Workshop Details

Is my .edu accessible?

WRK5 Workshops Track

Skyline II

SUNDAY, 1:00 - 4:30 PM

Let’s face it, your website must be accessible to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. But do you know how to spot accessibility barriers? This workshop will arm you with the accessibility avenger tool belt. Don’t have a budget for accessibility? This workshop will focus on free tools. By the end of this session, you will feel like you have accessibility heat vision! You will know how to quickly test a page to see if it is accessible. If you are new to accessibility, you will gain valuable insight into testing techniques and leave this workshop knowing how to invoke the Accessibility Easy Button. Even if you have been around a while, this workshop will provide new testing techniques for quickly evaluating your websites.


Terrill Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington

Terrill Thompson is technology accessibility specialist with the University of Washington. In this role, he works to promote information technology accessibility throughout the institution by working collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders on campus and around the world. Thompson has twenty years experience in the IT accessibility field, and has presented at numerous conferences and consulted widely with government, private industry, and K-12 and postsecondary education entities on IT accessibility issues.

Ken Petri
Program Director, Web Accessibility Center, The Ohio State University

Ken has been the director of the The Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center since 2005. He consults across the university on IT accessibility issues, including the accessibility of web sites and applications, video and audio content, and accessible document creation. He gives workshops on these and related topics, including web accessibility evaluation and web programming techniques. Ken has worked on many enterprise-level purchasing procedures for the university, influencing purchasing decisions to help ensure technologies are usable by students, staff, and faculty, regardless of ability. And he collaborates with administration at many levels to help shape the university's strategic approach to IT accessibility. He also enjoys web programming and, when he can, will shirk other responsibilities in order to code. Before he started working with computers and the web, he was pursuing a PhD in English. Go figure.... Together with his lovely wife and daughter, he tries to manage a house filled with four cats and an extremely dense 90-lbs pit bull. Fantasy?: Cross-country motorcycle camping.