Webinar, August 13: Panel Discussion on Accessible Education
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Registration for the webinar “Panel Discussion on Accessible Education” is now closed, but you can register to watch the recording at your convenience.
Join Rainna Erikson from VitalSource, Elizabeth Simister from Blackboard, and Brian Elton, an accessibility engineer with TPG, for an open forum on accessible education. Rainna and Elizabeth will discuss the challenges they face as vendors to ensure their clients are providing accessible solutions to students, as well as solutions that helped resolve their problems. Attendees will learn how TPG has helped support these efforts and what has proved most successful for other higher education clients. The audience will come away with a better understanding of what is involved in creating accessible products, from modeling, to testing, to launch, as well as unique accessibility challenges faced by higher education organizations. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how higher education incorporates accessibility!
About the Participants
Rainna Erikson, Sr. Product Manager VitalSource
Sr. Product Manager, Rainna Erikson is responsible for VitalSource Bookshelf’s Online platform as well as institution, and instructor, facing analytics. As an avid reader with a background in publishing, Rainna works to enhance student learning by championing an integrated accessible reading experience and spearheading new features focused on study tools to help improve student success.
Elizabeth Simister, Product Accessibility Manager at Blackboard Inc.
Elizabeth Simister’s primary focus at Blackboard Inc. is working with the design and development teams to get them to the point where all products are as accessible as possible. Her secondary focus is working with other teams and clients to spread knowledge about accessibility best practices. She has been working in the field of accessibility for over 15 years in a wide range of roles.
Brian Elton, Accessibility Engineer at The Paciello Group
Brian Elton primarily audits websites for WCAG compliance while providing guidance to clients on how to make their websites more accessible. Before joining TPG, Brian spent more than 15 years working at various large digital agencies as a front-end developer and manager with a focus on web accessibility.
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