All sessions are 90 minutes in length and real-time captioned

UpComing Sessions

March 26, 2015 2:30pm ET
Topic : Connecting All People to "Places:" Content and Design Considerations for App Accessibility

Description :

Planning for accessibility at the beginning of any project is critical. This same principle holds true for mobile applications. During the development of their "Places" app, the National Park Service knew from the beginning that the app would need to be accessible in its operation. They also planned for the delivery of automatically triggered audio description at outdoor exhibit panels and significant places on the landscape. What couldn't be planned was how the accessibility features and operation would change the app itself in addition to the perspectives of the programmers and designers working on the project. Our presenters will use the "Places" app to discuss what everyone should think about during the planning and execution of making mobile apps accessible.

Presenter :
·John Tobiason - Digital and Social Media Specialist, Harpers Ferry Center for Media Services, National Park Service
John provides field support and strategies for digital and social media, mobile app development and standards support, networks with the industry, provides digital media training, consults on various projects, and is the clearinghouse for digital media in the NPS. He is also the co-chair of the NPS Web Council and manages the national online junior ranger program WebRangers.
·Michele Hartley - Media Accessibility Coordinator, Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service

Michele began working for the Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service in 2000. During the first 10 years, she focused on multimedia and video production and became the Acting Deputy Associate Manager of HFC's Audiovisual Group in January, 2009. In the fall of 2010, she accepted the newly created Media Accessibility Coordinator position at HFC and now provides technical assistance, outreach, training, and resources to staff and parks.

Her accessibility projects include written service-wide recommendations for open captions, revisions to sections of the Programmatic Accessibility Guidelines for National Park Service Interpretive Media, consultation and supervision during the service-wide captioning, audio description and assistive listening initiative, and coordination and development of audio description training. She has served on HFC's Accessibility Committee since 2003 and the NPS Service-Wide Accessibility Coordinating Committee since 2010. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in Folk Studies with a focus on working in the public sector from Western Kentucky University.

Continuing Education Recognition:
  • Certificate Of Attendance (1.5 credits)
 

Previous Sessions

Below are the previous Sessions. Click on the topic of the session to access the Archives.

January 22, 2015 2:30pm ET
Topic :Inexpensive Options for Access

Description :

Don't buy into the idea that accessibility is too expensive! Join us for this webinar to find out about inexpensive, quick fixes that can make a venue more welcoming to people with disabilities. In the second part of the webinar, we'll take time to brainstorm creative solutions.

Presenter :
·Marian Vessels - Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
Marian is the Director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, a project of TransCen Inc. Serving in this role since 1996, she has been the liaison with entities and disability coalitions in the six-state Mid-Atlantic Region (DC, DE, MD PA VA, WV). The Center is one of 10 regional centers comprising the ADA National Network which is funded by the US Department of Education providing information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Among her primary areas of expertise are training and guidance on ADA as it relates to employment, state and local government, arts and hospitality.
Continuing Education Recognition:
  • Certificate Of Attendance (1.5 credits)
December 10, 2013 2:00pm ET
Topic :Experience Preference Theory as a New Way to Understand and Respond to Diversity

Description :

This session will describe recent research on a new theory of the types of experiences that people prefer. The theory is called IPOP after the four key dimensions it addresses: Idea (conceptual), People (emotional), Object (visual/aesthetic), and Physical (somatic sensation). Data collected from thousands of Smithsonian museum visitors shows how these preferences influence behavior and responses in museums. A museum that wishes to serve all its visitors, including those with disabilities, needs to be aware of these preferences among its visitors, to realize how the experience preferences of staff affect what is made available, and to find ways to use this new understanding to serve visitors better.

Presenter :
·Andrew J. Pekarik - Senior Research Analyst, Smithsonian Institution
Andrew J. Pekarik is Senior Research Analyst in the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Policy and Analysis. He began his career as a curator and museum administrator, and for the past 20 years he has been studying visitors in Smithsonian museums. The IPOP theory grew out of this direct experience with visitors and is being developed scientifically in collaboration with James B. Schreiber, a Professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Research at Duquesne University, and former Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Experimental Education and The Journal of Educational Research.
September 25, 2013 2:00pm ET
Topic :Part Two: Sensory-Programs at Work

Description :

By examining several case studies, presenters will explore the ‘decision points’ one hits along the way in planning a sensory-friendly experience in a museum, theater, and outdoor setting. Presenters will review the different approaches and the pros and cons for each giving participants the tools they need to develop a program within their own community.

Presenter :
·Roger Ideishi - University of the Sciences
·Jan Wintrol - The Ivymount School
September 11, 2013 2:00pm ET
Topic :Part One: Strategies for Welcoming People with Autism and Other Sensory Sensitivities

Description :

This webinar will provide an overview and introduction to autism; general strategies for making public spaces more accessible to people with autism or other sensory sensitivities; and examine the need for specific programming or outreach efforts.

Presenter :
·Roger Ideishi - University of the Sciences
·Jan Wintrol - The Ivymount School
July 10, 2013 2:00pm ET
Topic :Transition Planning: The Dynamic Process for Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Description :

Both Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require state, local and federal entities to develop Transition Plans for the removal of architectural and communication barriers to participation by people with disabilities. But what does a Transition Plan look like? More importantly, what should be the process for developing and administering a successful Transition Plan? Join John Wodatch, former Disability Section Chief at the Department of Justice, and a guest panel of Accessibility Coordinators from park and recreation entities. Learn how each Transition Plan is as unique as the entity developing it, what they used as guiding principles for prioritizing barrier removal, and other secrets to successful implementation.

Presenter :
·John Wodatch - Former Section Chief, Disability Rights Section, U.S. Department of Justice
·Cheri Murdock - Accessibility Program Lead Analyst, Yosemite National Park
·Carole Fraser - Universal Access Program Coordinator, New York Department of Environmental Conservation
May 29, 2013 2:00pm ET
Note:This session was originally scheduled for May 22, 2013. Due to technical difficulties this session was cancelled.If you registered for the May 22nd session you do not need to re-register

Topic :Program Access in Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Description :

Practitioners often mistake the “program access” standard for only activities requiring advance registration, structured schedules and staffed by personnel or volunteers. However, “program access” really extends to the entire realm of opportunities, experiences and benefits. How does the program access standard in Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act apply to parks, recreation and places of tourism? In addition what does the provision for readily accessible and usable goods and services mean for places of public accommodation (Title III)? This session brings together two of the foremost national experts on program access, John Wodatch, former Disability Section Chief at the Department of Justice, and Ray Bloomer, Accessibility Specialist with the National Park Service, and Director of Education at the National Center on Accessibility. From national parks to river boat cruises, museums to fitness centers, wildlife refuges to performing arts theaters what should every service provider in recreation and tourism know about program access for inclusion of people with disabilities? Join John and Ray for a candid discussion of the program access standard.

Presenter :
·John Wodatch - Former Section Chief, Disability Rights Section, U.S. Department of Justice
·Ray Bloomer - Accessibility Specialist National Park Service and Director of Education, National Center on Accessibility