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Recordings: The Accessibility Summit - The Online Web Accessibility Conference

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Ticket Type Price Fee Quantity
The Accessibility Summit Recordings - Individual Ticket
Recorded online September 30, 2010. Available after the event has ended.
$179.00 $0.00
The Accessibility Summit Recordings - Meeting Room Ticket
Recorded online September 30, 2010. Available after the event has ended. Meeting room tickets are great for companies or groups who want to project the Summit in a conference room or auditorium.
$479.00 $0.00

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Why an Online Summit?

  • Attending a conference online means no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead with family, friends or in the office!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!
  • Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want!

About The Accessibility Summit

Creating an open, accessible web is just best practice. With flexible content delivery and usable applications that benefit all of us, the truly Accessible Web is available to everyone all the time, regardless of ability. Spend some time with the Accessibility experts and find the inspiration and practical knowledge you need to make your Web presence truly universal:

  • 9:00 a.m. Christopher Schmitt presents “Accessibility & HTML5”
  • 10:00 am Aaron Gustafson presents “Progressive Enhancement with ARIA”
  • 11:00 am Jared Smith presents “Accessibility & Compatibility”
  • 12:00 pm Marla Erwin presents “Accessible CSS”
  • 1:00 pm LUNCH
  • 1:30 pm Glenda Sims presents “Practical Accessibility Testing”
  • 2:30 pm Daniel Hubbell presents “Future Trends in Accessibility”
  • 3:30 pm Derek Featherstone presents “Mobile Accessibility”
  • 4:30 pm Matt May presents “Is Universal Design Still Possible?”

NOTE that all times are in Eastern Time. (Time zone converter) Schedule subject to change. All presentations will be roughly 45 minutes long with an additional 10 minutes for questions and answers, then a five-minute break while we get ready for the next speaker. 

How Does an Online Conference Work?

Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. Later on, as the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message, with the full schedule and other helpful information to help you take full advantage of your conference-going experience and plan your day.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you’ll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example) and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

Still have questions? We don’t blame you. Contact us at if there’s anything else you’d like to know.

About Our Speakers

Matt May

Matt May

Matt May is a developer, technologist, and accessibility advocate who is responsible for working internally and externally with Adobe product teams and customers to address accessibility in Adobe products, ensure interoperability with assistive technologies, and make customers aware of the many accessibility features that already exist in Adobe products.

Prior to joining Adobe, Matt worked for W3C/WAI on many of the core standards in web accessibility, led the Web Standards Project's Accessibility Task Force, helped to architect one of the first online grocery sites,, and co-founded Blue Flavor, a respected web and mobile design consultancy.
Marla Erwin

Marla Erwin

Marla Erwin ( has over 15 years of experience in web design, and another 10 years of experience with print design, layout and illustration. She currently works as Interactive Art Director for Whole Foods Market Inc., overseeing the design and development of, various Whole Foods microsites, and the company's iPhone apps.

Prior to starting at Whole Foods, she worked as an application interface designer for Vignette and Pluck, and as art director for Archie McPhee, Thought Interactive, and 10 Sharp Design. She consults on usability and accessibility for companies such as Charles Schwab, Halliburton, and the University of Texas at Austin, and is also a frequent speaker on social media for business.

Glenda Sims

Glenda Sims

Glenda Sims is a Senior Systems Analyst at the University of Texas at Austin. As a member of UT Team Web, Glenda helps support the central web site for the University. She serves as an Accessibility and Web Standards Evangelist and the self-appointed Web Accessibility Goddess at UT. Her specialties include information architecture, usability/accessibility testing, handheld wireless devices, technical training and project management.

Glenda is currently a co-manager of the Web Standards Project (WaSP), a grassroots coalition fighting for standards which ensure simple, affordable access to web technologies for all.

Aaron Gustafson

Aaron Gustafson

After getting hooked on the web in 1996 and spending several years pushing pixels and bits for the likes of IBM and Konica Minolta, AARON GUSTAFSON founded Easy! Designs, LLC, a boutique web consultancy. Aaron is a member of The Web Standards Project (WaSP), serves as Technical Editor for A List Apart, is a contributing writer for Digital Web Magazine and MSDN, and has amassed a library of writing and editing credits in the print world, including AdvancED DOM Scripting (Friends of Ed, 2007) and Web Design in a Nutshell (3rd Edition, O'Reilly). In addition to appearing at Rich Web Experience, Aaron is a regular on the web conference circuit and is frequently called upon to provide web standards and JavaScript training in both the public and private sector. He blogs at

Jared Smith

Jared Smith

Jared Smith, M.S., is Director of Education Initiatives and an instructional designer, Web developer, and accessibility trainer for WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind), a project at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. He specializes in training Web developers, IT professionals, and educators in Web accessibility principles and techniques. He has developed accessible course content, Web multimedia, distance education tools, and database-driven Web sites.

Besides providing accessibility training as part of the WebAIM team, he also teaches courses in Macromedia Flash and multimedia development in the Instructional Technology Dept. at Utah State University. He has written a broad range of documents, tutorials, articles, and other materials, many of which are featured on the WebAIM site.

Christopher Schmitt

Christopher Schmitt

The founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm, Christopher is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993. As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs. He is Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) in addition to being a contributing member of its Education Task Force

Author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites and CSS Cookbook, Christopher has also written for New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference.

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About The Sessions

Is Universal Design Still Possible?

by Matt May

The web platform has changed a lot over the last few years. Barely three years ago, the iPhone was the biggest challenge for practitioners of universal design.

In 2010, though, there are phones, tablets, new browsers and almost innumerable operating systems, each with their own capabilities and limits. Not to mention the needs and preferences of seniors and people with disabilities.

How can you create beautiful sites that are accessible by mouse, keyboard, touch and screen reader, while using the best features of HTML5 and CSS3? We will apply the lessons of the iPhone and iPad, learn about the challenges of HTML5, and see what is necessary to create a single site for everyone.

Accessible CSS

by Marla Erwin

Learn CSS that's cool, sneaky, and fun — and best of all, that will make your designs soar without leaving accessibility behind.

  • Fluid, flexible, and fixed width layouts: Learn to love them all
  • Stealth backgrounds: images that expand with your layout
  • Em-based values: the "zoom" feature on steroids
  • Alternate stylesheets: offer great choices, then let the user decide

If you're a designer or developer frustrated by the "limitations" of designing compliant pages, you'll be out of excuses after this entertaining and eye-opening session.

Practical Accessibility Testing

by Glenda Sims

How do you know if your web site is accessible? Can automated testing tools help?

Glenda Sims will share gems from her 10+ years of experience testing sites for accessibility. Equip yourself with free and powerful testing tools. Learn how to turn it up a notch when you need to monitor accessibility across a vast enterprise. See some of the very latest testing tools that will help you evaluate color contrast, dynamic content and WAI-ARIA compliance.

Progressive Enhancement
with ARIA

by Aaron Gustafson

If you've been paying attention for the last few years, you're likely well-versed in progressive enhancement and it's content-out approach to web design, but you may be less familiar with the Accessible Rich Internet Applications spec and how you can leverage its enhanced semantics to provide a truly accessible experience.

In this session, we'll cover the following:

  • Discuss progressive enhancement and where ARIA fits into the mix
  • Examine how ARIA's landmark roles can provide additional clues as to document structure
  • Look at the various roles and states ARIA defines for building accessible widgets
  • Cover how to leverage tabindex in an effort to create a better overall experience when using the keyboard
  • Walk through the construction of an ARIA-enabled widget, from markup to scripting, following the progressive enhancement process

Accessibility & Compatibility

by Jared Smith

With a focus more on what Web developers can do to ensure accessibility and compatibility, Jared Smith overviews how people with disabilities access and use the web and how to ensure optimal compatibility of web content with assistive technology.

Assistive technologies can make disabilities mostly irrelevant on the web, so long as web pages are designed and developed to be compatible with those technologies. So, let's stop disabling our audience and focus on making our Web sites truly accessible.

Accessibility & HTML5

by Christopher Schmitt


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