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June 19, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Presented by: Hannah Wente and Jim Denham of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired, and Stacy Harbaugh of designCraft
Have you ever wondered how your content is accessed by people who are blind or visually impaired? As web accessibility and creating inclusive communities becomes more prevalent, it’s vital to evaluate what you’re doing each day on social media to ensure everyone can participate. People often do not know where to start in making posts accessible. In this session, we’ll give you the tools you need to take the first step. This will include demonstrations of some of the assistive technology so you can learn how people with disabilities access social media platforms. Whether you’re an alt text novice or could write image descriptions in your sleep—this is for you!
Hannah manages communications, public relations, graphic design and marketing activities for the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired. She joined the Council in July 2018. Over the past decade, she has held marketing communications positions at the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, American Parkinson Disease Association, SSM Health and REAP Food Group. She studied health communication at the University of Sydney in Australia and received her Master of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her free time, she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, paddleboarding and practicing yoga.
Jim Denham conducts technology assessments and provides training on a wide array of tools such as screen readers, screen magnification software, smartphones and refreshable braille displays. Being blind himself, Jim utilizes much of this technology on a daily basis. Jim joined the Council in October 2017. Prior to that, he spent ten years as the Director of Assistive Technology for the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. He has also worked for the American Foundation for the Blind and Optelec US. Jim has a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. When not at work, Jim can be found watching sports, cooking on the grill or exploring new and interesting brewpubs with his wife.
Stacy Harbaugh is the social media and community specialist at designCraft Advertising. Before she joined the designCraft team she worked for over a decade in media relations, communications and community organizing for Madison’s nonprofit sector. She holds a degree in sociology, women’s studies and public relations from Ball State University and enjoys knitting, hiking and fostering kittens in her free time.
7:30 a.m. registration, networking and caffeine
8:00-9:30 a.m. presentation and questions
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