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Here are the descriptions for the Section 508 sessions.

Auburn University Conference on Disability Issues 2006

David Baquis, U.S. Access Board
David Baquis is an Accessibility Specialist in technology with the U.S. Access Board, where he provides technical assistance on Sections 508 and 255 and is closely involved with the current effort to update those standard and guidelines. He delivers presentations on electronic and information technology, including telecommunications; writes technical assistance materials and responds to public inquiries. His background reflects experience in technology, public policy, disability issues and consumer education.

*Section 508 Standards and Information Technology Access
A landscape of barriers face people with disabilities as they use various types of electronic and information technologies. Provisions from the Section 508 Standards will illustrate accessible product design, including direct and compatible solutions. The difference between compliance and conformance will be clarified. Most importantly, this seminar will distinguish accessibility from accommodations. The significance of public policy drivers for accessibility will be underscored. Learn about functional performance criteria, exceptions, complaint remediation and other 508 issues. Leave understanding multiple reasons why technology accessibility is important and know where to turn for technical assistance. Internet resources, such as the Accessibility Wizard, will be highlighted. Bring your questions. How do you deal with distance learning and learning management systems? Which components of the university system might you invite to participate in an accessibility advisory committee? Does 508 apply to IPODs and podcasts? If a product is not perfectly accessible, does that mean you are not allowed to buy it? What does audio description sound like?

*Telecommunications Access: Resources and Rulemaking
Disability barriers in telecommunications products are often overlooked due to their invisible nature. This seminar will review specific requirements for product design and illustrate the complementary relationship between assistive technology and accessible information/communication technology. Examples will show benefits to people with a range of disabilities. You will learn terms such as HAC, VCO and IVR. Participants will be encouraged to think about how telecommunications systems impact student/faculty/staff/guest populations, school activities, and university departments, on and off campus. Feedback on specific technical provisions will be welcomed as the Access Board looks to refresh their 255 Guidelines and 508 Standards.

*Website Accessibility
This will not be an advanced-level “how to” class. However, let’s discuss frequently asked questions, such as: How much information really needs to be in a text equivalent? Is web access only about helping people who are blind? Can you disregard accessibility if you don’t think anyone with a disability will read the web content? How can a university manage accessibility of regularly changing web content? Who is responsible for ensuring that web pages are accessible? How do you test web pages for accessibility? Should you buy a commercial web evaluation and repair tool? Should you use WAI Guidelines or the 508 Standards? How do you make PDFs accessible? Do you have to go back and make legacy web pages accessible? What questions should you ask a contractor who is developing web pages for you? What should you tell web document authors in advance of their submissions? Why should every student in the university learn a little about web accessibility? Can you post a transcript instead of captioning a video? What if you can read it with one screen reader but not with the competing AT brands? What’s a captcha?