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Teaching and Outreach demonstrates the benefits of assistive technologies and the results of AT research.

In the Classroom and Beyond

Every year, the AT Lab conducts a number of one-time classroom lectures for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students. In addition to lectures, Teaching and Outreach has worked with a variety of outreach programs that demonstrate AT for people with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Professional Development

Through Networked Learning Initiatives, we also offer professional development for faculty, staff and graduate students on accessibility in the classroom. Participants will gain knowledge of tools and techniques for creating accessible instructional materials/activities, as well as the practical experience necessary to design and create accessible and inclusive learning environments. The course offerings for 2016-2017 are:

Accessibility Made Conscious

An introduction to accessibility and assistive technologies designed to help participants identify pre-existing knowledge about accessibility as well as the accessibility features built-in to the Windows and Mac operating systems.

Exploring Built-in Accessibility

A continuation of the exploration of accessibility features and assistive technologies built-in to the Windows and Mac operating systems, participants will actively explore the features and practice using accessibility features.

Accessible Documents by Design

Participants will use materials they have previously created to learn how to use application based accessibility checkers. Additionally, participants will use the guidelines of document accessibility to create new documents.

Accessibility in the Blended Classroom or  Accessibility in the Flipped Classroom

Practice is key to creating accessible and inclusive learning environments. To that end participants will actively explore ways to use the concepts of Universal Design for Learning and its role in promoting accessibility.

Captioning Tools and Techniques

As the integration of multimedia into the learning environment continues, the demand for transcripts, closed captions, and/or subtitles continues to increase. Captions make audio and video perceivable to those with hearing loss and understandable to a much wider audience in general. Participants will create closed captions for a short video

PDF Accessibility

PDFs have become the currency of our digital communications. However, creating and tagging PDFs to be understood by assistive technologies takes knowledge and practice. In this workshop participants learn how to: tag, set heading levels, create alt-text, adjust reading order and adjust the security of their PDF documents.

Speech Recognition

The power of speech recognition goes beyond asking your phone for directions to dinner. In this workshop participants learn the function and commands necessary to dictate and control the computer via voice.

For details about upcoming professional development opportunities view our workshop schedule.

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