AccessU - the Premier Conference for Teaching and Learning Digital Accessibility Announces 2022 Schedule

Produced at St. Edward's University by Award Winning Advocate Knowbility, AccessU is Innovating to Be More Inclusive.

AccessU is named in honor of the late Dr. John Slatin, professor of English at UT Austin and a world-renowned authority in accessibility. Since 2004, Knowbility has gathered tech professionals, business people, educators, government employees, and civic leaders to learn from the world’s leading experts in web accessibility. When websites and applications are accessible, everyone, including people with disabilities, can use them.

Attendees and instructors have a range of travel preferences and learning styles. Training sessions at AccessU will be available online and be presented asynchronously via Knowbility’s Learning Center. Keynotes will be in-person in Austin and broadcast online for those joining virtually. AccessU’s asynchronous presentation is designed to meet the needs of anyone who cannot travel to the conference or prefers to learn at their own pace and on their own schedule. Some disabled people benefit greatly from this approach, and we are innovating to be more inclusive.

“For more than 20 years, Knowbility has led with an Austin style. We are entrepreneurial, we innovate solutions, and we bring the creative energy of startup culture to our activities.” Executive Director Sharron Rush said. “AccessU is a training conference, it is important to us that people leave with a sense that they have genuinely improved their skills and made meaningful connections to a growing network of practice. It is the excitement of real teaching and learning that distinguishes AccessU.”

“Faced with a pandemic that seems to never end and a weariness of remote conferences, we are trying a unique approach, a combination of in-person, remote, and asynchronous learning that will allow instructors and attendees to personalize their participation and meet their own specific needs, we’re very excited!”

About Knowbility:
Founded in 1999, Knowbility, Inc. is an international leader in digital accessibility. Knowbility advocates for digital inclusion for people with disabilities including those who are blind/low vision, deaf, mobility impaired, or have other disabilities. Knowbility’s team of experts is internationally recognized for its role in creating the worldwide standard for web accessibility. Co-Founder and Executive Director Sharron Rush serves as Co-Chair of the World Wide Web Consortium’s WAI Accessibility Education and Outreach Working Group. Since the first AIR competition in 1998, Knowbility has provided accessible web training to hundreds of corporations, government agencies, and community-based organizations throughout the United States. Knowbility’s accessibility testing and consulting team has guided the creation of more than 1,000 accessible websites, making information accessible to the 55 million Americans with disabilities and more than 1 billion world wide.

About St. Edwards University
St. Edward’s University was founded in 1885 and is a nationally ranked, Holy Cross university located in Austin, Texas. They educate the hearts and minds of undergraduate and graduate students, so they are prepared to make a difference.

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