A Full Recap of ACCESS at Home 2020

June 2, 2020 BY SAMANTHA SAULD

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From May 27-29, 2020 we held our first-ever virtual conference, ACCESS at Home! 🎉

Our team spent months preparing for our annual in-person event, where accessibility enthusiasts from across the country gather together to learn about the latest in web and video accessibility.  

Due to Covid-19, we decided to prioritize our attendees’ safety and shift gears to an online-only conference instead. ACCESS is a super important event to us at 3Play, so the idea of postponing it just wasn’t an option for us because we still wanted to come together as a community. 

We quickly adjusted and planned to ensure the success of our event. Because it was remote, it was a priority to make it engaging, interactive, and most importantly, accessible. As a video accessibility company, we’ve always rallied behind the importance of captioning for engagement and it was great to do that in our first virtual event! 

The conference spanned over three days with a number of sessions led by industry experts and workshops hosted by 3Players. 

ACCESS at Home was our most registered event in 3Play history, with just over 1400 registrants! 

Although we couldn’t meet in person this year, ACCESS at Home was a great time for professionals from every industry to learn, share, engage as a community. In this post, we’ll recap the sessions and workshops from the event in case you might’ve missed them or are just looking for a refresher. 

 

Watch the full ACCESS at Home Sessions and Workshops!

 

ACCESS Sessions

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Video Accessibility Toolkit for Success in a Virtual Environment with Jaclyn Leduc and Samantha Sauld 🧰

We kicked things off with our very own, Jaclyn Leduc and myself, Samantha Sauld. In this session, we showed how to use video accessibility to create an inclusive environment, while also improving your SEO, brand experience, and engagement. 

As our reliance on video grows, so does the need for video accessibility, which is crucial for making online videos accessible to everyone. 

Attendees walked away understanding the importance of video accessibility tools like captioning, audio description, live captioning, interactive transcripts, and how they benefit all viewers, not just those with disabilities. 

This session even came with a free guided workbook so that you can use what you’ve learned in a real-world application.   

Missed the session? You can watch the recording and slide deck here! 

 Watch Video Accessibility Toolkit for Success in a Virtual Environment ➡️ 

 

2020 State of DIgital Accessibility with Tim Springer 📈

In this session, CEO and founder of Level Access, Tim Springer dove into current trends in digital accessibility across all industries.  

Attendees learned the drivers for accessibility, how to create accessible live and recorded videos, who owns accessibility, challenges faced by all departments, and accessibility testing. 

With so much information out there, digital accessibility can seem daunting. This session makes the approach to achieving accessibility simple for any organization in any industry. 

Didn’t get a chance to attend the session? View the full recording and slide deck here!

 Watch 2020 State of Digital Accessibility ➡️ 

 

SPIE: Evolving the Conference Experience with Tim Lamkins 🤝

Tim Lamkins is the Event Manager at The International Society for Optics and Photonics, otherwise known as SPIE. Tim is primarily an event organizer and a publisher of conference proceedings for those who do science and engineering using light. 

With over twenty years of experience, SPIE has evolved to address the myriad of changes and needs of conference constituents. With the impact of current events, you’ll learn everything you need to know about pivoting to an online conference. 

In this session, Tim Lamkins discusses how SPIE shifted their conferences online, how to incorporate transcription and captioning to engage audiences, the benefits of online-only events, and tips and tricks for running successful online events. 

If you happened to miss the session, you can watch the full recording with the slide deck here! 

 Watch SPIE: Evolving the Conference Experience ➡️ 

 

ADA Website Compliance: How to Start and Why it Matters Now with Jason Taylor 🎯

Have you wondered how the ADA applies to websites and how to approach website compliance? If so, this session is just for you! 

In this session, Chief Innovation Strategist of UsableNet, Jason Taylor, shares first-hand how to plan, execute and maintain a successful accessibility strategy for your digital channels.  

Improving the accessibility and user experience of your website doesn’t only help users with disabilities, but it also helps all users. You’ll learn from real-life examples with best practices to follow. 

Catch the full sessions with the recording and slide deck here! 

 Watch ADA Website Compliance: How to Start and Why it Matters Now ➡️ 

 

Mitigating Risk of Website Accessibility Lawsuits with Michelle Landis ⚖️

Accessible360’s co-founder Michelle Landis has been teaching continuing legal education (CLE) classes for several years. In this session, you’ll learn what you can do now to make websites and apps available to more people, and how to reduce your risk of an accessibility lawsuit. 

Attempts to enforce ADA website compliance continues and may be increasing in some businesses with the effects of the pandemic and the push to an all-on-line era. The need to make your websites more accessible to all is not a what of if, but rather when

This session goes in-depth into what a website accessibility lawsuit is, how to achieve ADA compliance, and how Covid-19 is changing the legal landscape. 

View the entire session with the recording and slide deck here!

 Watch Mitigating Risk of Website Accessibility Lawsuits ➡️ 

 

Remote and WFH Video Production Tips with Chris Lavigne 🎥

Our next presenter is far from camera-shy. Chris Lavigne is the Head of Production at Wistia and has years of experience in video production. Chris teaches that it’s not so much about the camera as it is the concept and basic techniques. 

In this session, you’ll learn how to look great on a webcam and how to make a video from home. You’ll even receive tips about video gear to improve your camera, audio, and lighting setup right from your home office! 

Looking to amp up your video production skills? View the full presentation with the recording and slide deck here. 

 Watch Remote and WFH Video Production Tips ➡️ 

 

How to Build an Accessible Presentation with Elisa Edelberg and Sofia Leiva 🎙️

3Play’s very own Elisa Edelberg and Sofia Leiva come together in this session to show others how to build an accessible presentation, including how to choose a conferencing tool. 

In this session, you’ll learn all the elements of building an accessible presentation like audio, color contrast, alt text, and more. 

We’ve also compiled all of these tips into a checklist so that you can always refer to it when you’re creating your next presentation. 

Watch the full session on how to build an accessible presentation here!

 Watch How to Build an Accessible Presentation ➡️ 

 

Your Leaders are Listening: Accessibility in the Time of Covid-19 with Thomas Tobin 📝

Last, but certainly not least, our final session was with Program Area Director of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Thomas Tobin. 

With the Covid-19 pandemic, access barriers to learning affect everyone. This interactive, research-based session with Thomas gives you meaningful tools to radically re-frame UDL away from a disability mindset and toward broader arguments about online learner persistence, retention, and satisfaction. You’ll be able to obtain advocacy and support from your campus and organizational leaders. 

Additionally, learn how to create executive-format messaging that describes learning interactions that save instructors time, encourage innovative ideas, and lower dropout and turnover rates, define evidence that shows how inclusive design gives learners more time and options for study and practice in their busy days, and reframe conversations about UDL to the broad applicability of access via emerging technologies. 

You don’t want to miss this session! Watch the full recording and slide deck here. 

 Watch Your Leaders are Listening: Accessibility in the Time of Covid-19 ➡️ 

 

3Play Workshops

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In addition to the sessions, we also held workshops to create a more intimate and interactive experience with attendees. 

The first workshop is everything you need to know about live automatic captioning. These interactive workshops will show you the basics of live automatic captioning for your meetings and events based on your workflow. 

 Watch the Live Auto Captioning Workshop ➡️ 

 

The second workshop is all about finding your biggest accessibility challenge. Each breakout session discusses the biggest challenges with video accessibility and explores creative solutions. 

 Watch the Video Accessibility Challenge Workshop ➡️ 

 

The third workshop is VIdeo Accessibility with 3Play Media. In these breakout workshops, you’ll choose your path. Want to see a demo or learn what’s new at 3Play? Based on your interest, you’ll be split into breakout rooms to learn more. 

 Watch the 3Play Video Accessibility Workshop ➡️ 

 

Thank you to all of our wonderful speakers and attendees for making our first virtual ACCESS a success! Watch all of the sessions and workshops here 👇 

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