Events, Trainings, and Accessibility Boutiques

Experts at the Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access offer training events 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.Maryland Department of Disabilities Logo

Accessibility Boutiques and CENA seminars are offered by the National Federation of the Blind thanks to the support of state of Maryland through the Nonvisual Accessibility Initiative grant administered by the Maryland Department of Disabilities.

July 30: Accessible Gaming Boutique

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. eastern via Zoom 

Video games continue to remain extremely popular, and more are being released with accessible features. Furthermore, both the Xbox Series X and Sony PlayStation 5 have full screen readers built into the console. Join the National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Accessibility on Tuesday, July 30 from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. eastern to learn about gaming accessibility. Topics we will cover include:

  • Navigating the Xbox and PlayStation interfaces with a screen reader
  • Accessible games for both consoles and PC (spell out word)
  • Playing games which are not fully accessible

Register for the July 30 Accessible Gaming Boutique today.

August 27: Advanced PDF Tagging Techniques: Forms 

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. eastern via Zoom 

Portable Document Format (PDF) documents are one of the most popular file formats shared today. If you are a daily internet user, you’ve come across a fillable PDF form, and the accessibility of these vary widely. Join the National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Accessibility and a representative from the Maryland Department of Disabilities on August 27 from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. eastern to learn how to create accessible PDF forms. We will cover:

  • Advanced tagging techniques
  • How form fields work in PDFs
  • Testing your PDF for accessibility 

Register today for the August 27 Advanced PDF Tagging for Forms Boutique

September 18: Accessibility in the Classroom and Intro to Manual-Testing 

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. eastern via Zoom 

States are increasingly requiring local schools to make sure their technology is accessible. In Maryland,  law 7-910 outlines the steps schools need to take when evaluating technology for accessibility. Other states are starting to use this law as a blueprint for their own education accessibility laws. Join the National Federation of the Blind on Wednesday, September 18, from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. eastern to learn ways local schools can procure and evaluate accessible software. We will discuss:

  • What it means for software to be accessible
  • Demos of accessible and inaccessible sites
  • How to read and evaluate Voluntary Product Accessibility templates, (VPATS)
  • How to get started testing products for accessibility

Register for the September 18 Education Accessibility seminar today. 

October 1: Native Low-Vision Accessibility Features Mac vs Windows 

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. eastern via Zoom 

It used to be necessary to purchase separate software to enhance computer displays for low-vision users, the software included enhancements like different color options, larger text size, and large focus indicators. Now, many of these features come pre-installed (native) onto your home computers, but how do Mac computers compare to Windows computers? Join the National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Accessibility on October 1, from 2:00 p.m-3:30 p.m. eastern to learn about these low-vision features. We will cover:

  • Native (pre-installed) low-vision features
  • Comparisons between Mac and Windows operating systems
  • Efficiently using each of these features 

Register for the October 1 Mac vs Windows Low-Vision Features Boutique today.

October 29: Using Access Technology to Research and Secure Employment 

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. eastern via Zoom 

Remote work has become more common especially after the lockdown in 2020.  LinkedIn is a powerful website to network and find these remote opportunities, but it may be confusing for new users. As blind and low-vision users, we need to be comfortable with technology to do remote work effectively. The National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Accessibility is here to help you get started! Join us on October 29, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. eastern to learn:

  • An in-depth look at LinkedIn
  • How to use conference software like Zoom with a screen reader
  • How to utilize access technology while working from home

Register for the October 29 Using Access Technology to Research and Secure Employment Boutique today.

November 26: How to Train Friends and Family on a Screen Reader 

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. eastern via Zoom 

Learning access technology can appear daunting to a newly blind person. Finding quality access technology training can also be difficult for several factors. This is where technology savvy friends and family can help someone start learning how to use a screen reader. Join the National Federation of the Blind on Tuesday, November 26, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. eastern to learn how you can teach a friend or family member how to get started with a screen reader. We will cover:

  • How a screen reader works
  • How screen readers present content
  • Common keyboard shortcuts to start with
  • Further training resources to learn how to use multiple screen readers 

Register for the November 26 Teaching Basic Screen Reader Boutique today.

December 18: Accessible Device Showcase

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. eastern via Zoom 

Whether you are buying for yourself or searching for the perfect gift for family or friends, it can be hard to find consumer electronic devices accessible to blind and low-vision individuals. The National Federation of the Blind in partnership with the Maryland Department of Disabilities is hosting an Accessible Device Showcase on December 18, from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. eastern. This showcase will help you write a gift or personal wish list with the latest accessible consumer electronic devices in mind. From smart homes to leisure activities, we will present:

  • Video games
  • Smart home devices
  • Mobile applications
  • Toys and games
  • Home appliances

Register for the December 18 Accessible Device Showcase today.

More Information

Review previous events, trainings, and accessibility boutiques on the Accessibility Boutiques and Seminars Archive page.

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