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ATD Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Conference 2021

Accessibility By Design

Integrating Accessibility Principles Into Your Talent Development Strategies

Thursday, October 28, 2021

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CDT  (GMT-5)

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8:00 AM to 8:15 AM

     Welcome Message - ATD Tulsa President, Linda Jenkins

8:15 AM to 9:00 AM - OPENING KEYNOTE

     Looking and Leading Beyond Labels - Emeka Nnaka

9:00 AM to 9:30 AMNETWORKING

9:30 AM to 10: 30 AM - Choice of Workshops

     Optimize Your Storyline Course for Screen Readers - Diane Elkins

     Virtual Training for All: Delivering Accessible Live Online Training - Kevin Gumienny

10: 30 AM to 11:00 AM  NETWORKING

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - KEYNOTE

     No Learner Left Behind: Designing Inclusive (508 Compliant) Learning Programs & Materials - Maureen Orey

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM LUNCH BREAK

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM - Choice of Workshops

     The Trajectory of 508 Compliance at the FAA - Kevin Brierton

      Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Participants: Important Aspects to Consider - Mary H. Lightfoot

1:30 PM to 2:00 PM - NETWORKING

2:00 PM to 3:00 PMChoice of Workshops

     Designing Training for Neurodiverse Learners - Emily Wood

     Design Inclusive Training: Go Beyond Accessibility to Reach All Learners - Gwen N. Klapperich

3:00 PM to 3:15 PM - NETWORKING

3:15 PM to 4:00 PM - CLOSING

     Kahoot! Game and Prizes - ATD Oklahoma Conference Committee

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Seven (7) ATDOK21 Conference sessions - Maureen Orey, Keynote and six (6) workshops - have received HR Certification Institute® recertification credit pre-approval for seven (7) HR General credit hours. 

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Looking and Leading Beyond Labels - Emeka Nnaka MHR, CHMC

Whether visible or not, labels help us navigate the world and figure where we are going. However, labels also create barriers in access to certain spaces.

As the business case for diversity shows us, diverse teams are productive and profitable teams. This session will focus on discussing the ways talent and development professionals have direct influence on how their organizations are creating diverse spaces, intentional or otherwise.

ATD Capabilities Addressed: Cultural Awareness & Inclusion

Emeka Nnaka is a keynote speaker and advocate for hope. He helps organizations cultivate the power of hope to navigate times of stress and struggle.

Emeka is uniquely qualified to present life, its challenges, and its opportunities from the perspective of someone who found strength through tremendous adversity.

He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services from Langston University and his masters in HumanEmeka Nnaka MHR, CHMC Relations and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Oklahoma.

Emeka has been a returning guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where he was recognized for his service to the community and resilience through life’s challenges.

As a speaker, coach, therapist, and advocate, Emeka makes it his mission to inspire hope and by doing so, invite others to live beyond the labels of their circumstances.

To find out more about Emeka, visit his website at www.emekannaka.com. You can also find him on Instagram and Twitter: @emekannaka

Optimize Your Storyline Course for Screen Readers - Diane Elkins, Co-Founder, Artisan E-Learning and E-Learning Uncovered

While most major e-learning authoring tools let you create content that’s accessible to individuals with disabilities, it’s not automatic. You can’t just check a box. 

In this session, you’ll get to experience how screen reader software (for individuals with visual impairments) interprets an Articulate Storyline course. We’ll first go through a few slides with all the default settings and then go through the same course once the accessibility enhancements have been applied.

From there, you’ll learn about the major tasks needed to optimize a course for accessibility.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine which default settings can cause usability issues for screen reader users.
  • Set up helpful alt text
  • Remove non-content objects
  • Arrange objects in a logical order
  • Plan courses to use only accessible features

ATD Capabilities Addressed:  Cultural Awareness & Inclusion; Technology Application

Diane Elkins

Diane Elkins is the co-owner of Artisan E-Learning, a custom e-learning development company specializing in Articulate Studio, Storyline, Lectora, and Captivate. She has built a reputation as a national e-learning expert by being a frequent speaker at major industry events such as ATD ICE, ATD TechKnowledge, DevLearn, and Learning Solutions. She is also the co-author of the popular "E-Learning Uncovered" book series as well as "E-Learning Fundamentals: A Practical Guide" from ATD Press. She is a past board member of the Northeast Florida and Metro DC chapters of ATD.

 Virtual Training for All: Delivering Accessible Live Online Training - Kevin Gumienny, PhD. 

You already design training that engages and connects with your participants. And you’ve adapted your efforts to a world of virtual training and online education, as you’ve learned Zoom and Teams (and more). Accessibility can help you build on your efforts, especially when reaching participants with disabilities.

This session will help answer questions such as:

  • What barriers do participants face when participating in online training? How can designing a course with accessibility principles help everyone?
  • Are there principles or guidelines that will help make sure that online training is accessible? How can I make sure I’m reducing barriers, and not just checking boxes on a list?
  • How does accessibility affect the presentations I deliver live? What do I need to do to make sure that training is available and accessible for everyone?

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how addressing accessibility can help all learners participate in training.
  • Discuss how to ensure that online training is accessible.
  • Create training that fully engages all learners, including those with disabilities.

ATD Capabilities Addressed: Instructional Design; Training Delivery & Facilitation; Technology Application

Kevin Gumienny, PhD.

Senior consultant with more than 25 years’ experience in creating learning solutions for higher education, government agencies, and corporate clients, including the design of user-facing training, training programs, and institution-level policy development. An avid advocate for sharing skills and techniques who regularly delivers presentations at conferences and through webinars.

No Learner Left Behind: Designing Inclusive (508 Compliant) Learning Programs & Materials - Maureen Orey, Ed.D., CPTD

This is a highly interactive program, participants will interface with key big picture aspects of creating an accessible learning program that is also Section 508 compliant.

All five types of access needs are identified and modeled during the session, we demonstrate access to learning for participants with auditory, visual, motor coordination, mobility and cognitive needs and differences.

The session explores the law and how to evaluate current programs for compliance. It provides tools to tackle the challenge of creating accessible visuals, activities and quizzes that engages learners to optimize the learning process. We will demonstrate real world solutions for visuals (Images, Graphics, Videos, Text), audio interface (videos, interviews and music).

We examine high level options for assess to learning, testing systems, program implementation and final integration into an LMS. Tools and checklists to establish a plan of action to complete a comprehensive review process are provided.

Ultimately, this session helps participants identify the steps to take and the tools needed to proceed confidently to create high impact accessible learning materials and programs.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the five types of learning access needs for people with disabilities.
  • Integrate new ideas and methodologies to design accessible learning materials and programs.
  • Utilize checklists and tools to assess current program compliance.

ATD Capabilities AddressedInstructional Design; Training Delivery & Facilitation; Technology Application

Maureen has been recognized as "Outstanding Instructor of the Year" by SDSU's College of Extended Studies, and the WLP Group was Finalist for Excellence in Customer service with the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Mo is also an adjunct professor at USCD Rady School of Management, teaching others how to “Lead from the Middle.”

Her award winning Doctoral research on the Career Benefits and ROI of Volunteer Leadership was recognized at a globalMaureen Orey, Ed.D., CPTD event by the Association for Talent Development.

Dr. Orey is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), and was a Pilot Pioneer for that certification with the Association for Talent Development.

She is certified in Servant Leadership from the San Diego Leadership Institute, and is a certified facilitator of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Effective Project Management and Crucial Conversations.

Dr. Orey holds a M. Ed from the University of San Diego, a B.A in Psychology from San Diego State University, and recently completed her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. 

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The Trajectory of 508 Compliance at the FAA - Kevin Brierton, M.Ed. Instructional Systems Specialist, Curriculum Development Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 

During this session, we will use insights into the development of 508 Compliance at the FAA to demonstrate how everyone should and can ensure their e-learning products are compliant with Section 508 as part of their talent development strategies. During the session, Kevin will:

  1. Explain why Section 508 is important to the FAA from the perspective of the work force development.
  2. Describe how Section 508 impacts electronic learning products and development in the FAA.
  3. Explore the most common Section 508 compliance issues that affect e-learning in the FAA.
  4. Provide examples of compliant and non-complaint electronic e-learning in the form of web-based training examples using Articulate Storyline 360.

Learning Objectives:

  • After attending in this workshop participants will be able to:
  • Identify 508 section requirements.
  • Apply their knowledge of the 508 section requirements to their eLearning products.
  • Design eLearning products that comply with 508 standards. 

    ATD Capabilities Addressed: Cultural Awareness & Inclusion; Instructional Design; Technology Application

    Kevin Brierton, M.Ed.  20 years of experience in instructional systems and multimedia design. As a Senior Instructional Designer, I have designed and developed numerous computer-based training programs in PC client and web-based platforms. I have extensive knowledge of adult educational psychology, instructional systems design, educational and program evaluation, assessment evaluation and testing instruments, as well as the technical skills to develop instructional systems.

    Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Participants: Important Aspects to Consider - Mary H. Lightfoot, MS, NIC: Adv, CI/CT, Online Learning Manager, Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center|Gallaudet University

    Is your training accessible to deaf or hard of hearing individuals? How might you access the needs to ensure inclusion, not exclusion, of deaf individuals? Why is this important to consider?

    Join us as we discuss three important aspects when providing in person or remote training, events, or activities. We will explore the use of interpreters, use of captions, and presentation style.

    At the end of the session, you will be able to incorporate at least one point associated with each of the three aspects within your work.

    Learning Objectives

    • After participating in this workshop, participants will be able to:
    • Apply concept of variation of deaf and hard of hearing people to their decisions with setting up events, training, or activities.
    • Incorporate one point of the three aspects of working with deaf and hard of hearing people when focusing on inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing people in training, events, or activities, both online and in person.
    • Identify an upcoming training, event, or activity where they will incorporate inclusive practice for deaf and hard of hearing people.

    ATD Capabilites Addressed: Training Delivery & Faciliation; Technology Application; Instructional Design

    Mary Henry Lightfoot, MS, CI/CT, NIC: Adv. Is the online learning manager at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf EducationMary Henry Lightfoot, MS, CI/CT, NIC: Adv. Center|Gallaudet University. She manages national level projects addressing stakeholders who serve deaf and hard of hearing students and works as adjunct faculty teaching sign language interpreting courses. Mary is the author of numerous interpreting focused scholarly articles.

    Designing Training for Neurodiverse Learners - Emily Wood, Managing Director Serenity Learning, LLC.

    Neurodiversity is the term used to describe anyone with a different brain process. The latest studies show this is upwards of 30% of the population. It includes Autistic learners and people with dyslexia, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among others. Even with the 508 compliance regulations to support people covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a large population of our current and potential learners are not having their needs met with traditional training development. In this session, we’ll review the considerations you can make to be more inclusive of the needs of today’s learners.

    Learning Objectives

    • Define the audiences who are not currently represented in our training development considerations.
    • Identify ways in which we can alter how we develop training to better meet the needs of neurodiverse audiences.
    • Reframe our development process to integrate best practices to support more of our learners.

    Emily Wood Emily is the founder and managing director of Serenity Learning LLC. With over 16 years of experience in training and instructional design, Emily has executed in-person and online training programs for the federal government, nonprofits, and the corporate sector. She has led software training, soft skills training, and compliance projects. She holds a Master's of Science degree in Instructional Science and Technology and has CPTD, PMP, and PMI-ACP certifications.

    Design Inclusive Training: Go Beyond Accessibility to Reach All Learners - Gwen N. Klapperich, M.Ed, CPTD, Chief Learning Consultant at KITA

    Today’s training programs cannot be one-size-fits all. We have a diverse workforce who may have challenges understanding learning concepts due to challenges ranging from English language barriers to physical and cognitive disabilities. We need to address learner needs based on a wide range of ability, disability, age, reading level, learning preferences, native language, race, and ethnicity, to name a few. But how do we make our training as inclusive as possible?

    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an instructional method that challenges us to go beyond the ADA, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 508 requirements to use a framework that reduces as many barriers to learning as possible, especially for workers with low literacy, English language learners, and employees with disabilities.

    In this session, we will explore the seven principles of UDL and discuss three elements of learning: representation (the WHAT of learning), action and expression (the HOW of learning) and engagement (the WHY of learning). We will also examine ways to incorporate these principles into our current and future training designs.

    Learning Objectives

    After participating in this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Identfy various learning challenges and barriers that today’s workers may encounter
    • Define and discuss the three elements for Universal Design for Learning: representation, action and expression, and engagement
    • Determime ways in which to apply UDL to their current and future training programs

    Gwen N. Klapperich, M.Ed, CPTD Gwen Navarrete Klapperich, M.Ed., CPTD® is Chief Learning Consultant of Klapperich International Training Associates (KITA) LLC, a talent development consulting firm that specializes in employee training & development, diversity & inclusion initiatives, performance consulting, and health & safety training. She holds over 20 years of experience in training & development, customer service supervision, and quality assurance initiatives, and has worked in various industries such as retail, call centers, healthcare, government, hospitality, nonprofits, and continuing education. Gwen earned her CPTD® from the Association of Talent Development and holds a master’s degree in education specializing in Training & Performance Improvement from Capella University. She has dedicated her career to helping adult learners reach their professional goals through effective job training.

    There are several registration fee options available, each depending upon your affiliation with ATD and ATD Chapters:


    The deadline to register for #ATDOK21 is 11:45 PM Wednesday, October 27.

    There is no "on-site" day-of-event registration available.

    Pricing valid through October 27:

    • If you're a member of ATD Tulsa, you don't need a code to register for ATDOK21 for $100 
    • If you're a member of Central Oklahoma Chapter ATD, here's the code you can use to register for ATDOK21 for $100: ATDCOC2021
    • If you're a member of ATD or another ATD Chapter, here's the code you can use to register for ATDOK21 for $120:  ATDOK2021
    • If you're a fulltime student or unemployed, here's the code you can use to register for ATDOK21 for $60: ATDOklahoma2021
    • If you're not affiliated with ATD, you don't need a code to register for ATDOK21 for $140

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