The National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence and the Maryland Technology Assistance Program


Web Accessibility Training Day

September 9, 2014


National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
200 E. Wells Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230


The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute is thrilled to announce that on September 9 we will be co-hosting another Web Accessibility Training Day with the Maryland Technology Assistance Program. The event will be conducted as part of the newly launched NFB Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access to Education, Public Information, and Commerce, as part of its training initiative. The Center of Excellence serves to share the considerable knowledge that the NFB and its partners have of web accessibility in order to bring about greater accessibility in government, education, and business; to promote best practices nationally; and to build Maryland’s status as leader in the field.

During the Web Accessibility Training Day, the day will be divided into general sessions in the morning and technical and policy tracks in the afternoon. The session schedule is below.


The session materials are now available. The recordings of each of the sessions are now also available; they are linked from their respective entries in the session schedule below. Please note the due to a technical fault the beginning of the panels on enterprise and education implementations, as well as Louis Cheng's session on Google's MOOC, is missing. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Session schedule:

General sessions:

8 am: Introductory Remarks by the National Federation of the Blind and Maryland Technology Assistance Program Executives
8.30 – 9.25 A.M.: Accessibility: The Natural Outcome of Innovative and Inclusive Business, Eve Hill (Department of Justice)
9.40 – 10.45 A.M.: Panel on Enterprise Implementation of Accessibility, Tony Olivero (Humana), Peter Wallack (Oracle), Steve Sawczyn (Deque)
11A.M. – 12.05 P.M.: Panel on Education Implementation of Accessibility, Kara Zirkle (George Mason University), Janna Cameron (Desire2Learn), Cheryl Pruitt, Susan Cullen (California State University)


12.05 P.M. – 1.35 P.M.: Lunch break and Exhibits


Afternoon sessions (policy):

1.35 – 2.35 P.M.: The Trusted Tester Program, Bill Peterson (Department of Homeland Security)
2.50 – 3.50 P.M.: Making an Accessible Online Ballot Marking System, Nikki Charlson (Maryland State Board of Elections)
4 – 5 P.M.: The Section 508 Refresh, Timothy Creagan (US Access Board)


Afternoon session (technical):

1.35 – 2.35 P.M.: PDF Accessibility in an Enterprise Setting, Shannon Kelly (Actuate)
2.50 – 3.50 P.M: HTML5 Accessible Design, Paul Bohman, Preety Kumar (Deque Systems)
4 – 5 P.M.: Google MOOC Introduction to Web Accessibility, Louis Cheng (Google)



Registration is now closed. There will be no on-site registration.

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For further information please contact Clara Van Gerven at 410-659-9314 ext. 2410 or at