Events, Trainings, and Accessibility Boutiques

Experts at the Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access offer various training events throughout the year to share best practices in web accessibility and access technology. Below is a list of the events by date. We host conferences, seminars, and accessibility boutiques.

May 31: Busting Myths Surrounding Hiring the Blind

Tuesday, May 31, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. eastern time

On Tuesday, May 31 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. eastern time, the Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Accessibility will seek to dispel myths around blind people in the workplace. For this Accessibility Boutique, we will host a panel discussion with industry leaders and experts on blindness in the state of Maryland.

  • Ronza Othman, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
  • Kristin Patterson of the Maryland Department of Labor
  • Kevan Worley of Worley Enterprises
  • Maurice Peret, Career Mentoring & Employment Programs at the National Federation of the Blind

Let us address your concerns at this boutique. 

Register for our Busting Myths Surrounding Hiring the Blind boutique.

June 15: Online Learning Platforms Seminar

Wednesday, June 15, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. eastern time | Details coming soon. Register for our Online Learning Platforms Seminar.

June 28: Intro to Linux for Blind Users/Social Media Accessibility Boutique

Tuesday, June 28, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. eastern time | Details coming soon. Register for our Intro to Linux for Blind Users/Social Media Accessibility boutique.

Previous Events

Braille for Beginners

What is Braille? It is a logical and versatile system for reading and writing. Learn about the use of Braille for education, employment, entertainment, and the many aspects of life! Translation software is available as a tool to assist in the creation of complete, accurate, navigable, and timely Braille documents. On Tuesday, April 26, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. eastern time, when we covered the basics about Braille. We discussed the following:

  • Braille—how it works, how it is used
  • Steps for producing braille documents
  • Introduction to BrailleBlaster, free braille translation software

… and more. Recording and materials coming soon.

Beyond the Web Page: Strategies for Using Web Applications with Screen Readers

The lines between desktop and web applications overlap as new technologies are developed. This results in web pages that behave like desktop programs and desktop programs that behave like web pages. This increases complexity for screen reader users as long established routines and expected behaviors no longer work. Screen reader users must adapt to changing workflows and new behaviors on the fly more than ever before. The National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Accessibility present on Tuesday February 22, 2022 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. eastern via Zoom tips and strategies for navigating complex web sites and web applications with a screen reader. Topics covered:

  • recognizing when something is more than just a web page
  • finding documentation and keyboard shortcuts
  • screen reader tips for interacting with complex web applications
  • commonly encountered issues and how to deal with them
  • and more.

Recording and materials coming soon.

Excel and PowerPoint Document Accessibility Boutique

Learning how to use certain tools in Excel and PowerPoint can seem complicated at first, especially if you are a screen reader user. However, these are common documents used in schools, organizations, and volunteer work. Microsoft Office provides tools for screen reader users to create accessible documents. We covered:

  • Excel
    • Pivot tables
    • Building graphs
    • Using filters
  • PowerPoint
    • Adding alternative text
    • Adding multimedia
    • Presenting as a screen reader user

… and more. Recording and materials coming soon.

Overview of Collaboration Tools Seminar

Businesses and teams of all types continue to collaborate and work together online with project management tools and other collaboration platforms. These platforms enable teams in widely distributed areas to work seamlessly with each other. The National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access compared the accessibility of several of the top collaboration services. We will review Slack, Microsoft Teams, Trello, and Discord. For each service, topics we covered:

  • Initial setup
  • Creating projects
  • Chatting among team members
  • Sharing files
  • And more

Recording and materials coming soon.

More Information

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