Tech Tuesdays

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Throughout the year, Student Disability Services hosts a workshop series on content accessibility. Each session is an hour and not meant to be exhaustive. It is designed to offer attendees a quick overview of steps that can be taken to make digital content more accessible.

If you have any accessibility concerns or need accommodations for Tech Tuesday events, please contact our office at 607-254-4545 or in advance of the workshop.

This series is designed for beginner-level attendees.

Past Workshops

April 3, 2018 - The Adobe Acrobat Accessibility Checker

Topic: Overview of the Adobe Acrobat Accessibility Checker. A brief demonstration of how it works and why it is important for universal design.

Download presentation: Adobe Acrobat Accessibility Checker (PDF)

April 10, 2018 - The Microsoft Accessibility Checker

Topic: Overview of the Microsoft Office Accessibility Checker. A brief demonstration of how this tool works, and learn about why it is important for universal design. 

Download presentation: Strategies for Creating Accessible Documents in Word (PDF)

April 17, 2018 - Alt Text and Heading Levels in Microsoft Word

Topic: A beginner's guide on how to effectively use heading levels and alt. text in MS Word to create documents that are more accessible and how screen readers use these accessibility features to assist students with visual disabilities.

Download presentation: Alt Text and Heading Levels in Microsoft Word (PDF)

April 24, 2018 - The Importance of Proper Scanning

Topic: Discussion on the importance of properly scanned reading materials. Tips on proper scanning techniques from textbook or physical articles to PDF, including a demonstration of how proper and improper scans affect students that use text-to-speech software. 

Download Presentation: The Importance of Proper Scanning (PDF)

May 8, 2018 - Video Captioning Using YouTube

Topic: Overview of how to use YouTube to add subtitles to your videos. How to upload videos to YouTube, how to edit or create subtitles using the YouTube interface, and how to download subtitle files for use on other video sharing platforms.

Download Presentation: Video Captioning Using YouTube (PDF)

September 11, 2018 - SensusAccess Document Conversion Tool

Topic: Overview on the use of the SensusAccess accessibility tool to create alternate format materials (audio books, e-books, digital large-print, and Braille) and its e-learning course.

September 18, 2018 -  Creating Accessible Word Documents

Topic: Brief demonstration of how to ensure your Word Documents are accessible using the Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker.

September 25, 2018 – Video Captioning Tips

Topic: The basics of video captioning: the difference between good-quality captions and poor-quality captions, and a workflow for creating the high quality captions. 

October 2, 2018 – Links, Headings, and Images… Oh My!

Topic: Learn what to watch for with respect to accessibility when designing and evaluating common web elements, specifically: links, headings, and images. 

October 9, 2018 – JAWS: The User Experience

Topic: Tips and best practices for creating accessible documents and a first-hand demonstration of how people with visual disabilities navigate materials that may not be designed with accessibility in mind.

September 24, 2019 - RedShelf Accessible Course Materials in Canvas

Topic: RedShelf is helping to make education more affordable, more effective, and more accessible by providing digital course materials and an end-to-end content delivery system for distributing those materials. Overview of the features of RedShelf’s eReader platform and why adopting “born accessible” course materials is important for all students.

October 8, 2019 - HathiTrust Equitable Access

Topic: HathiTrust is a service which makes full-text books available digitally to those with print disabilities. Overview of how it can be used by members of the Cornell community with print disabilities.