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August 2013 DIAGRAM Training & Outreach Update

2013 August 29
by Amaya Webster

Next DIAGRAM Webinar: “Office Hours” with the Image Description Experts
Are you a volunteer or professional image description specialist? Have you ever run into a complex image that you just weren’t sure how to handle? If so, this session is for you! Accessible-image experts Bryan Gould and Geoff Freed of WGBH’s National Center at Accessible Media (NCAM) will be holding a special session on Thursday October 24 at 11:30 am Pacific time to answer all your toughest questions about how to handle complex image descriptions such as scientific textbook images, maps, cartoons, mathematical equations, and graphs.  In order to optimize the usefulness of this session to participants, Bryan and Geoff would like to collect your questions and examples in advance. A submission form will be provided for this purpose (forthcoming). You may submit more than one question, and you may attend the webinar even if you have not submitted a question in advance. This session was inspired by the popularity of our “How to Describe Complex Images” webinar. See the Q & A from that sessiondownload the PowerPoint slides, or view the webinar for a taste of the kinds of topics we expect to cover during this “Office Hours” session.

Outreach Working Group Update
The Outreach Working Group met on August 29, 2013. Discussion centered on improving messaging on the DIAGRAM web site to include more high-level messaging about why image accessibility is important. The group also reviewed a new set of DIAGRAM talking points and made plans to adapt them for publishers, educators, and developers. Review of topics from other working groups was also covered, including the Accessible Image Sample Book and initiatives underway to prepare for the AAP meeting on September 10th. Notes will be posted to the Outreach WG wiki. Please contact Outreach Working Group Chair Julie Noblitt at julien [at] benetech [dot] org if you would like more information or have ideas for discussion at our next quarterly meeting in November.

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