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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Accessibility Workshops for Fall 2018

Accessibility is a priority at Buffalo State, and the Buffalo State Accessibility Team reminds all faculty and staff members that the following accessibilty workshops will be offered this fall. All workshops will meet in Bulger Communication Center 122 unless otherwise stated. Each workshop title or date is linked to the Workshop Registration System. Please click on the title or date to register.

Assistive Technology Resources and Training
Wednesday, September 26
Thursday, September 27
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m

The availability of assistive technology and its use on campus by students, faculty, and staff members are on the rise. This training workshop will provide hands-on experience for attendees to learn to use Texthelp Read&Write and the accessibility features available within the Windows and Mac operating systems. The JAWS screen reader program and Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition programs will be demonstrated to increase the understanding of the functions and how users interact with these tools. Attendees will have an increased knowledge of technical needs to work with all the software.


Making Accessible Content: Word and PDF
Thursday, October 11
10:00–11:30 a.m.

Buffalo State is engaging in an effort to promote accessibility of materials on the web and within all courses. This hands-on session will focus on how to use Microsoft Office Word effectively to create accessible Word files that can be converted to accessible PDFs along with converting scanned image PDF files to accessible formats. Please have access to a Word and PDF document either in OneDrive or on a flash drive that can be used during this session.


Blackboard Ally
Friday, October 19
9:00–10:00 a.m.
Thursday, November 29
12:15–1:15 p.m.

Blackboard Ally is a revolutionary product that focuses on making digital course content more accessible.
Using inclusivity, sustainability, and automation as its key pillars, Blackboard Ally helps you understand and tackle accessibility in a way that benefits all students.


Ensemble Video Advanced
Friday, December 14
9:00–10:00 a.m.

Designed for previous users of Ensemble Video. Learn about recent updates that can make your experience even better including accessibility upgrades, video quizzes, easier sharing, Blackboard interaction enhancements, and more.


A comprehensive list of workshops is available in the Buffalo State Workshop Registration System. You can search for workshops on the topic of accessibility by typing the word "Accessibility" into the search box on the top right of the page.

Submitted by: Melissa J Miszkiewicz