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February 2013: Training Updates

2013 February 27
by Amaya Webster

Next DIAGRAM Training Webinar
Bryan Gould and Geoff Freed of the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) at WGBH will be presenting the next training webinar in the DIAGRAM series on Thursday April 25 from 9:30-11 a.m. Pacific time (12:30-2 p.m. Eastern). In a special 90-minute presentation for content creators, Bryan and Geoff will discuss best practices for authoring accessible images and integrating them into e-books and DTBs.  Registration will be opening for this webinar next month. To see all past webinars in the series, visit our Training Resources page.

DIAGRAM Outreach Working Group
The second quarterly meeting of the Outreach Working Group took place on February 20, 2013. A standard comprehensive set of PowerPoint slides about the work of the DIAGRAM Center, as well as a one-page Word document with overall talking points has been created. Now, the task is to create specialized talking points and slide sets that target each of our target audiences.

  • K-12 students, teachers, parents, AT professionals: important to make clear to them what resources are available and how they can use them. Encourage them to talk to publishers, administration, and legislators to promote use of the resources.
  • Publishers, authoring software tool-makers: Make them aware of what is possible; tools & information to help them; make clear the universal need and benefits.
  • Policy makers (LEAs, SEAs, school admins, state Education Depts., national education leadership)

We are seeking DIAGRAM Community members who can help us with the policy target audience. Please contact Working Group Chair Julie Noblitt if you are able to advise us about this group.

The Outreach Working Group is excited about the forthcoming accessible images sample book that the Content Working Group is working on now. That will be a very important piece of outreach to our target audiences! Our next meeting will take place in May 2013 on a date to be determined. Full meeting notes are posted on the Community site here. [Note: you must be a registered member of the site to view the notes. Please contact Julie Noblitt at julien [at] benetech [dot] org if you would like registration assistance.]

New Poet Overview Video
Many thanks to Ting Siu of our Outreach Working Group for creating the latest and greatest demo video about Poet, our open-source image description tool. See and hear the video on the DIAGRAM Center YouTube channel. Thank you, Ting!

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