Accessibility Boot Camp


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About the Accessibility Boot Camp

This SIIA pre-conference boot camp is intended for K-12 and Higher Education ed tech companies. Individuals registering for EBF can attend at no charge selecting the event on the EBF registration form. Non-EBF attendees can attend for a small fee – SIIA members $100, non-members $300.

The goal of the training program is to gather ed tech companies – startups, small- and medium-sized companies – for detailed legal and policy presentations to help them understand ed tech accessibility regulatory requirements and industry best practices that meet legal requirements and community expectations.

Presenters and panelists come from schools or districts, the Department of Education, Department of Justice, US Access Board and disability-focused advocacy and policy organizations.

Due to space limitations, attendance is limited to 2 individuals per ed tech company

Who Should Attend?

Earlier this year, federal regulations were updated to require specific accessibility standards of technology adopted by federal agencies. Many states and educational agencies follow these regulations and will soon be requiring that new product adoptions follow these standards. Every ed tech company and product will be affected.

This boot camp will provide a better understanding of federal accessibility laws and technical standards along with best practices to meet the legal requirements and community expectations. Individuals responsible for product accessibility or for compliance with state and federal regulation are invited to attend. These conversations will be particularly valuable to startups and small-sized companies who do not have resources to hire outside technical expertise or internal accessibility personnel.

Agenda – Monday, December 4, 2017

10:00-10:10 Welcome Comments and Introduction

Brendan Desetti, D2L

Sara Kloek, SIIA

10:10-10:30 Hypothetical
10:30-11:15 Section 508 and the Americans with Disabilities Act
The US Access Board and the Department of Justice will provide an overview of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the American’s with Disabilities Act, how they apply to software and digital content developers, and their effect on school districts and institutions of higher education.

Bruce Bailey, US Access Board 

Eve Hill, Brown Goldstein and former Deputy Asst. Attorney General at DOJ

11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:00 Equal Access to a High-Quality Educations
This discussion will cover activities of the US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights in investigating reports of inaccessible school websites and digital content preventing equal access to a high-quality education.

Judith Risch, Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Education

12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:15 Hypothetical
1:15-2:00 View from the Regulators 
This panel will review the legal requirements and desired standards from the government regulatory point of view and will discuss the expectations placed on schools and institutions.

Judith Risch, Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Education
Eve Hill, Brown Goldstein and former Deputy Asst. Attorney General at DOJ
2:00-2:45 WCAG 2.0
This session will cover the technical requirements of the WCAG 2.0 Level AA.

Andrew Kirkpatrick, Adobe & Co-Chair and Editor, WCAG Working Group

Bruce Bailey, US Access Board
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-3:45 Needs of the Buyer: Procurement Policies, Liability, and VPATs 
This session will discuss the legal requirements from the “buyers” (school district or institution) point of view, what technology officers or other district representatives look for, and how vendors can help them meet their legal obligations to students and parents.

Kristine Neuber, George Mason University

Jeanne Imbriale, Baltimore County Public Schools
Debbie Gonzalez, Texas Education Agency
Mark Schneiderman, SchoolMessenger (Moderator)

3:45-4:00 Hypothetical
4:00-4:45 Understanding Student, Advocate, and Policy Concerns 
This panel will present student and other stakeholder perspectives on accessibility, addressing real-world concerns such as time to access materials, incompatibility with assistive technologies, and parent access to K-12 materials.

Gabe Cazares, National Federation of the Blind

Eric Duffy, National Federation of the Blind

Ricki Sabia, National Down Syndrome Congress

 Steve Nordmark, CAST (Moderator)
4:45-5:00 Closing and Next Steps