Welcome to the Montana Accessibility Interest Group
This Accessibility Interest Group was formed to discuss a common need to make higher education's electronic and information technology accessible to all users. These discussions involve various speakers and leaders in the field from around the nation. We hope to discuss a broad array of topics and learn from the work that other campuses and individuals have done. We welcome others who share our interest into these conversations.
The group convenes the first Friday of every month from 10am to 11am Mountain time. We meet via Blackboard Collaborate, so you may use this Blackboard Collaborate link to join the session. You may also dial in by phone by calling 571-392-7703 and using the Conference Number: 967-705-873-315. Please test your computer system prior to the meeting, using this Blackboard Collaborate First Time User website. Recording of previous discussions will be provided on the Resources page.
Presentation date: December 5, 2014
Elaine Ober is the Director of Accessibility for Pearson's global higher education business. She works with editorial and project management teams to make sure that their content is accessible as it is deployed via digital products.
Presentation date: November 7, 2014
Bill Welsh is the Executive Director in the Office of Disability Services at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Bill is a nationally recognized expert in disability services in higher education, with a leadership record that spans over twenty years. Previously, Bill was the Director of the Office for Disability Services at Penn State University for fourteen years.
Presentation date: October 3, 2014
In this talk, Dr. Soiffer will cover the current state of accessible math and present work that is part of a joint Institute of Education Sciences (IES) grant with Educational Testing Services (ETS) that enables accessible math, including both customized speech and navigation of that math, in browsers, Word, and PowerPoint.
Presentation date: September 5, 2014
Timothy McHenry is the Assistive Technology Coordinator for DSS, and a graduate from the University of Montana with a degree in Technical Theatre. He is currently attending the Theatre Grad School pursuing an MFA.