Access, Employment and Learning Technology Showcase Begins Oct. 12

Posted: October 4, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: October 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm

By Aisha Jamil

Mason’s Assistive Technology Initiative will host its first technology showcase on Tuesday, Oct. 12, and Wednesday, Oct. 13, in cooperation with the Office of Equity and Diversity Services and the Office of Disability Services.

This free event will assemble exhibitors and presenters that will focus on assisting individuals with disabilities at home, at school and in the workplace.

More than 40 presenters and exhibitors will offer resources for those who assist individuals with disabilities as well as those with disabilities themselves.

On Oct. 12, the main focus will be on adaptive technology, community resources to support individuals with disabilities and transition issues for students with disabilities.

On the second day, the main emphasis will be on supporting individuals with disabilities in a higher education environment and in seeking employment.

Following is a sample of seminars at this year’s showcase:

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 10 to 10:50 a.m., Johnson Center Third Floor, Room 311B

  • “ACTIV 2.0: Adapted Captioning through Interactive Video for Students with Disabilities.” Presented by Mason’s Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, this program will demonstrate how to enhance video clips by using adapted features such as verbal and visual cuing and interactive hyperlinks.

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 11 to 11:50 a.m., Johnson Center Ground Floor, Gold Room

  • “Disclosing That You Have a Disability.” Presented by the Disability and Business Technical Center, this session will focus on issues relating to disclosing that you have a disability and what resources are available.

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 10 to 10:50 a.m., Johnson Center Third Floor, Room 311D

  • “How to Transcribe and Caption Video Media Content.” Presenter Mike Robichaux from Docsoft will host a workshop on speaker training, adding vocabularies and using the Docsoft proprietary product.

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 4:25 to 5:15 p.m., Johnson Center Third Floor, Room 311C

  • “PAW and CommonLook Demonstration.” Presented by Jeff Howcroft from NetCentric, this workshop will help individuals create accessible documents using Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat.

For more information and a complete schedule of the Access, Employment and Learning Technology Showcase, see the Accessibility @ Mason website.

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