2009 South Carolina IT and Web Accessibility Conference

The Real World of Web/IT Accessibility and Assistive Technology

(left to right): Mark Gamble, Clay Jeffcoat, Janet Jendron, Sam Hahn, Allison Yeager, Nathan Hogue, Grace Strother, Leslie Brown, Tina Winter, Jim Debus, Will McCain, Mary Alice Bechtler

Watch the interview done with some of the Web Testers during the conference.

Download a flyer for the workshop (PDF)

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Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Location: SC State Archives and History

On September 22, 2009, ATAC hosted a conference intended to show attendees real-life examples of people who use Assistive Technology to access computers and the internet. Speakers from around the state demonstrated various technologies including screen readers and screen enlargers, which they use in accessing Internet and other electronic information. The conference addressed usability vs. accessibility and the basics of designing for accessibility. Speakers also showed examples of positive and not-so-positive design. There was active discussion with the speakers about what works, what doesn't work, and how they solve problems when accessing electronic information (the Web, Word, and PDF documents).

This workshop was generated as a follow up to a Web Testers Pilot Program, conducted by the SC Assistive Technology Program and the SC Assistive Technology Advisory Committee, under the S.C. State Budget & Control Board, to train both people who use assistive technology and those who don't, in the evaluation of state agency web pages for accessibility and usability.

Grace Strother demonstrates the use of ZoomText with a screenreader, to navigate a web page


  • 8:30 – 9:00 - Registration
  • 9:00 - First Door Prize Drawing (the winner chooses from the selection of prizes)
  • 9:05 – 9:25 - ATAC Web Testers Pilot Program: Janet Jendron
  • 9:30 – 11:45 (with short break in between) -
    • Demonstrations and Discussions: What makes Web Pages easier? What causes frustration? What are some simple design solutions for these challenges?
      • Demonstration of JAWS (Clay Jeffcoat) on Web Pages
      • Demonstration of ZoomText (Grace Strother) on Web Pages
      • Demonstration of Kurzweil (Jim Debus) on Web Pages
    • The demonstrations will briefly cover issues such as skip navigation links, Flash, Drop navigation menus, appropriate alt text, meaningful link text, online forms, layout tables, data tables, video captioning CSS, and heading structure. We'll have questions and comments from CB Averitt, Cheryl Kirkpatrick, Wendy Mullin, Sam Hahn on web design techniques that could address problems.
  • 11:45 – 1:15 - Lunch
  • 1:15 - Door Prize Drawing
  • 1:20 – 1:50 - Cool Tools: Demonstration of the Web Accessibility Toolbar and Web Developer’s Toolbar (Allison Yeager)
  • 2:00 – 3:30 -
    • Demonstrations and Discussion: What makes PDFs and Word Docs easier to access? What causes frustration? What are some simple design solutions for these challenges? Questions and Comments from CB Averitt, Cheryl Kirkpatrick, Wendy Mullin, Sam Hahn on formatting issues that could address problems.
      • Demonstration of JAWS (Clay Jeffcoat)
      • Demonstration of ZoomText (Grace Strother)
      • Demonstration of Kurzweil (Jim Debus)
  • 3:30 – Door Prize Drawing

At lunch, we discussed issues surrounding web access for people who use assistive technology, along with the challenges web designers face. left to right: Clay Jeffcoat, Grace Strother, Jim Debus, Janet Jendron, Tina Winter


Contact one of the following members of the IT and Web Accessibility Conference Committee:

  • Janet Jendron, South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP) (Chair of the 2008 Accessibility Conference Committee)
  • Wendy Mullin, University of South Carolina

More Pictures

left to right Michelle Eason, Mary Alice Bechtler, Wendy Mullin, Cheryl Kirkpatrick

Janet Jendron gives out door prizes

Jim Debus, Janet Jendron, Tina Winter and Allison Yeager discuss how agencies used reports from the "Web Testers Pilot Program."

Clay Jeffcoat talks about using JAWS to access the Internet.

Left to right, Sam Hahn, Tina Winter, Nathan Hogue, Janet Jendron, Kevin Pondy, Wendy Mullin, C.B. Averitt, Mary Alice Bechtler, Lydia Durham

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