own experiences.
AccessCSforAll, September 10, 2020
Presenter: Andreas Stefik (Univ of Nevada Las Vegas)
AP Computer Science Principles and other K-12 curricula include units covering using and interpreting data. Ensuring that data, and even data science, is accessible to students with disabilities is not a trivial problem. In this webinar, AccessCSforAll PI and inventor of the Quorum programming language Andreas Stefik shared the approach used in the Quorum programming language.
Carnegie Mellon University, September 3, 2020
Panelists Meg Ray (Cornell), Sara Schley (RIT), and Brianna Blaser (UW) discuss strategies for how to infuse accessibility and flexibility into your courses.
AnitaB.org, August, 27, 2020
Hear about the important advancements that support and empower people with disabilities in computing fields. As more and more of us find ourselves studying and working from home, thinking about accessible computing is more important than ever.
AccessComputing, August 20, 2020
Presenter: Sheryl Burgstahler (UW)
As classes, internships, and other activities have moved online, what strategies have you used or can you use to make a good impression on your professor and other students? In this webinar, Sheryl Burgstahler (Director of DO-IT) shares tips and tricks to ensure that you look professional in a virtual environment, particularly as a college student in class or presenting a required presentation.
AccessCSforAll, August 04, 2020
Presenters: Janette Barrios and Jordyn Castor (Apple)
Explore the latest accessible coding resources for iPad and Mac, including free iPad app Swift Playgrounds, accessible curriculum, tactile graphics, videos in American Sign Language, and resources that support students with disabilities at various stages and age - including fun activities like flying drones and dancing robots! Coding is an essential skill for helping all students thrive in a technology-driven future - it unlocks creativity, develops problem-solving skills, and opens career paths. Learn how easy and fun it can be to code!
CMD-IT, June 25, 2020
Presenters: Brianna Blaser and Ana Liu (UW), Synge Tyson (Usercessible, LLC)
Virtual events present unique challenges for attendees who may include people who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hearing impaired, and/or have attention and learning related disabilities. This webinar was designed to support folks looking to make their online presentations accessible.
AccessINCLUDES, June 18, 2020
Presenters: Sheryl Burgstahler, Terrill Thompson, and Brianna Blaser (DO-IT)
How can you ensure that individuals with disabilities feel welcome and are able to participate in your classes, meetings, and other online activities? This virtual capacity building institute (CBI) addressed a variety of accessibility including universal design in online learning; accessibility of websites, documents, video, and vendor products; and accessibility and universal design of online meetings.
AccessComputing, June 16, 2020
Moderator: Richard Ladner (University of Washington)
This panel, originally scheduled to occur at SIGCSE 2020, provided practical advice on what and how to teach accessibility in a variety of settings. It is important to learn about the diverse technology consumers: what their abilities are and what access infrastructures they use every day. Teaching about computer technologies that people with various disabilities can use and be productive with prepares students to design accessible technology when they graduate. The panelists have extensive experience in teaching accessibility and provided advice to others about how to teach accessibility in their own courses.
AccessCSforAll, February 11, 2020
Speaker: Lauren Milne (Macalester College)
Lauren Milne is an assistant professor at Macalester College. Her research is on making programming more accessible for children with visual impairments. She will be doing a demo of Blocks4All, an iPad application she developed, which can be used to program the Dash and Dot robots from Wonder Workshop and which is accessible with VoiceOver and Switch Control.
AccessComputing, February 7, 2020
Speakers: Neil Barnett (Microsoft), Lorne Needle (Google)
You may have heard that many companies are stepping up their efforts to hire people with disabilities. In this webinar, we'll hear from representatives at Microsoft and Google about what they're companies are doing. Neil Barnett started Microsoft’s Autism hiring program in 2015 and is leading the efforts to improve the experiences for Microsoft employees and their customers with disabilities. Lorne Needle is Google’s global lead for disability inclusion in staffing and has led multiple talent initiatives.
AccessCSforAll, January 14, 2020
Speakers: Andreas Stefik (Univ of Nevada Las Vegas)
The Quorum Programming Language is the first evidenced-oriented programming language that was “born accessible” more than ten years ago. New is Quorum Studio, an accessible integrated development environment (IDE) to support programmers in Quorum. Quorum Studio is built on the same design principles as the language itself, making it accessible to users, including blind users who employ screen readers. In the first version, we have created a full development environment for editing, navigating, compiling, debugging, and executing applications, in addition to typical help features (e.g., highlighting, code completion, projects, updates) and accessibility features (e.g., smart zoom, smart navigation, a highly customized screen reading experience). Quorum Studio is also a platform for future accessible growth, with 3D visual level editing, still fully accessible even if the user is blind, coming in the summer of 2020 in Quorum Studio 2.
AccessCSforAll, November 14, 2019
Julia Ferraioli (Google)
By instituting good practices around code accessibility early on, you can foster an inclusive team that can run an accessible project. In addition to making your code base accessible to those with disabilities, these adaptations can make your project easier to navigate for everyone, new contributors and senior developers alike.
ADEPT, October 28, 2019
Speaker: Jonathan Lazar (University of Maryland)
Did you hear that in early October, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the Robles v. Domino's Pizza case? Do you wonder what that means related to digital accessibility for people with disabilities? Did you hear that 100 members of congress wrote a letter saying that people with disabilities should not currently have the legal right to access websites of public accommodations, and wonder if that has any legal impact? Join our webinar and learn more about the US legal framework for digital accessibility.
ADEPT, Aug 28, 2019
Moderator: Kayla Brown (DO-IT)
Many products and technology are designed without thinking about accessibility and yet people with disabilities are a large market for new devices. In this webinar, we'll hear from a diverse group of people with disabilities about their experiences. They'll talk about technology and tools they use and challenges that they encounter in daily life. We'll explore their perspectives about designing for accessibility and engaging with people with disabilities in the design process.
ADEPT, Aug 14, 2019
Speaker: Cynthia Bennett (UW Human Centered Design and Engineering)
Cynthia's work brings stories of design by people with disabilities into the design profession. her motivation was sparked by a contrast she found. Design and engineering materials often present people with disabilities more narrowly as technology users. But through her research and reading Disability Studies scholarship, she has learned that disabled people regularly contribute to design and engineering fields. During the webinar, Cynthia will share a response to this inequity aimed at better recognizing these contributions.
AccessCSforAll, May 09, 2019
Speaker: Stephanie Ludi (University of North Texas)
Block-based languages are a common way to engage novice programmers, especially children. However, accessibility is lacking. We will present our work in adding keyboard navigation and screen reader support to the Blockly framework to increase accessibility to block-based languages for persons with visual impairments.
CSforALL Summit, October 10, 2018
Panelists Jennifer Rodriguez, PBS; Beth Rosenberg, Tech Kids Unlimited; and Emmanuel Schanzer, Bootstrap discuss with moderator Andreas Stefik, University of Nevada Las Vegas/AccessCSforALL ways they've made their CS programming accessible to students with disabilities.
CSforALL Summit, October 10, 2018
105 organizations signed the CSforALL Accessibility pledge and will work collaboratively to ensure that their CS education tools, programs, research and initiatives are fully inclusive of students with disabilities, and accessibility is considered during the development phase for new efforts.
AccessComputing, Sept 10, 2018
Speaker: Richard Ladner (UW Allen School)
Explore how to make the most out of your conference experience. We'll talk about networking, planning your schedule, and talking with potential employers.
AccessCSforAll, May 30, 2018
Speaker: Emanuel Schanzer (Bootstrap)
Learn more about what Bootstrap, an in-school curriculum and software package that teaches children programming skills, has done to improve the accessibility of their tools used in K-12 education.
AccssComputing, May 17, 2018
Speaker(s): Tami Tidwell (DO-IT), Michael Reese (RISE Learning Institute), and Sean Marihugh (Microsoft)
Are you concerned about if, when, and how to disclose your disability in the job search and workplace? Develop your personal plan for how to disclose your disability as you prepare for internships and career jobs.
CSForAll Consortium, October 24, 2017
This community call features AccessCSforAll and exploring issues facing teachers and students with accessibility needs, including data on disabilities in K-12; introduces the basics of the Quorum Language; and shares resources and stories from the classroom.
CSForAll Consortium, September 7, 2017
This webinar explores real life examples, common barriers, and strategies practitioners and educators can use to ensure computer science education learning is meeting the needs of all students, including those who struggle academically or students with disabilities.
DIAGRAM Center, March 15, 2017
Learn about the current K-12 computer science landscape, challenges in the field, especially regarding coding accessibility, and how inclusive design is making computer science more accessible while also contributing to the overall born accessible movement.
University of Washington, January 11, 2017
Speaker: Richard Ladner, (AccessComputing)
Learn more about how the view of disability has been changing over the past 100 years and continues to change, and how accessibility has become a more popular and necessary professional field in research and practice.
CS10K Community, June, 7, 2015
Computer science opens doors for all kinds of students! With simple strategy, we can increase the successful participation of students with disabilities in the Exploring Computer Science (ECS) and Computer Science Principles (CSP) courses. Richard Ladner presents teaching strategies to include students with disabilities in computing classes and describes tools and curricula to help make that possible.
3 Play Media, April 22, 2015
Taking a look at various video players, this webinar discusses the current capabilities, known shortcomings, and plans for future development.
Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI), April 21, 2015
This presentation describes two online courses that prepare faculty to provide accessible online content for their students. More resources from this webinar can be found on the EASI website.
Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI), February 13, 2014
Learn about opportunities in computing and IT academic programs and career fields that can be pursued by students with disabilities. Hear about success stories, promising practices, and useful resources. See resources from this webinar on the EASI website.
Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI), January 14, 2014
Technology accessibility specialist Terrill Thompson shares a few simple steps that anyone can take to improve the accessibility and usability of their websites and electronic documents.
EDUCAUSE, November 20, 2013
This webinar featured CIOs and accessibility experts sharing strategies and solutions for improving IT accessibility on higher education campuses.
Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI), June 13, 2013
Based on the article Seeking Predictors of Web Accessibility in U.S. Higher Education Institutions, this webinar explores current policies related to web accessibility in higher education.
Computer Science Collaboration Project, October, 23, 2012
Learn how universal design has emerged as an approach to ensuring the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and how it can be applied in educational settings—to instruction, services, technology, and to physical spaces.
National Girls Collaborative Project, June 5, 2012
A fully accessible website is one in which all visitors, with or without disabilities, using a variety of devices, can easily find the information they're looking for and access all the features of the site. Learn some basic steps they can take to assess whether your website might be excluding particular groups of people. No prior knowledge is required.