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Registration Open for Spring Technology Accessibility Training Workshops
Syracuse University seeks to ensure that all people regardless of individual ability or disability can effectively access University communications and technology. Information Technology Services (ITS) is accepting registrations for five training workshops that will build faculty and staff awareness of, sensitivity to and proficiency in ensuring the accessibility of information communications and technologies:
- Creating Accessible Documents
- Creating and Delivering Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
- Creating Accessible Forms
- Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility
- Video Captioning
The workshops will help participants understand accessibility, put it into practice on the job and support the University’s efforts to ensure accessibility of documents, systems and communications across campus. Importantly, the skills learned in these workshops will help content owners comply with the soon-to-be-adopted Universitywide policy on information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility.
Sharon Trerise and Kara Patten from ITS’ Academic Services team will present the workshops. Each session has space for 12 participants. To request disability-related accommodations for any of these workshops, please contact the IT Accessibility Team at 315.443.2143 or email accessibleIT@syr.edu. Please submit requests for accommodations at least a week before the workshop you will attend. All workshops will be held in 001 Steele Hall.
Seating is limited, so register early! There is high demand for this training, so registration is on a first-submitted, first-enrolled basis. Use the links below to register.
Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat DC
This workshop covers the process of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. Upon course completion participants will be able to explain the importance of creating accessible documents and perform the steps necessary to create accessible Word and PDF documents.
The Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat DC will be held on:
- Wednesday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-noon
- Tuesday, March 21, 1-4 p.m.
Creating and Delivering Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
This hands-on workshop is ideal for anyone who creates presentation materials using Microsoft PowerPoint. In the workshop you will learn how to make PowerPoint slides accessible when presenting, creating, distributing or posting presentation materials.
The Creating and Delivering Accessible PowerPoint Presentations workshop will be held:
- Friday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-noon.
- Wednesday, March 29, 9 a.m.-noon
Creating Accessible Forms
This hands-on workshop focuses on creating accessible online forms. The workshop will cover the ins and outs of creating accessible PDF, Frevvo, and WordPress forms.
The Creating Accessible Forms workshop will be held:
- Wednesday, March 1, 1-4 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 4, 9 a.m.-noon.
Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility
This hands-on workshop guides participants through the process of evaluating their current website for accessibility.
The Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility workshop will be held on:
- Thursday, March 9, 1-4 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 12, 9 a.m-noon
This two-part workshop is for anyone who manages, creates or maintains video content. Part 1 covers captioning basics and third-party services; the optional Part 2 covers DIY captioning.
The Video Captioning workshop will be held on:
- Friday, March 17, 9 a.m.-noon
- Thursday, April 27, 1-4 p.m.
If you are interested in learning about ensuring the accessibility of online and mobile applications or other technology services, please send an email to accessibleIT@syr.edu with a description of your interest and with any questions. Your feedback will guide us in the development of future workshops.
For more information and assistance
ITS offers a growing variety of resources to ensure accessibility for all members of the Syracuse University community. Visit the Technology Accessibility web page and check out the Accessible Technology Toolkit. Also, visit ITS’ Walk-in IT Accessibility Help Desk for consultation on related topics, including video captioning, remediation of your PDF, PowerPoint or Word documents to ensure accessibility, and identifying and fixing accessibility issues on your website. This service is available Mondays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ITS Service Center, in room 1-227 Center for Science and Technology.
If you have any further questions about these workshops or other technology accessibility issues, please email accessibleIT@syr.edu or call 315.443.2677.