Registration Now Open for Fall ‘17 Technology Accessibility Training Workshops

Americas, Events, News, September 29 2017

Syracuse University seeks to ensure that all people, regardless of individual ability or disability, can effectively access University communications and technology. Information Technology Services (ITS) is accepting registrations for six training workshops that will build faculty and staff awareness of, sensitivity to and proficiency in ensuring the accessibility of information communications and technologies:

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  • Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Creating and Delivering Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
  • Creating Accessible Documents Using InDesign
  • Creating Accessible Forms
  • Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility
  • Video Captioning

The workshops will help participants understand accessibility, put it into practice on the job and support the University’s efforts to ensure accessibility of documents, systems and communications across campus. Importantly, the skills learned in these workshops will help you realize in your work the University’s commitment to create a more accessible, inclusive campus.

Sharon Trerise and Kara Patten from ITS’s Academic Services team will present the workshops at the dates, times and locations shown below. Each session has space for 12 participants. To request disability-related accommodations for any of these workshops, please contact the IT Accessibility Team at 315.443.2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu. Please submit requests for accommodations at least a week before the workshop you will attend.

 Seating is limited, so register early! There is high demand for this training, so registration is on a first-submitted, first-enrolled basis. Use the links below to register.

About the workshops

For workshop details and to register, visit the Technology Accessibility Workshop page.

All sessions will be held in 001 Steele Hall except Creating Accessible Documents Using InDesign, which will be held in HBC 227.

Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat DC

This workshop covers the process of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. Upon course completion, participants will be able to explain the importance of creating accessible documents and perform the steps necessary to create accessible Word and PDF documents.

The Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat DC workshop will be held on:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11, 9:00 a.m.-noon
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1-4 p.m.

Creating and Delivering Accessible PowerPoint Presentations

 This hands-on workshop is ideal for anyone who creates presentation materials using Microsoft PowerPoint. In the workshop you will learn how to make PowerPoint slides accessible when presenting, creating, distributing or posting presentation materials.

The Creating and Delivering Accessible PowerPoint Presentations workshop will be held:

  • Friday, Oct. 27 9 a.m.-noon

Creating Accessible Forms

 This hands-on workshop focuses on creating accessible online forms. The workshop will cover the ins and outs of creating accessible PDF, Frevvo and WordPress forms.

The Creating Accessible Forms workshop will be held:

  • Thursday, Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-noon

Creating Accessible Documents Using InDesign

This workshop will cover core InDesign accessibility concepts and specific best practices for document accessibility.  Topics covered include:  creating and mapping styles and tags; establishing reading order; creating forms; and conversion to PDF.

The Creating Accessible Documents Using InDesign workshop will be held:

  • Friday, Oct.20, 9 a.m.-noon (227 HBC)

 Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility

This hands-on workshop guides participants through the process of evaluating their current website for accessibility.

The Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility workshop will be held:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29, 1-4 p.m.

Video Captioning

This two-part workshop is for anyone who manages, creates or maintains video content. Part 1 covers captioning basics and third-party services; the optional Part 2 covers DIY captioning.

The Video Captioning workshop will be held on:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-noon

For workshop details and to register, visit the Technology Accessibility Workshop page.

For more information and assistance

ITS offers a growing variety of resources to ensure accessibility for all members of the Syracuse University community. Visit the Technology Accessibility web page and check out the Accessible Technology Toolkit. Lynda.syr.edu has Accessibility Training and Tutorials among its online video courses, including how to make your sites friendly to screen readers and assistive technology, how to use proper markup and web standard compliance to make sites more accessible and search engine-friendly and more.

If you have any further questions about these workshops or other technology accessibility issues or want to arrange a consultation on related topics, including video captioning, remediation of your PDF, PowerPoint or Word documents to ensure accessibility and identifying and fixing accessibility issues on your website, please email accessibleIT@syr.edu or call 315.443.2677.

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