Get to Know the Speakers for ACCESS at Home

Updated: May 18, 2020

ACCESS at Home is just two weeks away!

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ACCESS at Home was created to give you the tools to confidently navigate a virtual environment. Each session is focused on a different challenge that we are all facing as we shift our communications online due to COVID-19.

We have an amazing lineup of speakers, are you ready to meet them?

Thomas Tobin

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Thomas J. Tobin, PhD, MSLS, PMP, MOT, CPACC is the Program Area Director for Distance Teaching
Learning on the Learning Design, Development, & Innovation (LDDI) team at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an internationally recognized speaker and author on quality in technology-enhanced education.

His books include:

  • Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices (2015).
  • The Copyright Ninja: Rise of the Ninja (2017).
  • Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education (2018).
  • Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers (2020).

Your Leaders are Listening: Accessibility in the Time of COVID-19

On Friday, May 29 l 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

This interactive, research-based session gives you meaningful tools to radically re-frame UDL
away from a disability mindset and toward broader mobile-device access arguments about online
learner persistence, retention, and satisfaction, to obtain advocacy and support from your campus
and organizational leaders.

Michele Landis

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Michele Landis is an accessibility industry leader and ADA policy strategist. She is also the co-founder and CRO of Accessible360, a court-certified digital accessibility auditing firm and leader in user accessibility testing.

Mitigating Risk of Website Accessibility Lawsuits

On Thursday, May 28 l 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ET

In this session, Michele will discuss how COVID-19 has transformed the accessibility landscape and how to ensure all your communications are ADA compliant.

Chris Lavigne

Chris Lavigne

Chris Lavigne is the Head of Production at Wistia. He has dubbed the lighting technique, “lighting on the fly” and has proven that it’s not so much about the camera as it is the concept and basic techniques. Chris thrives on using creativity to work around constraints (think video for boring industries) and showing others how to ‘get loose’. When he’s not camera-in-hand, you can find him behind the wheel of a backhoe, snuggling with his dog Lenny, or reciting lines from Jurassic Park.

Catch Chris Presenting: Remote and WFH Video Production Tips

On Thursday, May 28 l 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Chris from Wistia will share tips about video gear to improve your camera, audio, and lighting setup in your home office.

Tim Springer

Tim Springer

Tim Springer is the CEO and founder of Level Access, a leader in digital accessibility software, services, and training. Tim advises many large public and private sector organizations including the Social Security Administration, HP and Wells Fargo Bank, on the technical challenges and best practices required to successfully achieve accessibility.

State of Digital Accessibility in 2020

On Wednesday, May 27 l 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ET

In this session, you will look at current trends in digital accessibility across all industries, while understanding the drivers for accessibility, who owns accessibility, and the challenges faced by all departments.

Justin Romack

Justin Romack

Justin Romack is an Assistive Technology Coordinator at Texas A&M. He’s also a storyteller and creative, accessibility professional and drummer and percussionist, Justin stays busy tinkering with words, wrangling code and making thunderous, percussive sounds any time he can.

How to Choose and Accessible Conferencing Tool

On Friday, May 29 l 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

In this session, you will learn what to consider when choosing an accessible conferencing tool. You’ll learn what to look for in a conferencing tool, what the most accessible tools are, and why accessible conferencing tools improve the experience for everyone.

Jason Taylor

Jason Taylor

Jason Taylor is the Chief Strategist at ISL and Advisor to the UsableNet CEO with 20 years of experience in usability and accessibility. He is a global technology thought leader for multichannel customer engagement, actively advising leading companies on how to extend their brands across multiple channels for all users.

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

On Thursday, May 28 l 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

In this session, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to plan, execute and maintain a successful accessibility strategy for your digital channels.

Tim Lamkins

Tim Lamkins

Tim Lamkins is a former optical engineer who became enamored with publishing. Tim runs SPIE’s highly successful event program, both online and offline. SPIE Press is the largest independent not-for-profit publisher of optics and photonics books.

How SPIE Shifted to Online-Only Events

On Wednesday, May 27 l 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

In this session, Tim, SPIE’s Event Manager, will show you how SPIE transformed their in-person conferences to engaging, online events.

Jaclyn Leduc

Jaclyn leduc

Jaclyn is a Content Marketing Specialist at 3Play Media where she contributes to 3Play’s robust content library. Whether it’s a blog post, an email, a web page, or a webinar, she writes show people the value of accessibility in an engaging and approachable way. Outside of work, you’ll find her with my nose in a book, baking homemade treats, or hanging out with her bestie (aka her dog).

Video Accessibility Toolkit for Success in a Virtual Environment

On Wednesday, May 27 l 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

In this session, you will learn how to use video accessibility to create an inclusive environment, while also improving your SEO, brand experience, and engagement.

Samantha Sauld

Samantha Sauld

Samantha is a Content Marketing Specialist at 3Play Media. She writes about web and video accessibility. Sam is also passionate about psychology, branding, and media. Outside of the office, you can find her snuggled up with a book, experimenting with new food recipes, or pushing herself to try difficult yoga poses.

Video Accessibility Toolkit for Success in a Virtual Environment

On Wednesday, May 27 l 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

In this session, you will learn how to use video accessibility to create an inclusive environment, while also improving your SEO, brand experience, and engagement.

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