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CSUN 2016: Final Countdown

2016 March 11

CSUN is just a few weeks away and we can’t wait!

 

Day and Time set for the annual DIAGRAM Office Hours

  • Thursday, March 24
  • 5:30 – 7:00pm Pacific Time
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, DIAGRAM Hospitality Suite

A DIAGRAM Center tradition at CSUN, the Office Hours event is a great time for DIAGRAM community members to grab a snack,  have a drink, catch up with friends face to face, make new connections, meet the person behind the various DIAGRAM emails you receive (me), exchange ideas and share work. We’ll even have tables set up for anyone who feels like doing an impromptu demo!

Also a DIAGRAM tradition, we won’t know the exact suite number until we’ve checked in, at which point we will send out an email to those of you who have expressed interested in stopping by. So please let us know if you are interested in coming and/or if there is someone you think we should be sure to include. Email us at info[at]diagramcenter[dot]org and we will make sure you are on the event notification list.  We are looking so forward to CSUN and can’t wait to reconnect with as many of you as possible!

DIAGRAM Math Code Sprint at CSUN

We are very excited to once again be working with the Shuttleworth Foundation to put on a one-day hackathon Math Code Sprint event Tuesday, March 22. The code sprint will bring together industry and accessibility experts to identify and begin designing technical solutions that address current challenges related to digital math accessibility such as: authoring, interacting, personalizing, providing multi-modal access, and developing customizable features/tools. We hope to mock-up/architect design solutions and ignite collaborative momentum towards developing at least one new tool aimed at making it easier, faster, and cheaper to access digital math content. While registration for the event is full, we don’t want anyone missing out on the fun. Make sure to check back to find out how it went and what was created!

CSUN sessions related to the DIAGRAM Center

As usual there are tons of interesting sessions to choose from, and many are hosted by DIAGRAM community members on topics that are directly related to DIAGRAM’s goals. We’ve attempted to list all of these sessions, but we’re not perfect, so make sure to let us know if we’ve missed something so we can add it in!

Sessions that are explicitly about DIAGRAM or DIAGRAM products:

Wednesday, March 23, 9am PT – Solana Beach A, 3rd Floor
Vice president of Benetech Labs, Anh Bui will present session participants with a look in to what’s in store for the DIAGRAM Center under the new DIAGRAM Center + award. Participants will learn about our expanded scope and mission as well as our new five-year initiative for Born Accessible content and all that we hope to accomplish as we enter the next phase of DIAGRAM.

Tuesday, March 22, 9am PT – Promenade AB
Benetech’s Lisa Wadors will join Gaeir Dietrich from California Community Colleges and Kaela Parks from Portland Community College in hosting this half day workshop on using tactile graphics and 3D printing in education. The session will provide participants with hands-on exploration of lending libraries that contain high quality print-ready educational 3D models. In addition, participants will experience a 3D printer in action, learn how to optimize the usefulness of tactile learning objects in colleges and universities, and gain exposure to emerging resources and best practices.

Wednesday, March 23, 9:00am PT – Golden Hill AB, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Eric Hansen, Mark Hakkinen, Jason White and Carlos Cavalie of Educational Testing Service will describe an implementation and tryout of the Diagrammar content model for providing long and short descriptions and tactile graphics to students with visual disabilities.

Friday, March 25, 2:20pm PT – Golden Hill AB, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Benetech’s Sue-Ann Ma and DIAGRAM community members Sina Bahram, Volker Sorge and Neil Soiffer will present a session on Math Support Finder, an online tool to help users determine what combinations of tools are needed to make reading math accessible.

Friday, March 25, 3:20pm PT – Golden Hill AB, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Join our newest DIAGRAM staff member, Charles La Pierre, along with Sue-Ann Ma, and DIAGRAM community members Mark Hakkinen and Becky Gibson as they present a session on Diagrammar, the content model standard created by the DIAGRAM Center, which can be used to help make images and graphics accessible to all readers.

Sessions hosted by DIAGRAM community members related to DIAGRAM’s goals:

  • The DAISY Consortium will host a free workshop immediately before the CSUN 2016 conference in San Diego, USA. Members, non-Members and Friends are all welcome. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 22nd, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. If you or your colleagues will be attending this session and have not registered yet, please RSVP to Richard Orme (rorme@outlook.com) by February 26th, 2016. The venue and agenda will be sent by email to all registered attendees.

Wednesday, March 23, 10:00am PT – Golden Hill AB, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Larry Goldberg of Yahoo! Inc., Jeff Wieland of Facebook, Jon Sanford of Georgia Tech CTR for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, Jennison Asuncion of LinkedIn and Eric Bridges of American Council for the Blind will introduce session participants to the Teaching Accessibility Initiative, a higher education, high-tech, and advocacy community partnership focused on mainstreaming digital accessibility within the broader IT industry.

Wednesday, March 23, 1:20pm PT – Golden Hill AB, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Brian MacDonald of National Braille Press will conduction a session presenting research methodologies being used to develop a multi-line braille/graphic tablet that could be used in real time for education.

Wednesday, March 23, 2:20pm PT – Golden Hill AB, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Yue-Ting Siu of SFSU and tplus educational vision services and Valerie Morash of The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute will present research-based strategies to ensure tech developments translate to implementation for development and maintenance of teachers’ toolkits, which are critical to ensure adoption of new technologies.

Wednesday, March 23, 2:20pm PT – Solana Beach B, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Andreas Stefik and William Allee of University of Nevada, Las Vegas are teaming up with Sina Bahram of Prime Access Consulting, Inc. to host a session on a new accessible auditory and visual game and simulation engine built into the Quorum programming language.

Wednesday, March 23, 4:20pm PT – Hillcrest CD, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Ed Summers with SAS will be demonstrating an I iPhone app that allows users of all abilities to access highly-interactive mainstream data visualizations.

Wednesday, March 23, 4:20pm PT – Solana Beach A, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Geoff Freed and Bryan Gould of WGBH/NCAM will present the work NCAM is doing to expand the availability of captions far beyond the TV screen.

Thursday, March 24, 1:20pm PT – Mission Beach AB, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Amy Mason from the National Federation of the Blind and Richard Orme from the DAISY Consortium will present a session on what makes digital reading accessible and which popular platforms currently best support blind and visually impaired students in achieving their educational goals.

Thursday, March 24, 3:20pm PT – Promenade AB, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Volker Sorge from MathJax and University of Birmingham will present and demonstrate MathJax’s new accessibility support features for reflow, voicing, and exploration of Mathematics on the Web based on novel semantic interpretation techniques.

Thursday, March 24, 3:20pm PT – Golden Hill AB, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Ted Gies from Elsevier and Øystein Moseng from Highsoft AS will host a session on the recently collaboration between Elsevier and Highsoft AS to enhance the accessibility of a SVG chart library.

Thursday, March 24, 3:20pm PT – Golden Hill AB, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Valerie Morash and Giovanni Fusco from The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute will host a session on TGH,  a machine-vision based tool that tracks a student’s fingers as he/she explores tactile graphics, and allows the student to gain clarifying audio information.

Friday, March 25, 10:00am PT – Golden Hill AB, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Tripp Narup of Elsevier will be hosting a session on what happens when a publisher creates a book about accessibility written by authors who demand accessible content and the useful, though sometimes painful, lessons learned.

Friday, March 25 – 11am PT – Harbor Ballroom F, 2nd Floor, Harbor Tower
Michael Cooper and Judy Brewer of W3C / WAI, Andrew Kirkpatrick from Adobe and Jim Allan with Texas School for the Blind will be presenting a session on The Web Accessibility Initiative’s new WCAG work and integration of user agent and authoring tool guidance.

Friday, March 25 – 1:20pm PT – Mission Beach AB, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Rick Johnson from VitalSource Technologies, Inc. and Amy Salmon, Rick Bowes and Caesar Eghtesadi from Tech For All, Inc. will be presenting a paper on an accessible EPUB3 content creation pipeline, outline an approach to EPUB3 creation & conversion, and demonstrate creation of accessible EPUB3 content.

Friday, March 25, 2:20pm PT – Solana Beach A, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport
Robin Seaman and DIAGRAM community members Richard Orme and Elaine Ober will present on important new strides that have been made by publishers in creating a shared understanding of what accessibility means in digital publishing, improving ebook accessibility for all.

Other sessions of possible DIAGRAM interest:

Wednesday, March 23, 9:00am PT- Solana Beach B, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
David Wu with Ai Squared will host a session on the experiences of K-12 schools, universities, and libraries who have deployed sitecues for their websites, learning management systems, and individual accommodation.

Wednesday, March 23, 9:00am PT – Solana Beach B, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Ken Petri from The Ohio State University, Web Accessibility Center will host a discussion on criteria and results from a (recently open sourced) matrix comparing web media player accessibility. Includes demonstrations and discussion of key features of players.

Wednesday, March 23, 10:00am PT – Harbor Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Harbor Tower
Samuel S. Dooley and Su. H. Park of Pearson will present a session on a software system for automatic generation of Nemeth Braille from Content MathML and the associated issues, solutions, and implications for Braille encodings for mathematics.

Wednesday, March 23, 11:00am PT – Promenade AB, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Samuel S. Dooley, Dan Brown and Edgar Lozano of Pearson will host a session on a software system for keyboard input of Nemeth Braille that creates Content MathML and the issues, solutions, and opportunities for online Braille for mathematics.

Wednesday, March 23, 11:00am PT – Solana Beach A, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Lily Bond of 3Play Media and Courtney Shewak from George Mason University will present workflows for closed captioning at the university level, using George Mason University as a case study.

Wednesday, March 23, 3:20pm PT – Solana Beach B, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Adina Halter with Comcast will host a session about accessible bar graphs on websites and how to resolve accessibility with HTML/CSS that looks like a graph but reads like tabular data.

Wednesday, March 23, 4:20pm PT- Mission Beach AB, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Betsy Flener of Green River Regional Educational Cooperative and Joni Nygard of Attainment Company will host a presentation that will provide participants with the skills and tools they need to begin making tactile overlays. Various examples of activities and applications will be given.

Thursday, March 24, 8:00am PT – Mission Beach AB, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Betsy Flener of Green River Regional Educational Cooperative and Joni Nygard of Attainment Company will hold a session on Tactile Talk, the first toolkit for iPad that combines tactile symbols with voice output. The rationale, overlays, guidebook, communication/literacy book will be demonstrated.

Thursday, March 24, 9:00am PT – Harbor Ballroom G-AT&T, 2nd Floor, Harbor Tower
Guido Corona and Glenn Bradford of AT&T will present how ARIA, dynamic HTML, standard accessibility techniques, in extensive AT&T multi-platform project, yield superior access automation and consistency to user-friendly desktop and mobile text chat environments.

Thursday, March 24, 9:00am PT – Hillcrest AB, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Phill Deaton from Michigan State University will host a session on how online and blended learning supports numerous learning preferences and supports students with solid accessible learning experience (ALE) design and maintenance.

Thursday, March 24, 10:00am PT – Solana Beach B, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Giovanni Galvez of Telestream will host a session on how faculty, students, and staff can help make classes, school news, and original content accessible with closed captioning.

Thursday, March 24, 11:00am PT – Mission Beach AB, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Nate Evans Phill Deaton from Michigan State University will explore why audio description is a technical and creative problem in higher education and the question of how we develop a framework for writing good audio descriptions for our students.

Thursday, March 24, 11:00am PT – Harbor Ballroom C-IBM, 2nd Floor, Harbor Tower
Becky Gibson with IBM will host a session on how the open standards EPUB format enables a richer user experience and more inclusive access to digital math, interactive documentation, complex layouts, and charts.

Thursday, March 24, 1:20pm PT – Golden Hill AB, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Michael Kolitsky from nextgenEmedia will host a session on how 3D printed talking tactile learning objects from STEAM disciplines explore how virtual environments can be made more real for blind or visually impaired learners.

Thursday, March 24, 1:20pm PT – Solana Beach B, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Nick Green from the SAS Institute will host a session on Techniques for using MathML technology to make equations work well for accessibility (it’s not enough to just deliver MathML instead of bitmap equation images).

Thursday, March 24, 2:20pm PT – Golden Hill AB, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Nicole Johnson from Central Access at Central Washington University will present the methods used for processing visual images in alternative media by analyzing examples of images from a range of subjects.

Thursday, March 24, 2:20pm PT – Cortez Hill C, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Sheryl Burgstahler and Hadi Rangin from the University of Washington will host a session on how we can we help designers of the next generation of innovative learning technologies ensure that they are welcoming to, accessible to, and usable by everyone.

Thursday, March 24, 3:20pm PT – Harbor Ballroom G-AT&T, 2nd Floor, Harbor Tower
Jill Piner from AT&T CATO will highlight the benefits of 3D font in improving reading ability among people with dyslexia.

Friday, March 25, 8:00am PT – Mission Beach AB, 3rd Floor, Between Harbor and Seaport Towers
Samuel S. Dooley and Corey Fauble of Pearson along with Susan Osterhaus from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will present on specific features of braille codes for mathematics and associated consequences for the complexity and cost needed to develop and maintain online mathematical software.

Friday, March 25, 9:00am PT – Cortez Hill C, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower
Nathan Moon from the Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), Georgia Institute of Technology will host a session on how the Georgia STEM Accessibility Alliance integrates electronic mentoring, virtual training, social networking, and personalized learning communities to improve success for students with disabilities.

Friday, March 25, 9:00am PT – Golden Hill AB, 3rd Floor, Seaport Tower 
Ken Perry and Jeanette Wicker from American Printing House and Venkatesh Chari of Orbit Research will be introducing the new Orion TI-30XS Talking Scientific calculator and enhanced accessibility features of the Orion TI-84 including Nemeth output and support for statistical graphs.

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